Getting braces at a younger age has proved most effective in preventing dental problems in the future. Permanent teeth start to typically come in about the ages of six to eight, and because the bones are still growing, it’s best to evaluate their tooth alignment at a young age to determine what orthodontic treatment is needed at the time or in the future if needed at all.
At our practice, we use self-litigated braces, such as Damon braces to align the teeth faster than traditional braces. They are also more comfortable for your child to wear. Using a unique slide mechanism – such as a movable door or a special clip – you won’t be wearing metal or elastic ties to keep the wire in place. This helps your child keep their braces cleaner as the elastic ties attract plaque buildup. Another benefit to Damon braces is that without the ties, the braces don’t need tightening which also cuts out the need for frequent visits to the office.
A recommended age to start looking at getting braces is about 7 years old, recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists. You may ask, “Don’t children still have their baby teeth at this age?” Yes, but this is to screen for any problems before braces and prepare for orthodontic issues. These can include underbites, overbites, lack of space, overcrowding, their bite and more. Early screening for these problems is more beneficial at a younger age as well due to the fact their bones are still growing.
By catching these problems early, we can work to align the jaw, create space for the permanent teeth, and/or align their teeth early. This first phase of orthodontic treatment is a jumpstart for helping your child have a straight and healthy smile. It usually only requires a dental appliance, especially if your child is too young for braces or they do not need full orthodontic treatment right away.
With the aging and advancement of braces, they have become more acceptable and comfortable. They still take a little time getting used to the feel and the adjustments over time, but the satisfaction of having an aligned smile that will give you the look you want and oral health you need will be worth it.
If you’re looking for orthodontic care, please give our office a call. We will be happy to schedule an appointment and work with you and your child to find the best solution for a straight smile no matter what the age!