How Young is Too Young For Braces?

blond haired boy grimaces showing braces close up Most people work diligently to preserve their children’s smiles. Children’s smiles undergo many changes as they grow, and their teeth sometimes develop in unusual ways. Sometimes, unexpected or unusual tooth development works out as children grow, but professional intervention may be necessary for other instances. Many signs can indicate that your child may need braces to help correct issues, including difficulty biting, teeth grinding, and late baby tooth loss. It can be easy to wonder when is the best time for your child to get braces, but our office can help lessen the confusion.

Here are a few things to consider if you’re wondering if it’s too early for your child to get braces and how we can help.

Early Intervention Is Best

Some parents may feel hesitant about giving their children braces. However, many experts advise parents that early intervention is crucial in correcting dental issues before they worsen. Many dental problems like crowding or misaligned teeth can get worse without intervention, and the longer you wait, the potential for further damage grows. Some experts believe the ideal age to begin braces is between 9 and 14 years old. However, this can vary based on several factors, and each situation presents a unique set of circumstances.

How Young Is too Young For Braces

Again each situation comes with its own circumstances, and age may not always be the best indicator of if a child should or shouldn’t get braces. For instance, some nine-year-olds already have many adult teeth, whereas some teenagers can still have baby teeth. 

If your child is younger than eight years old and an orthodontist recommends braces, it’s essential for you to get a second opinion to avoid the potential of doing long-term damage to your child’s teeth. 

Here at Brian Johnson Orthodontics, we are committed to the highest forms of orthodontic care, including giving sound counsel on whether your child needs braces. You can feel confident in the care you receive, and rest assured that our top priority is providing your child with a smile they can feel confident about. The first step in finding the best treatment for your child’s needs is to schedule a consultation with us. Please call us today at 503-362-9548 to schedule an appointment at any of our four locations.

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