When Should I Think About Braces for my Child?
- When should my child visit the orthodontist? This answer varies; some believe that the earlier the better, others, that there is no point until the baby teeth have fallen out. According to the Orthodontic Society of Ireland, your child should be assessed no later than age 7 or 8.
- How do I know if my child needs to see an orthodontist? Your dentist will make sure to tell you when orthodontic intervention is needed.
- Braces at what age? This will come down to the individual patient and the severity of their case. Generally though, treatment commences during the years between 8 and 14.
- Do the adult teeth all need to be down to begin fitting for braces? No, not necessarily and actually in some cases having some baby teeth remaining can help the orthodontist with his work.
- What’s the average length for treatment? Again, this is largely dependent on the individual, but generally speaking treatment lasts between 12-24 months, following this your child will be asked to wear a retainer in order to keep teeth in their new positions.
- What about alignment with smaller children? There are cases where this happens, however your dentist will advise before any action is taken.
- If my child gets braces early, will he/she need them later? Unfortunately, having braces early in life does not preclude you from having them later in life too.