For some, the question may not be whether braces are needed, but how soon you should get them. If you’re a parent, this may be a question that you often ask yourself. If you or your spouse has had braces, your children may have to have them too. So, what is the best age for braces? While there isn’t one certain age that works best for braces, there is an age range for prime treatment.
Children can be evaluated for braces as early as 7 years old. At this point, your child is probably losing his or her baby teeth and an orthodontist can get an idea of the alignment of their permanent teeth. Of course, this doesn’t mean that your child will get braces immediately. The dentist may decide that your child needs partial teeth aligners so that they won’t have trouble eating or speaking. Whatever straightening method is chosen, you (the parent) will have to help your child maintain the braces.
Ages 10-14 is considered the prime age range for treatment. Most children who get braces start in this age range. At this point, your child has all of their permanent teeth. Unlike younger kids, children in this age range can take on more responsibility and assume care of the their braces.
Although this isn’t considered the “prime time” to get braces, you’re never too old to get them. Anyone at any age can benefit from braces. The only struggles that you may have will probably be centered around your routine and appearance. As an adult or young adult, you may already have a schedule established and you’ll need to modify it to accommodate taking care of your teeth. You may also struggle with your appearance, as braces do change the way you smile and the way you look.
(Not sure braces are for you? Try one of the alternatives instead.)
Jackson Center for Smiles
We enjoy helping people love their smiles at any age, and our goal is always to give you a smile you can wear confidently. If you’d like more information about braces or any of our other options, contact us today.