What age can you get braces?
Good parents know that orthodontic care starts young, and the fact is the sooner that orthodontic issues are identified, the sooner they can be worked on and ultimately the faster the treatment will be. Few things are worse than orthodontic issues, especially serious ones, when left undiagnosed and untreated for years or even decades. It is always in you and your child’s best interest to make sure that orthodontic work is done at the youngest age possible. This is because children oftentimes take to orthodontic treatment faster and heal faster than adults do later in life.
Not only that, but it also sets your child up for a lifetime of orthodontic success by fixing any potential major issues before they ever became a problem. Helping to head off major oral issues for your adult child by simply making sure that they got proper orthodontic care as a younger one will save you and them money, pain, and discomfort, and will ultimately benefit the long-term health of your child. Let’s take a moment to see what do the experts on oral health have to say on the topic?
Orthodontic treatment for children commences with the monitoring of oro-facial functions as early as 3 to 4 years (Glineur, R., & Balon-Perin, A. 2001). This may sound really young, but the American Orthodontic Association recommends that every child get a first visit to the orthodontist by age 7. This may seem odd to you, especially since they are just starting to get their adult teeth, and you are not alone. But, at this age, a pediatric orthodontist will have the chance to assess the teeth and jaw arch and make recommendations right away.
This initial stage is generally preventative, and orthodontists monitor the children to ensure that any potential orthodontic issues are picked up (Glineur, R., & Balon-Perin, A. 2001).
Once children have developed both milk and permanent teeth, orthodontic intervention becomes interceptive if necessary (Glineur, R., & Balon-Perin, A. 2001). That means that your orthodontist will move from just monitoring the teeth to actually doing some treatment. That treatment will vary based on what your child needs, and it may not even involve braces.
Speaking of braces, ever wonder what options there are?
Braces for kids
When thinking about kids braces, many parents wonder what type of braces will actually be best for their child. There are many different styles and types of braces and some are better for children than others. Only by talking with your pediatric orthodontic office will you be able to make a firm determination as to your child’s exact needs.
One major determining factor is of course price. With traditional metal braces having the lowest cost of nearly every orthodontic treatment available, it is little wonder then that traditional metal braces continue to be very widely used. One of the reasons why these ones work so great for younger kids is simply because their self-image and self-esteem is still largely determined by parental involvement and is not as much internalized.
While adults may feel incredibly awkward wearing traditional metal braces, children often love getting to choose the different band colors to match their birthday colors, favorite sports teams, or even matching the colors for holidays like using red and green for Christmas. Something that might be a self-esteem deflator for an adult can often be a reason kids actually like traditional metal braces.
However, there are other types of braces as well and while traditional metal braces continue to be one of the most used for children, there are other types such as ceramic braces which are designed to be tooth colored and so blend in more easily with your child’s smile.
One type of orthodontic corrective work which is better for older tweens and teens might be Invisalign. While young children may not mind wearing traditional metal braces, teenagers most certainly do. If you have a responsible teen child then he or she may be a good candidate for utilizing Invisalign which has a similar price point to ceramic braces but is nearly totally invisible since it is a plastic retainer that clips onto the teeth. This can help give your child a huge level of self-esteem at a time when teenagers most need it.
Plus, there are many treatments that are available for kids that don’t involve braces at all. For narrow upper dental arches, palate expanders may be used to provide more room for the teeth so that they are not crowded as the adult teeth come in, or erupt.
Finding a pediatric orthodontist is an important consideration as most people do not realize that only a good orthodontist can help with children’s braces. Pediatric orthodontists are similar to traditional orthodontists in most regards except for the fact that a pediatric orthodontist got additional certifications to be able to expertly treat younger clients.
Pediatric orthodontics is an important qualification as there are some issues which are more notable and for which young people may be more at risk than older adults. Bearing this in mind, a pediatric orthodontic office is going to be far more qualified at providing high levels of care to your child and will also be far more qualified to diagnose any potential issues that may arise since they have been specifically trained to notice and monitor issues that are more particular to children receiving orthodontic care.
How to know if you need braces
Getting braces is something that you can discuss with your orthodontic office because depending on the patient’s age, an individual may not need braces. So at what age can you get braces? You can get braces at nearly any age; however, there are a couple of requirements at the bottom and at the top of the age range. The first one is it’s important to make sure that the children’s permanent teeth have actually come in or are at least starting to come in before attempting to utilize orthodontic correction like braces. This is why the youngest children should typically be getting orthodontic braces installed is around 11 or 12 years old.
Every good parent knows that it is their responsibility to keep their children safe, and ensure that they maintain good health as much as possible. This includes maintaining good dental health.
When it comes to the oral health of children, many parents have questions, including when should I take my child to see the dentist? Is it necessary for my child to go see a dentist? Should I accompany my child to visit an orthodontist?Is an orthodontist visit necessary?What is the minimum age for my child to see an orthodontist? And what if my child needs braces?
These are great and necessary questions that every responsible parent may have considered at some point or maybe considering now for the future. For some, you may already have a family dentist who you visit or a family orthodontist who can guide you and give you answers to these questions.
For others who are not registered with a dentist or an orthodontist, there is no better time like the present to visit your local dentist or orthodontist to start the journey of maintaining the best oral health for you and your family. Ivanov Orthodontics are a great option for you, and you can give them a call to book a free no obligation initial consultation so that you can decide for yourself if they are a good fit for you and your family.
Glineur, R., & Balon-Perin, A. (2001). L’orthodontie de l’enfant et de l’adulte [Orthodontic treatment in children and adults]. Revue medicale de Bruxelles, 22(4), A299–A303.