According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), a child should visit us as early as six months to one year of age, or approximately when their primary (baby) teeth start to appear. While this is still too young to get braces, it can allow us to plan for the possibility of needing them in the future.
Is Your Child a Candidate for Braces?
During your child’s appointment, we may help assess them early for malocclusions, jaw misalignment, and other concerns. This can help mitigate further symptoms of misalignment of teeth and other oral diseases. In particular, we specialize in diagnosing misaligned teeth and will give you adequate treatments to alleviate it. A child may be treated with braces as soon as they have lost their primary teeth. The permanent teeth should have settled in with the patient’s oral cavity. At this stage, the treatment could begin. It usually occurs in ages 8 to 14 years old, and falls in the child-to-teenager stage. If you are already an adult, you may not be too old to get braces. We specialize in different forms of braces and can assess you. You could get braces at any age, as long as your gums and teeth are healthy. You should always practice good oral hygiene to strengthen your gums, which can help achieve a beautiful, healthy smile.
Benefits of Having Braces at an Early Age
At an early age, children may get assessed by our dental team to determine if they need orthodontic treatment to improve their jaw alignment, teeth growth, and oral hygiene. We recommend early orthodontic treatments for your children, as it will be more efficient in the long for them. We believe that this can help your children have best confidence in their teenage years, and we are here to guide them in every way. To learn more, please do not hesitate to contact us today!