Parental FAQs About Braces

By December 21, 2016 Blog

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Parents often have questions regarding their children’s orthodontic health—including questions about if and when they need braces, how to care for braces, and other orthodontic issues. We’ve covered many parental FAQs about braces on our blog over the past year or so. With 2016 coming to a close, we’ve consolidated these into one convenient post. Keep reading for answers to some of the most common questions about braces and other issues related to orthodontic treatment.

Answers to FAQs About Braces

Here are brief answers to five of the most frequently asked questions that parents have about braces. For more detailed info on each topic, click on the links provided.

Q: What’s the best age for braces?

A: Generally, the best age for braces is between 9 and 14. However, some kids may benefit from treatment at an earlier age. It’s important to schedule your child’s first visit to the orthodontist by age 7. Learn more.

Q: How much do braces cost?

A: The cost of orthodontic treatment will vary depending on the severity of your child’s problem. Total treatment costs will include the price of regular office visits, braces, retainers, and any other necessary appliances. Learn more.

Q: Can I prevent my child from needing braces?

A: Some causes for needing braces are simply unavoidable. However, there are a few things you can do to reduce your child’s orthodontic health risks and potentially help prevent him or her from needing braces. For example, avoid thumbsucking and pacifiers. Learn more.

Q: How can I ease my child’s discomfort after orthodontic adjustments?

A: Discomfort from braces is totally normal, especially during the adjustment period after they are first placed. After subsequent orthodontic adjustments, the discomfort your child will feel is very minimal. By no means does your child have to live in agony. There are several things you can do at home to help keep his or her soreness to a minimum. Learn more.

Q: What if my child has a loose bracket or other orthodontic emergency?

A: If your child has a loose bracket, call us the next business day to determine whether or not he or she needs to be seen before the next scheduled appointment. If the bracket is still attached to the wire, leave it in place and put wax on it. Instructions for dealing with other orthodontic emergencies will vary depending on the situation. Learn more.

More FAQs About Braces and Orthodontic Treatment

Want answers to even more FAQs about orthodontic treatment? Browse our blog for helpful info addressing various orthodontic questions, including:

Did this list of braces FAQs cover all of your questions? If you have more FAQs about braces and orthodontic treatment, contact us. Call St. Louis orthodontist, Dr. Dougherty, at 636.825.1000 or email