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1. At what age can people have orthodontic treatment? 

Children and adults of any age can benefit from orthodontic treatment. You might be amazed to learn that one in five orthodontic patients is an adult. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists estimates that nearly 1,000,000 adults in the United States and Canada are currently receiving orthodontic treatment from a specialist. 
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Healthy teeth can be moved at almost any age. Many orthodontic problems can be corrected as easily and as well for adults as they are for children. Orthodontic forces move the teeth in the same way for both a 55-year-old adult and a 12-year-old child.

Despite the fact that healthy teeth can be moved at almost any time, some orthodontic problems may be easier to correct if treated at an early age. Complicating factors, such as waiting until all the permanent teeth have come in, or until facial growth is nearly complete, may make correction of some problems more difficult. Because of this, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that all children have their first orthodontic screening no later than age seven. Regardless, an orthodontic evaluation at any age is advantageous if a general (family) dentist, physician, family member, or even a friend has noticed a problem. 

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