The best age varies from patient to patient. Orthodontic treatment most commonly begins between ages 10 and 14 because kids in this age range have at least some permanent teeth and are still growing.
The majority of orthodontic problems, such as crowding, too much space between teeth, protruding upper teeth, extra or missing teeth, and jaw growth problems may be inherited. Some other problems develop over time when children suck their thumbs or fingers, breathe through their mouths, or have poor dental hygiene, poor nutrition, or other problems.
Today, one in five orthodontic patients is an adult. If your teeth are healthy, an orthodontist can move them at any age. It is important, however, that any existing problems, such as periodontal disease or worn, damaged, decayed, or missing teeth, be addressed first. Once you are fitted with braces, you will be able to continue to live a completely normal life. You will be able to sing, play a musical instrument, dine out, kiss, and have your picture taken. Some modern braces are nearly invisible.