How Old Do You Have To Be To Get Braces On?

When it comes to getting braces, orthodontists often get asked how old one has to be or when it is a good time to get them. Well, anyone can benefit from braces at nearly any time in their life, as long as their body is healthy enough to respond to the treatment.

More often than not, it is better to start earlier during childhood. This timing is beneficial because the head and mouth are still in the growing phase, which makes the process successful.

So, At What Age Can One Get Braces?

While your best bet is to ask your pediatric dentist to screen your child’s teeth and then make the right call, The American Association of Orthodontists recommends age 7.

As soon as one hits 7 years, the orthodontist can extensively assess jaw development and emerging permanent teeth through X-rays. Early detection of issues, like abnormal eruptions that are invisible to the naked eye, can facilitate smoother treatment later.

There is no one-size-fits-all answer or perfect age to get braces, but braces are ideal if one is between 10 and 14 years old. Permanent teeth usually erupt by 12 years, and this is the prime time for braces. However, if the overall health is good, even adults can get braces.

Common Signs Indicating Your Child Needs Braces

More often than not, it is a common assumption that braces are mainly used as an aesthetic treatment to make sure that teeth look perfect. However, the reality is deeper than that. Other than unsightly teeth, they need braces to correct their bite, speech problems, and more.

Here are a few signs that your child may show indicating the need to get braces:

  • Losing baby teeth earlier or later than standard time.
  • Children show trouble while chewing or biting food.
  • Mouth breathing instead of using the nose.
  • Finger sucking
  • Poor oral habits/hygiene
  • Teeth crowding
  • Misplaced or blocked-out teeth
  • Jaws making a clicking sound
  • Difficulty in speaking
  • Cheek biting
  • Biting into the roof of the mouth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Bite issues or, more like, teeth fail to meet normally at the time of closing mouth.
  • Facial imbalance or asymmetry
  • Involuntary teeth grinding or clenching

Does It Hurt To Get Braces?

Since braces require wire placement on the teeth that exert pressure to change their directions, getting braces can lead to discomfort or minor pain. Generally, the process of attaching brackets and connecting wires is painless; however, some individuals experience issues due to the pressure. This discomfort can take many shapes and present itself as sore gums, scrapes or sores on the inside of the cheeks, cuts on the tongue and gums, etc.

The good news is that this initial discomfort phase usually subsides within a few days or may take a week. This much time is needed by the body to adjust to the presence of the braces. However, when it is time for regular tightening, some discomfort is a given. However, this discomfort is manageable with the help of over-the-counter pain relievers, cold liquids, and a soft foods diet.

Closing Note

In a nutshell, if your child is between the 10-14 year-old age bracket, they are in the clear to get braces. If you have more questions or queries, get in touch with Dr. Kirolls Ibrahim from Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry at Céline Dental for help. Dial (281) 262-2332 to schedule an appointment. Our team is just a call away to guide you through the recovery process so you can return to your normal life as quickly as possible.

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