The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children should have first orthodontic appointment at age of 7 years.
It is the transitional stage where child is in mixed dentition stage. If some orthodontic mal-occlusion is diagnosed at the early age, it is better to correct it with orthodontic treatment before the worsening the severity later the age of 7 years.
It was old saying that, until you get the all permanent teeth erupted, orthodontic treatment cannot be proceeded. But with the recent advances and latest research, the preventive orthodontics should be carried out in the mixed dentition period for the correction of mal-occlusion such as anterior non-overlapp of the teeth and jaw corrections such as growth modifications.
Hence the proper timing and expert advice of orthodontist is essential for the growing children with mal-occlusion.
The ideal age for the orthodontic treatment is 14-18 years of the age. In this age group, the permanent teeth have been erupted and overall growth of the face and jaws is in completion stage.
The successful and well finished orthodontic treatment outcome is there in this age group. There are various orthodontic treatment options are available for younger individuals who are concern about the esthetic appearance of the braces (Invisible braces and ceramic braces as well as clear path aligners) and some are concern to get finished off orthodontic treatment early (Self ligation braces and power braces) in which treatment will be finished in 8-10 months depending on severity of case
Two-three decades back, the adult orthodontic treatment was not conceivable. But with the recent advances and latest research, the Adult orthodontic treatment is possible till adult have firm and health teeth. There are many treatment options available for orthodontic treatment of adults like Invisible braces and ceramic braces as well as clear path aligners.