Apr 23, 2013

What is the Best Age to Wear Braces?

According to the American Association of orthodontists as well as several international orthodontic authorities it is very important for children to get an orthodontic screening by age 7. By seeing a patient and watching them as they grow and develop dentists are able to intervene at the right time in order to correct bite problems that at a later age may not require an orthodontic treatment but plain surgery.

Most kids though will not need to use braces at age 7, the advice most dentists will give the parents is to wait and see how the oral structure of their children is developing in order to apply the best orthodontic treatment if necessary. Parents who have their children regularly checked up by an orthodontist will be able to plan ahead for future treatments if they are indeed needed.

Whether children should have orthodontic procedures perform at an early age is somewhat controversial because it just structure in teeth are developing. However, most dentists will agree that checking a seven year old teeth, bite and jaw structure will help catch problems before they get worse.

Some dentists may agree with the fact that dealing with a teenager between the ages of 14 to 18 may not be as easy as filling with a child between the ages of 10 and 13 because they're tooth structure has already developed and unfortunately the dentist wasn't around to track the progress and growth of the first and second set of permanent molars which can affect the position or arrangement of the rest of the teeth.

According to these statements the best age to get the most out of an orthodontic treatment such as wearing braces can be achieved between the age of nine and 13. Those who didn't have proper orthodontic treatment during those years can still be treated in order to correct malocclusion and even adults can get orthodontic treatment by taking advantage from invisible braces which are not as obvious as the traditional metal braces and can be removed while the person is eating or brushing his or her teeth.


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