The best time for braces is when your child’s permanent teeth come in. However, there are other types of treatments that may require earlier care. For this reason, The American Association of Orthodontists and the American Dental Association recommend that all kids be evaluated for orthodontic treatment by the age of 7.
The main reasons that a child would need braces are to correct crooked, overcrowded or overlapping teeth or a bad bite. It is best to correct these issues while a child is still growing and the teeth are easier to move. Although braces can still be effective on adults, the treatment may take longer and require more extreme measures. Over time, damage can occur to the teeth of adults who neglected orthodontic treatment during their childhood.
The optimal time for braces for most kids is between the ages of 10 and 14.
Occasionally we need to start treatment a little earlier than normal. Usually, this is due to a front tooth being in crossbite. We refer to this limited type of treatment as Phase 1.
However, we like to try to treat most cases in one total phase of treatment. This can make it easier on patients and parents when treatment is done in one phase over a two year period, as opposed to multiple phases over many years.
Regular dental checkups
If you are taking your child in for regular dental checkups, your dentist will be able to foresee any issues and recommend you to an orthodontist at the appropriate time. Children should be taken to a dentist every six months according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
See an orthodontist
The best way to know if your child is ready for braces is by bringing them in to be looked at by a professional. Starting the process early does not mean that your child will get braces right away. By taking the initiative and bringing your child in, the orthodontist will be aware of any potential problems, map out a plan for treatment and give you a timeline for your child that will be unique to his or her individual mouth.
If you live in the Louisville area or in Middletown or in Okolona or Campbellsville and have any questions or concerns, we would be more than happy to offer you a free consultation with Dr. Matt at Akridge Orthodontics!