At what age should my child get braces?
In some case, knowing whether or not your child will need braces is difficult and it can be even more difficult to decide when the right time is to make that trip to the orthodontist. Generally, a dentist will recommend braces to improve the patient’s orofacial appearance and to treat any problems relating to crooked teeth, crowded teeth, overbites and underbites and jaw positioning.
The right time to get braces can be very dependant on the child. Generally, it is best to get braces between the ages of 10 and 14 due to the structure and growth stages of the head and mouth. While the head and mouth are still growing, teeth are more adaptive to change which will ultimately make the process easier. This isn’t to say people must get braces within these few years, in fact more and more adults are receiving braces now.
Getting braces can be a positive or negative experience for a child. Some children are very enthusiastic and excited to receive braces whereas some children can become worried about the big change in their appearance. This is another factor that should be considered when deciding when the right time is for your child to have braces. It will be a much better experience for your child if they are mentally prepared for the change.
How long will they need braces?
The length of the treatment will depend on the severity of the problems. Some people will wear braces for as little as 9 months while some people will wear them for upwards of 3 years. This is then followed with wearing a retainer for a couple of years to ensure no movement occurs once the braces are removed. Many other variables affect the length of treatment including the maintenance of oral hygiene and showing up to all follow up appointments.
All of this is very dependent on the child and the problems their teeth and mouth may have. By keeping up with regular check ups, your dentist will be able to advise when they think is a good time to make an orthodontist appointment and have an evaluation of your child’s teeth. There are many different options for braces treatment including Invisalign, lingual braces and SmileFast Magic Braces.
Make an appointment today for a checkup and an orthodontic evaluation where we can run through the various treatment options we have available and which will work best for your child.