Teeth can be moved at any age. During the teenage years, treatment may take advantage of remaining jaw growth to correct the bite problem, especially around the growth spurt stage (at 12 years in girls and 15 years in boys).
But Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for children and teens. Many adults choose to receive orthodontic treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining a functional bite, preserving their dentition, and they want to feel confident about their smile. Orthodontic treatment at this stage requires the use of fixed appliances (braces) in combination with removable appliances.
Adults are not growing and sometimes experience worn, damaged, missing teeth and/or loss of the bone that supports the teeth. For these reasons, adult treatments normally require coordination between the orthodontist, oral surgeon, periodontist, endodontist, and family dentist to ensure the complete rehabilitation of the bite.