When Is the Right Time to Get Braces for My Kids?

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Braces are a significant dental milestone for kids, and an important financial consideration for parents as well. When it comes to your child, you may be wondering how to know when they need braces, or if they even need them at all! Read on for signs to look out for that can tell you your child may be ready for braces.

When Kids Need Orthodontic Work

Misalignments and the exact tooth eruption timeline vary greatly between patients. Therefore, there is no set time when kids should get braces. While some children may need braces by the age of six or seven, some don’t need them until age of 12 or 13. On the other hand, some straighten their teeth as an adult and some never need any type of orthodontic work at all.

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, children should be seen by an orthodontist by the age of seven. Their dentist will be able to spot any early issues, such as problematic jaw growth or overcrowded baby teeth or crooked adult teeth that may signal the need for future work. This will also give the orthodontist the opportunity to take early steps to prevent or lessen the need for future adjustments.

Telltale Signs

Although you will ultimately rely on the expert opinion of a dental professional to tell you whether or not, and when, your kid will need braces, here are some signs that they should be headed to the orthodontist sometime soon:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Blocked teeth
  • Thumb-sucking over 4 years old
  • Misaligned bite
  • Irregular loss of baby teeth
  • Trouble eating, speaking, or sleeping

Set Up a Consultation!

Here at Riccobene Associates Family Dentistry, we offer traditional braces and keep the entire process straightforward and convenient for you and your family. If you’re thinking it might be time to start considering braces for you or your child, we’re here to help you every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. After examining your smile, we can let you know if it’s time to get the ball rolling on orthodontic work.

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