When Should Your Kid Get Braces?
The American Association of Orthodontists
recommends that kids see an orthodontic specialist, like Dr. Stan Cox
, at age seven
for an orthodontic evaluation. Around this age, most kids have lost the majority of their baby teeth and have started getting permanent teeth. This stage is the optimal time to examine oral development and see how adult teeth are coming in. In addition, the jaws are growing and developing. With x-rays and scans, we are able to check progress and see potential problems. This is the best time to catch severe cases that would benefit from two-phased treatment. Typically, starting early treatment will save money and orthodontic treatment time later on in the patient’s life because it could lessen or even eliminate the need for surgery or more complex procedures.