When it comes to the condition of your child’s teeth, the earlier you begin oral care treatments the better. While it’s often best to begin taking your children to see their dentist once their first teeth begin arriving, it can be a bit trickier to determine when they should begin seeing an orthodontist.

To determine the best age for braces, there are a few things to consider.

The Growth of Teeth

Oftentimes, it’s easier to adjust a child’s teeth when they are young and the teeth are growing in. However, braces are not simply for straightening teeth — they make a big difference in your child’s bite as well. As your child grows and more adult teeth come in, pay attention to how their chompers come in. If you notice an overbite or underbite developing, you may want to see an orthodontist sooner.

Side Effects of Misalignment

Misaligned teeth do more than simply appear crooked. They can cause:

  • Speech Impediments: Misalignment prevents the tongue from being properly placed to say certain consonants.

  • Poor Oral Hygiene: It is more difficult to brush misaligned teeth, so remaining bacteria can allow for decay.

  • Pain or Wear: If teeth are protruding in improper directions, they can run against gums or other teeth causing wear and pain.

When Should My Child Get Braces?

Most commonly, it’s best for a child to receive braces between the ages of 11 and 14 when their smile is still forming. However, it’s important to remember that orthodontic treatments can be helpful at any age — child, teen, or adult.

When you’re ready to make a difference in the functionality and appearance of your smile, the team speaks Orthodontics is here for you. Contact us today for more information or to schedule a future appointment.