What is the best age for your child’s braces?
A child’s best age for braces depends on how fast their mouth has developed. When children lose their baby teeth rapidly, they may need to schedule an appointment with Burlingame Smile Studio around age 6. If the baby teeth are lost later, then a visit closer to 10 years old or even in the teens may be more desirable.
It’s always a good idea to visit an orthodontist after all your child’s adult teeth have come in. This is because the jaw is mostly matured, making it easier to complete orthodontic activities.
Ask your dentist to give you a recommendation on when your child should see an orthodontist for the first time. This will help tell when your child may or may not need braces.
Indicators your child may need braces
Signs that your child may require braces may include:
- Protruding teeth
- Jaw issues
- Mouth pain
- Problems with chewing
There are many indicators that your child may need braces. Consult with your dentist or orthodontist to make a final determination.
Types of children’s braces
Children’s braces come in many types, but the most common type is the brackets with wire and sometimes rubber bands. This is the classic style of braces that most people are familiar with.
Some children may be able to benefit from using Invisalign instead of braces. This is a great alternative for kids who prefer less visible braces. Although not every child’s situation will be adaptable to Invisalign, it is a great idea to ask your orthodontist if your child qualifies.
Another type is braces with headgear, and the need will likely depend on their situation, age, and diagnosis.
The different types of braces may also vary in pricing. Consult with your orthodontist to go over all the types of orthodontic treatment options that are available to you and your child. Also, ask your child what type of braces they would prefer.