This advantage may be crucial to the successful treatment of severe overbites and underbites. Another treatment during this period involves the habit-breaking treatment, maintenance of space with early tooth loss, and correction of crossbites.
Usually, 10-13 years old is the typical age that the last baby teeth are lost, allowing the alignment of the permanent teeth. Because this coincides with the pubertal growth spurt, we have a large amount of growth that can be harnessed and redirected. Using the child’s rapid jaw growth limits the need for extractions of permanent teeth.
Adult Treatment can be comprehensive or limited to specific issues. The process of tooth movement is identical to the treatment of children with the only limitation being the lack of growth.
Some patients need comprehensive treatment and are treated for the first time as adults, where others have revision needs. Revisions can be needed due to relapse, shifting due to tooth loss, crowding associated with aging, or a variety of other situations.
Sometimes orthodontics is needed in conjunction with periodontal treatment or in preparation for restorative treatment (implant and bridges). Also, orthodontics is frequently the most effective way to correct problems with the temporomandibular (jaw) joints.