At What Age Should My Child Get Braces?


One question that many people, especially parents, have is at what is the best age for braces? There is no right answer to this question, but we can draw from our years of experience to provide some advice on factors to consider when deciding the best age for braces.

Early Intervention: Ages 7-9

It is a good plan to have your child assessed for braces as early as age 7. This does not mean that braces will be put on that early, but it can give you a glance of what future treatment might look like for them.
By age 7, most of your child’s baby teeth have started to come out, and your dentist can get a good sense of what the alignment of permanent teeth will look like. A child may also be a candidate for early braces if he or she has protruding teeth, a crossbite, or tooth crowding. Catching and treating these symptoms early can prevent them from getting worse as more permanent teeth arrive in the future.

Prime Treatment Time: Ages 10-14

Most children who need braces get them between the ages of 10 and 14. At this age, their baby teeth have completely fallen out, and the jaw is stable enough to support long-term orthodontic treatment. Braces nowadays come in several varieties from traditional metal brackets to ceramics and invisible aligners, also known as Invisalign. Once braces are ready to come off, a retainer will likely be needed to keep teeth in their correct alignment and prevent additional treatment later on.

Older Options: Ages 14+

Contrary to what you might think, you are never too old for braces! Many adults do not have access to orthodontics as kids or delay getting braces for other reasons. With Invisalign being an option and how practically invisible they are, more and more adults are choosing to get braces to straighten their teeth.

Schedule Your Next Dentist Appointment with Family First Dental

In the end, the only way to know when or what is the best age for braces for your child is to receive a professional evaluation from your local dentist. Contact Family 1st Dental at (402) 644-3177 to schedule your child’s next dentist appointment today!

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Posted on: Monday, February 25, 2019
Last modified on: Friday, March 1, 2019

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