When Does my Child Need Braces?

Dental Braces for Children

Around 2 or 3 we can start to see “bad bites” starting to form in children. Taking early steps can help reduce the need for or length of time in orthodontic care in the future for your child.

Stage I Orthodontics
(Early Treatment)

This treatment can range from 2 to 6 years of age. There are several things we look for at this age including underdeveloped arches, losing baby teeth prematurely, and harmful habits such as finger/thumb sucking. When treatment can be used at this age it is often very successful.

Stage II Orthodontics
(Mixed Dentition)

Between the ages of 6-12 years old, we start to see the eruption of the permanent front teeth and the 6-year molars. In this state we are looking at the jaw malocclusion and dental alignment issues. This is typically a great age to start orthodontic treatment as indicated for your child. Treatment at this age is ideal due to the responsiveness from both the soft and hard tissue to the orthodontic movement.

Stage III Orthodontics
(Adolescent Dentition)

In the final stage we are dealing with your child’s permanent teeth and the final bite relationship. The length of time will range based on the needs of your individual child.

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