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What Is the Right Time to Get Braces?

Posted on 6/20/2022 by OM
What Is the Right Time to Get Braces?When it comes to orthodontic treatment, timing is everything. For children, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that they have an orthodontic evaluation by age seven. This early evaluation allows dentists to intercept problems and provide early treatment if necessary. For teens and adults, the decision to get braces is more complex. This blog will explore the different factors that come into play when deciding if it is the right time to get braces.


The most common age range for patients to get braces is between 10-and 14 years old. This age range is ideal because the bones are still growing, and the teeth are easier to move. However, this does not mean that the treatment cannot be successful for patients outside of this age range. More and more adults are choosing to get braces later in life.

The Health of Teeth and Gums

It is important to have healthy teeth and gums before starting orthodontic treatment. This is because braces put extra stress on the teeth and gums, leading to problems if they are not healthy. If you have any concerns about the health of your teeth and gums, be sure to discuss them with your dentist before starting treatment. The severity of your orthodontic problem will also affect when you start treatment. For example, if you have a very severe problem, it may be best to start treatment sooner than later.

Type of Orthodontic Treatment

The type of braces you choose will also play a role in when to start treatment. For example, metal braces are typically recommended for patients over age 12 because they are more durable and can withstand the wear and tear that comes with treatment. Invisalign is a popular alternative for patients of all ages because it is virtually invisible and can be removed for eating and cleaning.

When looking for any dental treatment, contact our office to schedule a consultation. Our experienced team will be happy to answer any questions you may have and help you decide if now is the right time to get braces.
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