Oh yes braces! That rite of passage for tweens and teenagers. Some kids can’t wait to get their braces on, as many of them see it as something cool and fashionable. There are others who dread braces, simply because they might be seen as nerdish and uncool.
So when is the best time for a child to get braces? I will answer that question below, giving you a quick run through as to the ideal age for these metal train tracks to go on the teeth.
Why do Kids Need to get Braces?
There are a ton of reasons why a child would need to get braces. They could be suffering from teeth that are crooked or overcrowded. There could be overlapping, an overbite or an underbite. Whatever problem there is with the teeth, braces should be able to fix it.
Kids who suck their tongue or thumb will cause the teeth to shift out of place and in cases like this, braces would be needed to correct the problem.
Once you child begins going to the dentist for their regular checkups, the dentist may notice problems with the teeth formations. They could then recommend that you see an orthodontist to determine if the child needs braces. From here they will determine what type of braces the child will need, as well the length of treatment that is needed to correct the problem.
So What is the Best Age for Braces?
Honestly, there is no specific age for children to get braces. You will find that most kids get it while they are teens, some will get it a bit earlier like 10-12 and others will get it when they are adults. The decision to get them really depends on how quickly you want to correct the problem.
You will find that most orthodontists recommend that kids come in and see them once the permanent teeth are set. It is here that you will be able to notice the problems and determine how the teeth need to be fixed and straightened.
According to Dr. Dean Brandon the best time to get braces really “depends on the discrepancy or problem you are trying to correct. If a child has a crossbite, I tend to want to correct it as soon as I see it. I have even corrected a posterior crossbite in a 3 year old! Most of the time braces are not indicated until the patient is between 9.5 and 12 years of age. That’s when a lot of growth takes place. Some children are really ahead of the game in terms of growth. They will get braces sooner. Some patients without severe discrepancies can wait till all their baby teeth fall out around age 12 or so. Different Orthodontists and Pediatric Dentists have different philosophies regarding when to start a particular case. Don’t be surprised if you get a second opinion with a slightly different answer.” ((Dr. Dean Brandon “When is the Best Time to Start Braces?”. Cyberdentist.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2013-08-22))
So as you can see, the age that a child gets braces will depend on the orthodontist or the problem that needs to be corrected. If you have any concerns or questions, it is best to schedule an appointment with the orthodontist and get an idea as to the course of action that should be taken with your child.
Take a look at this video showing teens who are getting braces as a fashion statement.