When is the best time for braces?
When you think of a kid with braces, you often picture a teenager. However, many kids begin and end their treatment way before then.
The answer to when your child should get braces is case dependent: why does your child need braces? Is there a gap, overcrowding, an overbite, underbite, or something else? A dentist may recommend that your child see an orthodontist around the age of seven or eight, when many of the permanent teeth are coming in.
When Not to Wait:
For example, if your child has a small jaw, he may need a palatal expander, which literally expands the size of the jaw. This must be done at an early age, usually before the age of ten, while the jaw is still growing. This device is placed on the inside of your child’s teeth; no one will know that he or she is wearing it. A major advantage to wearing this device is that the adult teeth come in straighter than they would have had they been left untreated. Some children do not need braces at all after wearing a palatal expander, but most will; however, braces will most likely be worn for a shorter period of time.
Braces can often Wait until Adolescence:
Your orthodontist is an expert and can help you develop the most efficient treatment plan. In many cases, the orthodontist will choose to wait until adolescence to begin treatment because by the age of 11 or 12, most children have their adult teeth. The most common age for braces is between the ages of 10 and 14 when the child is still growing.
There are many reasons to visit an orthodontist. Why not come in for a consult and we can determine your best course of treatment?