When Should My Child Get Braces

When Should My Child Get Braces?
Posted on 06/15/2018
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Timing Your Child’s Orthodontic Treatment

While braces and the other forms of orthodontic treatment are available to patients of all ages, the best time to start treatment depends on the problem and the patient's growth and development. A patient's development can vary widely among children the same age. It's also worth noting that getting braces on requires multiple appointments, we suggest summer-time the best time to get started. This way they won't be missing school and they can get used to their new appliances before school starts! If extractions are needed it's easier on the patients when they don't have to rush back to school and have time to heal. 

At the office of Dr. Roy Gonzalez, we tailor our treatment to each child. We do not take a “cookie cutter” approach. The treatment your child receives is based on very unique circumstances. These circumstances include the orthodontic problem, the ability of the child to cooperate, growth and development, and even oral hygiene. Where many parents get lost in the process is figuring out what age to take their kids to the orthodontist. To eliminate this problem, Dr. Roy Gonzalez has put together this helpful guide on when your kids should get an evaluation.

Your First Checkup, Age 7

According to the American Association of Orthodontics, it is recommended that children see an orthodontist by the age of seven. Note that this first appointment is not so they can get braces, but simply so the orthodontist can perform an initial examination and identify any potential orthodontic problems and outline a plan for future treatment. The reason age 7 is so important for kids to start their orthodontic care is because most orthodontic problems become visible at that point in time, whether it’s a misaligned jaw or signs of tooth crowding.

Early orthodontic treatment varies depending on the type of issues that the orthodontist identifies during the initial examination. Some early treatment options include palatal expanders, which are used to adjust the alignment of the upper jaw to create enough space for adult teeth to erupt, or habit appliances, which are used to break harmful oral health habits such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting. Once early orthodontic treatment is complete and the most prevalent issues have been corrected or prevented, braces or Invisalign will typically be the next step in the treatment process.

Why Age 10 to 14 Is The Best Time For Braces

By the time that your kids reach the age range of 10 to 14 years, their adult teeth should be finished erupting, leaving them with the smile that they will have for the rest of their lives. However, even though the permanent teeth have fully developed, the rest of the mouth is still in a state of growth. This makes the teeth easier to move into their ideal positioning to form a perfect, healthy smile with the help of orthodontic treatment such as braces or Invisalign. In addition to being at a critical point in the child’s development, this age range provides enough time for the kids to finish up with any early orthodontic treatment that they need. This will also make their experience in braces more efficient and comfortable. The final benefit to getting braces at this age is the fact that most kids will also be getting braces at the same time. This means that your child will fit right in with their friends at school.

Contact Dr. Gonzalez, Your Children’s Orthodontist in San Antonio Today!

If you have any questions about how you can get your kids started with braces, or if you’re looking to set up your child’s first appointment with an orthodontist, contact us at the office of Dr. Roy Gonzalez.  A member of our staff will be able to answer all of your questions, providing you with the information that you need to make sure your child gets a healthy, perfect smile. To make an appointment with us at our San Antonio office, just reach out to us by phone at (210) 344-9295 or fill out our online appointment request form, and a member of our team will work with you to find the best available time that works with your schedule. We look forward to seeing you in our office soon to provide you with the quality orthodontic care that our practice is known for.