What is a good age to get braces?

If you are considering braces for yourself or your child, you may already recognize the importance of timing in orthodontic intervention. One of the most common questions we get is: What is a good age to get braces? It’s a great question but a difficult one to answer because each patient comes to us with a highly individual situation. Let’s discuss the factors that help decide when you should get braces.

General Rules of Thumb

Age is not necessarily everything when it comes to braces. Usually, orthodontists wait until all of a child’s permanent teeth have come in to begin treatment. However, there are some circumstances that might dictate otherwise, such as in the case of severe bite issues. In general, there are some common guidelines that most dentists and orthodontists follow at each age stage.

Around 7 Years Old

For example, around the age of 7, it’s a good idea to take your child to an orthodontic evaluation. Because timing is crucial, planning can be everything. Your dentist can help determine when it may be a good time for this evaluation. They can also provide you with referrals to trusted local orthodontic providers.

By visiting an orthodontist at this age, you will gain a better understanding of whether or not braces are necessary. You will also learn what issues you’re trying to correct and how the treatment will address those issues to improve your child’s smile. It’s important to be flexible, and when you bring your child to the orthodontist early on, you give them the best shot at a smooth and efficient course of treatment.

Around 10-14 Years Old

The ages of 10-14 are often considered prime times to intervene. At this time, most children have their permanent teeth. Their jawbones will not yet be fully developed, though, meaning teeth may shift more easily and bite issues can be fixed faster.

Braces for Adults

Children aren’t the only one who need braces. Many adults opt for the treatment to reduce bite and TMJ issues, straighten crooked teeth, and improve the overall appearance of their smiles. A skilled orthodontist can help you decide on a treatment option that works for you.

Additional Considerations

If a case is particularly complex, an orthodontist may recommend a two-phase approach to treatment. There are also different styles and kinds of treatment options, such as traditional metal braces and Invisalign. Your orthodontist can help you weigh the pros and cons of each options to make the best decision for you or your child.

Start on Your Journey to a Better Smile Today

If you’re considering treatment for your child, your dentist can help you decide when to schedule an orthodontic evaluation. Early intervention is key with children, but the truth is there is no perfect time to get braces. It’s never too late to invest in your dream smile!

At Gruelle Dempsey Orthodontics, we are proud providers of braces and Invisalign. We have been practicing since 1977, spreading our passion for individualized orthodontics to the local community. If you’re ready to start on your journey to a better smile, contact us today!