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What Is the Best Age to Get Braces?

Posted in Braces

Getting braces is an investment of your personal time. You want to make sure that you or your child has them put on at just the right moment, for the most efficient process possible. Here are a few factors that will help you determine the best time to invest in orthodontic therapy:

Fast Results in Youth

Kids and teens have young, developing, healthy bone that heals quickly. This allows teeth to move rapidly into new positions. Adult’s usually are not as responsive.

Responsibility

Some orthodontic treatments depend a lot on home care and following instructions. If your child isn’t old enough to wear a retainer or alignment tray as directed, then he or she may need to try another method or wait a few years.

Get an Early Consultation

When it comes to kids, the sooner they have an orthodontic consultation, the better. An orthodontist can take a look at current tooth alignment and anticipate future problems. Experts agree that age 7 is the ideal time to determine what a child’s bite alignment needs are.

If braces are necessary, then putting them on at around ages 10-14 is ideal. In some rare cases, kids need an earlier phase of appliances to make treatment in the teen years a bit easier.

Age Isn’t Everything!

When it comes to getting braces, one thing is certain: it’s almost never too late! You can still straighten your teeth even if you’ve never had a chance before now. And clear aligners like Invisalign make having braces less noticeable. Though your teeth may not move as fast as those of a younger person, braces for adults can still get you the beautiful results you want.

Talk with a dentist or orthodontist near you to find out how braces can improve you and your family’s smiles.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

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