girl dental braces

girl dental braces

A question that is frequently asked at the dentist is, “When should my child get braces?” In short, there is no universal answer. It depends upon every child’s individual & unique set of circumstances, but there are some guidelines and factors to consider when determining what time is best for your child.

Many orthodontists recommend having a child evaluated for orthodontic treatment as early as 7 years of age. It is important to note that this does not mean that your child will get braces at this age. It gives the orthodontist a chance to evaluate the patent’s teeth and get a sense of what treatment may be needed as they grow and develop. At 7 years old, most children have had some permanent teeth erupt into the mouth, and the orthodontist can get an idea of what the orientation of the permanent teeth will be going forward. In certain instances, orthodontic treatment may be required at this age. By treating various conditions at an early age, it can be easier to prevent or eliminate more severe & extensive treatment later on. If your child does in fact need braces early in life, it is imperative to help them with their oral hygiene.

Most children initiate orthodontic treatment between 10 and 14 years of age. During this age range, patients have typically lost all of their baby teeth and the teeth & jaws are able to tolerate long-term orthodontic treatment. Teens and pre-teens tend to be mature enough and responsible enough to cope with the challenges associated with orthodontic treatment such as dietary changes & modification as well as better/increased attention to oral hygiene habits.

You are also never too old to receive orthodontic treatment. Many adults did not have access to orthodontic treatment as children or they delayed getting braces for a myriad of reasons. As a result, many patients get orthodontic treatment much later in life.

Ultimately, your child will need a professional evaluation from an orthodontist to determine when the right time is to start treatment.

Contact Sala Family Dentistry to inquire about braces for your child today!



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