The most common time for orthodontic treatment in adolescence is between the ages 11-15. Most children by the age of 12 have acquired their complete set of permanent teeth. It is at this time the most common orthodontic problems reveal themselves. This includes crooked teeth, spaces between teeth, and uneven bites. Unfortunately, these problems do not correct themselves and require the assistance of orthodontics. Orthodontics provides many benefits to create a confident smile, but more importantly, treatment provides many dental health benefits. Straight teeth collect less plaque, minimizing the chance for decay and gum disease. Properly aligned bites support gum and bone structure health by relieving tension. In addition, aligned teeth prevent unbalanced wear. Most importantly, adolescent treatment sets each individual patient up for a lifetime of optimal dental health giving you a radiant smile.