Some orthodontic issues are easier to correct early on. If you think your child will need braces or the help of orthodontia, it is best to consult your dentist and orthodontist right away. You could possibly prevent needing major dental procedures later on in life by giving your child braces. So, how old should your child be to get braces? How early is too early to start talking to your doctor about treatment plans? How do baby teeth effect braces?
We are looking at orthodontia and young patients to answer your most asked questions about child braces.
Every patient is different when it comes to their teeth. Young patients may have faster tooth development than others, so putting an age limit on their child braces isn’t something we recommend. A good sign that a young patient’s teeth are ready for braces is if they have lost all of their baby teeth and their 12-year molars are all partially erupted. 12-year old molars don’t always develop by age 12, and that is ok, some patients develop slower.
The benefit of early braces intervention are ample. Doctors can correct issues of the mouth early on, causing less pain for your child in adulthood. Correcting bite problems like a cross-bite will lead to healthier mouth development. Also, aesthetically, improving the overall smile of your child which can lead to better self confidence.
For young patients, these are typically the reasons that they require braces:
Regular dental visits can help you determine if your child needs braces and your orthodontist can help you come up with the right treatment plan. Most treatments can be completed in 12 months, but based on your child’s dental development, it can easily last up to 24 or even more.
If you think your child will need braces, please don’t hesitate to contact our orthodontics practice at 480.899.5555 or request an appointment at your earliest convenience. We will be more than happy to speak with you!