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Orthodontists offer advice about teen dental care
Updated: 4/10/2009 1:00:22 PM

Orthodontists offer advice about teen dental care Parents may want to start corrective dental care at the beginning of their child's teenage years in an effort to get the best results, according to two orthodontists from Washington DC.

Dr. Bob Gillespie, who is reportedly called Dr. Bob by his patients, told Examiner.com that his philosophy is to "not to treat too early, unless the treatment would not involve removing permanent teeth."

Dr. Bob is joined at his practice by his brother, Dr. John, who said some patients may require two different phases of dental care in relation to braces.

"I tell every parent to expect phase two, and sometimes they're pleasantly surprised when they don't have to," Dr. Jon told the news provider. He added girls usually start with braces between the ages of 11 and 12, and that boys start around 13 or 14.

Both doctors agreed that these procedures are best done in the teenage years, since a child's body is still growing and that their bodies will embrace the dental care easier than adults, according to the article.

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