A common question for orthodontists is patients wondering when the best time is to get braces. Every patient is different, so there is no easy answer to this question.
An ideal time for placement of braces is between 10 and 14 years of age, while the head and mouth are still growing and teeth are more conducive to straightening. If a child has more serious issues with their teeth, patients could begin as young as 6. This would be if a child has an extreme under or overbite, the teeth protrude so far that they are in danger of being damaged, or there are problems preventing normal development. Many orthodontists say kids should see an orthodontist once their permanent teeth start coming in, around age 7. At this age, issues such as uneven bite and overcrowding will become apparent.
Adults can get braces at any time. While it is better to wear braces while your teeth are still moving, they are certainly effective in grown adults.
Most patients can count on wearing full braces between 18 and 30 months, followed by the wearing of a retainer for at least a few months to up to two years to set and align tissues surrounding straightened teeth.
If you believe its time for you or your child to get braces, please give our office a call1