The Gold Standard (Age 10 to 14)
Between the ages of 10 and 14 is the most common time for orthodontic treatment. Known as “The Gold Standard” in orthodontic circles, it is when the most amount of treatment can be accomplished in the least amount of time.
This is due to the rapid changes occurring in the mount both due to jaw growth and tooth eruption.
This is also a good time for orthodontic treatment because many negative associations of braces are not present. Many children in this age range undergo orthodontic treatment partly because of the reason listed above.
Besides the benefits of fitting in with their friends, children at this age have high metabolisms, which can help shorten overall treatment time and reduce the discomfort of orthodontic treatment.
Examples of Adolescent Therapy
The most common method of adolescent therapy is to progressively add braces until they are all in place and then remove them all at the same time.
Progressive addition of braces allows for Dr. Grob to monitor growth, cut down on discomfort and react to unexpected or undesirable growth. It lessens the need for teeth to be removed.
Typically, the upper braces are on for 6 to 9 months followed by the lower braces for 6 to 9 months and then the twelve year molars for the remaining period for a total of from just under 2 years to up to 2 and one half years. Rare situations, usually related to slow tooth growth or growth discrepancies result is more time. Likewise, favorable growth, hitting the right growth spurt and exceptional cooperation may shorten the time.
AAO Adolescent treatment Guide