When should you enquire about braces? Can you be fitted for braces too early or too late? What age range is the ideal window of opportunity? We’ll evaluate the best age range for braces and why understanding the differences is important.
We don’t have a universal answer because various factors are at play. Here are our recommendations.
Our family dentists recommend evaluations for children starting between ages seven and nine. Will they apply braces at this age? Not necessarily, but an exam is important for determining whether your child will require them down the road.
Most if not all permanent teeth are present by this time, allowing dentists to look for misalignments. If necessary, dentists may prescribe braces or partial teeth aligners.
This is the age where most children receive braces. At this point, the baby teeth are completely gone, and the jaw is strong enough to support braces and other oral procedures. A dentist may also prescribe braces if a child of this age has an overbite or buck teeth.
At this age, children are also mature enough to manage the braces without parental supervision.
What about older teens and adults? You are never too old for braces. Teeth are like any other bone in the body. They stop growing as you reach adulthood. However, you can always correct them well into your grown-up years. Teeth are the same way.
Regardless of age, braces can correct teeth alignment, thus improving cosmetics and preventing serious oral diseases.
We realize that even adults may have uncertainties about braces. Mukilteo Dental Arts provides alternatives to the traditional metal wire braces. Schedule a visit at the beginning of the year for yourself or a child. Ultimately, a dentist will determine the best age range for braces on an individual basis.
General family dentistry for Mukilteo, Everett, Lynnwood, Edmonds & Mill Creek