Early Braces: Does Your 7-Year-Old Need Braces?

By May 23, 2016 July 7th, 2017 Before Braces, Blog

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Generally, the best age for braces is between 9 and 14. But did you know that your child may benefit from braces as early as age 7? Some children are best treated with two-phase orthodontic treatment, starting with early braces and then moving on to a second phase of braces once all permanent teeth are present. That’s why the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) recommends taking your child for his or her first orthodontic check-up no later than age 7.

How Do You Know if Your Kid Needs Early Braces?

As parents, there are several problems you can look out for which may indicate that your child might benefit from early orthodontic treatment—such as crowding, protrusion, crossbite, and thumbsucking. However, the only way to know if your kid needs early braces is by taking them to see an orthodontist. An orthodontist can detect problems at an early age that you can’t. Only a trained orthodontist will be able to determine the best course of treatment and provide each individual patient with a healthy and beautiful smile.

Even if it turns out your child doesn’t need early braces, it’s still important to bring them in for their first orthodontic check-up by age 7. This will allow the orthodontist to catch any problems or abnormalities early on—when they’re easiest to treat and fix.

Click here for a helpful info sheet on problems to watch for in growing children, provided by the AAO.

Please note that if your son or daughter is older than 7, it’s not too late for a check-up! Call our office at 636.825.1000 or email info@doughertyorthodontics.com to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dougherty.

Is It Ever Too Late to Get Braces?

No. Although orthodontic problems are best treated during childhood, it’s never too late to get braces. Children and teenagers are not the only ones who can benefit from orthodontic treatment. Many adults are good candidates for braces as well. Orthodontic correction in adults can help improve periodontal problems, prevent bone loss around teeth, improve oral health and aesthetic appearance, and increase self-esteem. Check out our website for more info on hidden braces, or Incognito.

Have questions about early braces or two-phase orthodontic treatment? Wondering whether your kid needs braces? Check out our FAQs for new patients for more info. And contact us to schedule your child’s first orthodontic check-up.