What is the best age for my child to get braces?
You have probably wondered what the best age for braces is or maybe you want to know if you can get them as an adult. While there is no specific age that people have to get braces by, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children get checked for orthodontic issues by the age of seven. The benefits to having an orthodontist screen your child early include:
- It will allow the specialist to begin tracking growth and development
- Any oral problems or challenges are discovered early on
- It can reduce the amount of time that braces must be worn since the teeth can be more easily guided
Even if your child is screened by age seven, they will most likely not get braces until all of their permanent teeth have come in, which is usually between ages 10-14. There are some circumstances that may require your child to begin treatment before all of their permanent teeth have come in, however. These conditions include:
- If the teeth are overcrowded
- Having an overbite, where the upper teeth protrude too far past the lower teeth
- Having an underbite, where the lower teeth protrude too far past the upper teeth
- Having a crossbite, where the upper and lower jaw do not line up
- Having an open bite, where the upper and lower teeth do not meet
Your child’s orthodontist will be able to detect these conditions and recommend a treatment plan that works best for your child’s specific needs.
Can I get braces as an adult?
Even though you may think of braces as something that only adolescents have, it is really never too late to get braces if you need them, since teeth can be moved into different positions at any age. If your teeth are misaligned it can make it harder for you to speak or chew, cause discomfort, and make you self-conscious about smiling. Perhaps you have put off getting braces because you are worried about how they will affect your appearance. If this is the case, you should ask your orthodontist about options like ceramic braces and clear aligners. The first step in getting a smile you will be happy with is to contact an orthodontist to establish the best treatment plan for you.
At EA Smiles, we look forward to hearing from you whether you need orthodontic treatment for your child, yourself, or both!