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Best Age for Children to Get Braces

Young girl with bracesOrthodontic treatment isn’t just used to fix crooked teeth. It can also help with jaw alignment and proper spacing. Because of this, it may not always be apparent that a child needs orthodontic treatment. This is why it’s important that all children receive an orthodontic evaluation.

Around the age of 7, children should be evaluated for misalignments, spacing problems, missing teeth, an improper bite, or crowding. These factors can all help to determine whether a child needs orthodontic treatment and if so, which type of orthodontic device would be the most helpful. This evaluation will also help determine the best age for your child to receive dental braces or other orthodontic treatment.

Best Age for Orthodontic Braces

Orthodontic concerns can be addressed at any age including childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. However, it’s been established that the best time to place orthodontic braces is while a child’s mouth and head are still growing. This means that middle school-aged children (11-14) are the best candidates for orthodontic treatment. This is also a good age because it means that the child is old enough to be responsible for his or her own oral health routine. This routine should include brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, and making sure to care properly for braces.

Orthodontic Treatment Length

Orthodontic treatment time varies based on the severity of the misalignment, type of orthodontic device, and the age of the patient. During your child’s consultation, Dr. Rhoda Lockett will provide a time range of how long braces may be needed to achieve the desired results. This timeline may change though, based on how receptive the teeth and jaw are to movement.

That said, the average amount of time a patient has braces is around 18 months to 2 years. Once braces are removed, it may be necessary for your child to continue wearing dental retainers.

If you believe it is time for your child to receive an orthodontic evaluation, please contact Lockett Orthodontics today. A healthy mouth includes properly aligned teeth and a healthy bite pattern. Our Colorado Springs, Colorado orthodontic office is here to help!

Posted on Feb 25, 2019

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