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What Is the Best Age for a Child to Get Braces?

February 3, 2020
Posted By: Palos Pediatric Dentistry
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As your child loses their baby teeth and more of their permanent teeth start to come in, you’ll likely get a feel for whether or not your child will need braces down the road. 

Many children start to show signs of needing orthodontic work when they are still quite young, and it’s often advantageous for them to begin treatment as soon as possible. 

If your child needs orthodontic treatment, you might be wondering what the right age is for starting their treatment. Usually, the best time for your child to get braces is after they lose most or all of their baby teeth and receive most or all of their new permanent teeth. This tooth development usually happens sometime between the ages of eight and fourteen. 

Braces for Children in Palos Heights 

At Palos Pediatric Dentistry, we work exclusively with children. Choosing to focus only on pediatric smiles means that our Palos Heights kids dentist and all of our caring staff have many years of experience helping children get ready for their braces. 

When your child is young, their mouth and skull are still developing. If your child needs braces, it’s usually best to start their treatment before this development is over because their mouth is “softer” and, therefore, more receptive to alignment. Girls tend to develop slightly faster than boys, but most jaws will stop growing by the mid-teen years. 

Meet with Our Palos Heights Pediatric Dentist

If you suspect your child will need braces, our children’s dentist can usually meet with them and examine their teeth around the age of seven or eight to get a better idea of how extensive their treatment plan should be. The earlier you start planning for your child’s orthodontic treatment, the better!

When you and your child feel ready to meet with our pediatric dentist to learn more about braces in Palos Heights, please call us at (708) 263-6708.

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