When is the Right Age for Braces?

A healthy smile isn’t just about brushing and flossing to prevent cavities and tartar build-up. It’s also a huge part of your self-esteem and confidence. Crooked teeth are more at risk for plaque build-up and cavities, but the condition can also make it hard to be proud of your pearly whites.

At Livonia Family Smiles, our mission is to get you the beautiful, straight smile that you’ve been dreaming of. Our excellent team of providers is committed to giving you treatment options that fit your lifestyle to give you the confidence in your appearance.

When should your child see a dentist?

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, children should see an orthodontist around the age of seven or when problems arise. Problems that may arise causing your child to see our staff at Livonia Family Smiles include:

By the age of three, most children have all of their baby teeth. Around the age of 6, they begin to lose their baby teeth to make room for their permanent teeth. This is the perfect time for an orthodontic evaluation so our providers can determine if treatment is needed to prevent future dental problems.  We can also determine when to start orthodontic treatment for optimal results. 

Orthodontic treatment early in your child’s life doesn’t necessarily mean they will end up with braces. At Livonia Family Smiles, we specialize in many different forms of children’s orthodontic appliances that may benefit your child’s smile. For example, we may remove a baby tooth that’s blocking a permanent tooth or use an expander to gently widen the roof of their mouth, giving the teeth ample room to grow.

Getting braces: What is the right age?

Braces are traditionally placed anywhere between the ages of 8 and 14 years old. This is because, at this age, most of the permanent teeth have emerged. However, mouths of those in this age group are still growing, allowing our team to straighten teeth as their mouth expands. We can guide the crooked teeth, ensuring that they’re straight once the braces come off.

Your child also needs to be prepared to take care of the braces and follow certain guidelines to ensure the braces stay in place and work efficiently. Every child is different and grows at a different rate, so discussing when the best time for your child to get braces with our staff is imperative for successful treatment. 

When should adults get braces?

As an adult, you can start orthodontic treatment at any time, as long as your teeth and mouth are healthy. Orthodontics may be necessary when you're older because teeth can shift at any age. While you may have had perfectly straight teeth as a child, you could now be facing an overcrowded or crooked smile. 

Even if you don't mind your smile, misalignment can have serious consequences on your oral health. A cross-bite or misaligned teeth are the perfect breeding ground for plaque and can create food buildup in between your teeth. It can also make it more difficult for you to chew food properly, leading to possible gastrointestinal problems.

Before starting treatment, one of our providers will do a thorough exam because dental issues such as tooth decay and gum disease have to be treated before we can put braces on. 

Once you’re ready to start orthodontic treatment, there are several options to help you get a straighter smile. Many adults choose to go with a clear aligner system because they straighten your teeth while remaining almost completely invisible. However, not everyone is a good candidate for this treatment.

As an adult, it may take longer for your teeth to move compared to a child with braces. If you’re looking to get quick results, Fastbraces® may be just the option for you. This form of orthodontic treatment moves your teeth and roots at an accelerated pace, sometimes in as little as two to five months. Our team can help you decide if you’re a good candidate for this system.

If you or your child need orthodontic treatment, our providers at Livonia Family Smiles are here to help you finally realize the advantages to straight teeth. To book an appointment, call our office today at 734-203-0335, or schedule a consultation with us online.

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