The perfect age for children to have braces is…
No Perfect Age for Braces
Because children develop at different rates, there is no perfect age that most children will require orthodontic treatment. However, we recommend that all children have their first orthodontic evaluation by age 7 or 8, allowing us to diagnose potential problems such as teeth overcrowding and uneven bites. Starting the process early by visiting an orthodontist doesn’t mean that your child will need braces right away. Rather, it gives the orthodontist the ability to identify serious and minor concerns, decide if any treatment is needed, and plan for interceptive or preventative treatment if needed.
Early Evaluation is Essential
While we tend to think that orthodontic treatment is only for children after they’ve lost their baby teeth, some children need orthodontic treatment while their baby teeth are falling out to ensure that the adult teeth have sufficient space to grow in properly. Other children may need braces earlier to correct a misaligned bite. Overbites, underbites, and crossbites can lead to serious oral health problems over time.
Another important point is that between the ages of 7 and 14, childrens’ jaws are softer and more flexible. Orthodontic treatment is less painful and quicker when the jaw bones are malleable. After age 15, teens’ jaws harden, and orthodontic treatment will take longer.
Length of Treatment
Orthodontic treatment and the length of time required for wearing braces varies based on each individual’s situation, but it’s fair to say that many children need to wear braces for 18 months to 2 years. But, when the patients follow the orthodontist’s recommendations, the treatment time may be even shorter.
After wearing braces, most children and teens need follow up treatment using a retainer. This dental appliance is exactly what individuals need to prevent potential movement of the teeth after treatment with braces. Dental retainers will be the key to maintain the beautiful smile that the dental braces created.
Keep in mind that dental braces are not merely for aesthetics, but rather to align the jaws and teeth to prevent more serious oral hygiene problems, TMJ disorder, cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss. Click here for more information about why straight teeth matter.
If you think you or a family member can benefit from straighter teeth, please contact a qualified dental health professional such as SmilingYangs Orthodontics to obtain a comprehensive evaluation. Your orthodontist will discuss your diagnosis and find the best treatment options available for you or your children.
Since 1998, USC and Harvard – trained Dentist and Orthodontist James T. Yang, B.D.S., D.D.S., D.M.Sc., has provided state-of-the-art orthodontic care and service to the South Florida community. SmilingYangs Orthodontics, opened in 1998, is dedicated to providing excellent orthodontic care, treating each patient with respect and professionalism. Dr. Yang and his talented team at SmilingYangs Orthodontics take pride in their office atmosphere: a friendly, comfortable environment with courteous, attentive, and punctual staff members. Learn more about SmilingYangs Orthodontics and their excellent patient reviews at www.smilingyangs.com or call (954) 623-8446 to schedule an appointment today.
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