When Should Kids Get Braces
If your child has crooked teeth, chances are, they’ll need braces to give them a dazzling and confident smile. But many parents have the same questions about pursuing orthodontic treatment — what is the best age to see the orthodontist? And is there a right age for getting braces?
The truth is, no set-in-stone age is best. In fact, it’s recommended that your child see an orthodontist well before they get their braces. That way, your orthodontist can develop a plan to help prevent future issues.
If you think your child may need orthodontic care, they should begin seeing an orthodontist by the age of seven. At Sprout Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we not only provide pediatric dental care but also address orthodontic concerns for our Portland patients and develop a future treatment plan to ensure a straight and beautiful smile.
What Is a Good Age for Braces?
Every child is unique, which means that each child’s mouth develops in its own way. Many changes occur during childhood, not only to their teeth but also to their mouths and jaws. As you observe their growth, you may notice issues with their teeth and bite alignment. By the time your child is seven years old, the most common orthodontic problems will become visible. They can include:
- Uneven bite
- Crooked teeth
- Protruding teeth
As soon as you notice any of these concerns, it’s time to schedule your child’s initial orthodontic evaluation. Even though the orthodontist may not recommend immediate treatment, this early appointment can help prevent issues later on. The orthodontist will be able to identify potential growth concerns, come up with a treatment plan and possibly even speed up the treatment process once you get started. Once you talk to them, you won’t have to worry about when your child should get braces — they’ll keep you informed.
Whether you opt for traditional braces, clear braces or clear aligners, such as Invisalign, the orthodontist will guide you through the process and help you choose the optimal time to begin treatment. Some children start their orthodontic treatment as young as six. However, most agree that the best age to get braces or another form of treatment is between the ages of 8 and 14, which is when the head and mouth are most conducive to straightening.
Schedule Your Child’s First Orthodontic Appointment
If your little one is seven years old or you notice that there may be some potential orthodontic concerns, it’s time to schedule their first orthodontic appointment. At Sprout Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, this initial consultation allows us to develop a treatment plan for your child’s orthodontic care to ensure they have a dazzling smile for years to come.
We welcome you to contact us today to find out more about our orthodontic services or to request an appointment. Our kid-friendly practice, right here in Portland, provides orthodontic care along with pediatric dental services all under one roof, allowing your child to receive all their oral health care in one location. We look forward to meeting you and your child and getting started on the right plan for their oral health.
Dr. Paul is a Portland native and attended OHSU for dental school. He finished his Orthodontic Residency training program in Philadelphia, PA before returning back to Portland. Dr. Paul is a kid at heart & loves working with kids and teens in his orthodontic practice.