When Should Your Child Get Braces?

When Should Your Child Get Braces?
Posted on 03/15/2021

It can be confusing to imagine when your child needs braces, or should begin orthodontic treatment. At a young age, their teeth are changing dramatically. They are losing baby teeth, and the adult teeth that they will have for life are coming in. It might seem like your child's teeth are changing too fast to need treatment, but our expert staff at Dr. Ross Taddeo Orthodontics in Orlando FL, knows how much young patients can benefit from what we call "early interceptive treatment," and when it should start. Here are our tips for getting your child the best treatment at the right time.


First Orthodontic Appointment at Age 7

Your child's first dental visit should happen in their first year of life, but you should take them to the orthodontist for the first time at age seven. This is around the time when the first handful of adult teeth come in, and their growth pattern is being established. That means that this is the ideal time for an orthodontist to assess whether or not your child should have expanders, braces, or any other interceptive measures taken that will help the teeth come in properly. While many children do not need treatment at this age, it is the best time to identify the patients who do, and to make sure the problem is addressed before all the adult teeth come in.


The Best Window for Treatment Between Ages 7 and 15

Once your child has been assessed by an orthodontist no later than age 7, you and the doctor will know the best way to proceed so that treatment is as effective and brief as it can be. Expect your child's orthodontic treatment to be a multi stage process, depending on the severity of the orthodontic abnormalities, that lasts into adolescents, teaches lifelong good dental habits, and ensures a beautiful and healthy smile that will last a lifetime. Beginning assessment and treatment at the recommended age, spares your child from needing more invasive procedures later in life.


Make an Appointment Today

If your child is around seven years of age, it is time for you to book that first appointment and kickstart their orthodontic journey. Our team at Dr. Ross Taddeo Orthodontics offers comprehensive dental care to patients of all ages in Orlando FL, and we can't wait to meet you. Book your appointment or visit us today.


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