When Is the Best Time for Kids To Get Braces?

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“Dr. Coleman – when is the best time for kids to get braces?”

Is this question one that you’ve ever wondered about? Orthodontic treatment timing can sometimes be confusing. There are so many people voicing opinions about why their child needs braces now and why others say they’ve been told to wait until their kids are older. Some are waiting for their dentist to tell them when it’s time to start looking into orthodontic treatment. These opinions are all well-meaning, but how do you know if they really pertain to your kids? I know you want the best for them but what is best?

I’ve recently written about the importance of kids having their first orthodontic exam around the age of 7 years old, whether their dentist refers them or not. This is a great starting point and is recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists too. Some kids do need early treatment during these younger years to intercept problems that could become more severe if not treated early. Sometimes this is referred to as “Phase I” treatment. But what about those kids who have their 7-year-old exam but don’t have any problems that require braces yet?

Yet another great question. At Coleman Orthodontics, we have a free, valuable and fun program called the “CSI Kid’s Club”. For these kids not yet ready for orthodontic treatment, this program enables us to keep a close eye on them with follow-up appointments every six months in the office to evaluate their growth and development, watch for unexpected problems that may arise, and decide the right time to start braces. It takes all the worries and concerns out of your hands. Who wouldn’t like to worry less about their kids’ health? Just be sure to keep those appointments and we’ll take care of the rest. And remember, these regular follow-ups are free of charge.

I’ll wrap this post up by answering the final question; “When is the best time for kids to get braces?” If your child had their first consultation around age 7, was not ready for treatment, and became a member of the Kid’s Club, you can expect that girls will be ready to start their braces on average between the ages of 11-13, and for boys, between the ages of 12-15. There are always exceptions to that estimate, but this is what we typically see.

Hopefully, that clears up any confusion you might have related to these questions. Keep in mind that you don’t need a referral from your dentist for you or your child to be seen in our office for a free consultation. Give us a call any time if you have questions – we’re always more than happy to help!

Keep Smiling,

Dr. Coleman