What Age Should My Child Be Seen for Braces?

The best time for your child to get dental braces depends on the severity and the cause of the misalignment of your child’s teeth. Your Orthodontist will be the one to perform an evaluation and determine whether braces are necessary or not. An orthodontist is a dentist with additional training, who specializes in aligning and straightening teeth.

Most orthodontists would recommend that a child has an evaluation by the time they’re 7 years old. Traditionally braces are used for treatment after a child has lost most of their primary teeth (the baby teeth) and a majority of their permanent teeth have grown in. This typically happens between the ages of 8 to 14.

Two-Phase Approach

Some orthodontists would prefer to take an interceptive approach, which involves the use of dental appliances, not always braces, at an earlier age, while a child still has most of their baby teeth. Once a child has most of their adult teeth, the second phase of treatment is started which usually calls for braces. The second phase of braces can be shorter than the traditional course if an early treatment has been performed.

Depending on the orthodontist you go to and the nature of your child’s teeth will depend on whether you take the traditional or two-phase approach. Orthodontists who favor the traditional approach say that a two-phase approach to treatment can actually increase the total time and potentially the expense of orthodontic treatment with generally similar results. However, other orthodontists believe guidance of growth using dental appliances before the second phase of treatment makes correction easier.

Case by Case

The best choice for you and your child will largely depend on the severity of your child’s dental problems. Talk with your child’s dentist or orthodontist about the best course of action. If you haven’t chosen a dentist or orthodontist yet, Burg Children’s Dentistry is there for you!

Feel free to contact us to schedule a free braces consultation, for more information, or questions about your children’s teeth! With 14 locations throughout Utah, Burg Children’s Dentistry is convenient and trusted in multiple communities.

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