Is There an Ideal Age for Straightening Teeth?

Every parent wonders if their child will need braces, but not every parent knows when they should take their child to the orthodontist.

At Millennium Park Orthodontics, we understand your concerns, and we’re here to help. Keep reading for our advice on when you should consider braces for your child.

When should your child visit the orthodontist?

In general, earlier is better when it comes to evaluating your child’s teeth for braces. This means your child should still have some of their baby teeth. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that you take your child to visit the orthodontist by age 7. By then, their mouth will include a mixture of baby teeth and permanent teeth, and the orthodontist will be able to spot any problems in their early stages.

Your child will not be ready for braces at this point, but Howard Spector, DDS, at Millennium Park Orthodontics can discuss any behaviors your child has that may be contributing to alignment issues, such as sucking their thumb or drinking from a sippy cup too much. If these behaviors are caught early and changed, they may end the need for braces. 

When should your child get braces?

The best time for children to get braces is generally from ages 10-14, because their mouth and head are still growing and their teeth are more conducive to straightening. Teeth can often straighten out on their own before age 10, so if they’re still crooked at age 10, intervention is likely a good option. By age 10, children have lost most of their baby teeth, and a majority of their permanent teeth have grown in.

The exact time that will be best for your child to get braces will depend on the issues that need to be corrected. Common problems that could require braces or other corrective treatments include:

What are the options?

Braces

There are a number of types of braces, including traditional braces and clear braces. Braces use brackets and wires to slowly move teeth to the correct positions.

Invisalign

Invisalign® aligners are also a popular option. Invisalign aligners are clear, removeable, plastic trays. Your child is given a number of sets of aligners, and every week or two, your child replaces one set with a slightly adjusted set. By the time your child takes out their last set, they have a beautiful smile. 

If your child is approaching age 7 and has not yet been to the orthodontist, our expert team at Millennium Park Orthodontics will be happy to meet and evaluate them. To learn more, book an appointment over the phone with Millennium Park Orthodontics today.

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