If there’s one “Category” of question our dentists in Garden Grove get asked about a lot – it has to come down to braces. This is understandable, of course, because not only are braces a large source of question for the patients getting them (what will I look like? will people notice? what color will they be? will it hurt?). They also pose a number of questions for the person paying for them – especially when the braces are for your kids.
Along these lines, one of the most common questions we receive about braces has to be “What is the best age to get braces?” and as usual – the answer will vary from patient to patient.
Think about it this way. When a newborn speaks a little early or walks ahead of the pack – it might seem notable, but there’s a great chance that that child isn’t any smarter or more capable than the baby who’s still crawling. The simple fact is that every body is different, and so is every mouth.
When it comes to early preventative care in adolescent mouths – kids are generally evaluated for braces between the ages of 7 and 9. But that doesn’t mean that kids will be getting braces that early, it just means your family dentist wants to start keeping on eye on “how things are looking” around these pivotal ages to obtain a better gauge on what treatment might look like if it’s truly necessary.
This is because most baby teeth will have come out by the time a child is 7, and a family dentist can get good idea as to how things will look in the coming years.
“Are there any situations where a child would get braces early?”
A child under the age of 9 might get early braces if they’re having any sort of speech or diet problems because of the way their teeth are aligned. They might also be a good candidate for early braces if they have a crossbite, excessive crowding, or protruding teeth. By catching and correcting these symptoms early on – it can drastically reduce the chance that the problems become worse when permanent teeth arrive. Which leads us to an even more important point.
DO NOT Think Permanent Teeth Will “Replace” The Problems of “Baby” Teeth
If your child is experiencing alignment issues with their baby teeth, they will experience problems with their permanent teeth as well.
Primetime for Braces
“Primetime” for treating adolescents with braces is typically between the ages of 10 and 14. By this point, all baby teeth have fallen out and the adolescent jaw is sufficiently strong and sturdy enough to handle orthodontic treatment.
By waiting until kids are a little older for braces, it also ensures they’re mature enough to understand how important their teeth are and how critical it is that they take the extra time necessary to take care of their teeth and their braces.
Have questions about braces near Garden Grove? Our experienced family dentists have the answers. Contact us today to learn more about our dental team, or to inquire about new patient specials.