Adolescence is generally the ideal time for orthodontic treatment. There are a few reasons for this, including the way the teeth develop. While each child’s dental timetable is a bit different, the baby teeth have typically all been lost, and adult teeth have grown in between the ages of 11 and 13. This is an ideal time to work on correcting any issues regarding bite patterns, tooth spacing, or crookedness.
As a teen gets older, their orthodontic problems may worsen and become more difficult (and expensive) to treat. This is because the teeth and bones of the face and jaw will stabilize in adulthood, making them more difficult to shift.