The Best Age to Get Braces
When is it a good time to get braces? Braces treatment can correct such concerns as an underbite, overbite, crooked teeth and overcrowded teeth. These dental imperfections can grow worse over time and braces can improve facial appearance and self-esteem. Braces are often an ideal solution to correct your smile, but the best age to get braces depends on the individual.
When to See the Orthodontist
The best age to first see the orthodontist is between the ages of 7-9 years. This can identify any developing growth issues relating to a child's teeth, bite or jaws. The Profile Orthodontics "Grow with Us" program monitors these issues while each child grows. Simple issues can be identified and easily rectified which means orthodontic treatment can then be commenced at the correct time for the child's development.
Phase I Treatment
Before a child's permanent teeth have come through and while they are still growing, an Orthodontist can intercept developing issues that might worsen with age. This takes maximum advantage of growth for optimal results. It can improve the relationship of the upper and lower jaws, allowing more normal future growth and development. Referred to as Phase I, this treatment may use dental hardware such as removable or fixed plates depending on the child’s needs.
Not every child will need Phase I treatment.
Phase II Treatment
Phase II is when the orthodontist decides it is the best time to commence full braces. To achieve optimal results, phase II is generally started during the teenage years. This is when there is the most growth to work with. Braces can be used at nearly any age but the treatment may be more invasive the older it is commenced.
The Right Age Is Different for Everyone.
There are many benefits of orthodontic treatment, and it's important to start treatment at the right time. If you have concerns, speak with your dentist and orthodontist to determine when braces may be right for you or your child. Contact Profile Orthodontics to make an appointment today.