What Is the Best Age to Visit the Orthodontist?

While it is virtually never too early or too late to have an orthodontic evaluation, it is typically recommended that children have their first orthodontic exam by the time they are six or seven years-old. Around this age, the first molars begin to show, which enables our experienced orthodontist, Kenneth Banasiak, DMD, to determine whether your child is currently showing signs of orthodontic problems, or if there is a significant potential for orthodontic problems to develop. Crooked teeth, crowded teeth, and a misaligned bite are often much easier to correct at early stages of development. If it looks like treatment may be necessary, our practice offers some of the most advanced forms of braces for kids, as well as other orthodontic options that may be better-suited to their needs.

There are various types of orthodontic treatments that may be recommended. Some of the most popular include:

Metal Braces: Metal braces are the most common and the most traditional orthodontic treatment our practice offers. Braces remain an effective and efficient method for treating poor dental or bite alignment, especially for kids. The treatment process involves metal brackets and bands placed on the teeth that gradually move them into an improved position over time.

Self-Ligating Braces: Unlike traditional braces, self-ligating braces switch things up by essentially adjusting themselves. This process avoids the need for rubber bands or the routine tightening of wires, resulting in less pressure placed on the teeth during treatment. With the self-ligating method, the wire attached to braces effectively treats only the targeted teeth and can slide freely on its own.

Invisalign® Teen: Invisalign® Teen is increasingly becoming the most sought-after treatment for adolescents as it is less noticeable and easier to manage than some of the alternatives. Invisalign® Teen uses a series of aligners (or “trays”) made of a clear, flexible plastic material. Wearing these aligners as instructed can effectively shift the teeth into proper alignment for many patients.

Each individual has varying levels of severity when it comes to orthodontic conditions, and the ideal treatment option will be recommended based on each patient’s unique needs. While the best age to take your children to the orthodontist is usually around six or seven, don’t forget that adults can also obtain their first orthodontic exam at virtually any age. It’s never too late to correct teeth or bite misalignment, and orthodontic treatment can help address what may have caused a lifetime of self-consciousness about smile aesthetics!

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