Content reviewed by Dr. Wint W. Tun, DDS, MS – Board-Certified Orthodontist
Most children do not need braces until they have lost all of their baby teeth, which usually happens around age 12 or 13. However, you may notice some of your child’s friends starting braces around age 7. Why? That is because some orthodontic problems are easier to correct if detected at an early age before jaw growth has slowed.
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that every child be seen for an orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7.
Prevents some orthodontic problems from becoming severe
Makes treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated
Corrects harmful oral habits such as thumb sucking
Creates enough room for all permanent teeth to come in
Eliminates childhood bullying related to appearance