If your orthodontist has decided your child needs dental braces, the next step is to determine the best time to begin treatment. His recommendation will be based on your child’s age, the type of treatment required, and other individual factors.
My Child Needs Braces—Now What?
A recommendation that your child needs dental braces is the beginning of a process that often takes several years. The first step of that process is deciding when your child’s treatment should begin.
There is no single, definite age that is optimal to start orthodontic treatment. Your child’s orthodontist will make a recommendation based on several factors including:
- The problems being treated
- How many permanent teeth have already appeared
- Whether any pre-treatment is necessary
In some cases, treatment begins earlier to make room for teeth that will otherwise be crowded. This could include widening the palate or removing teeth to make more room. Some orthodontists prefer to wait until all the permanent teeth have arrived, while others prefer to get treatment underway as soon as possible.
Working with Your Orthodontist
Before treatment begins, your child’s orthodontist will consult with you to describe the recommended treatment, how long it will take, exactly what type of treatment will be used, and what your child’s teeth will look like after treatment is completed. At this time, you will also discuss the factors involved in decided when dental braces should be placed and how long they’ll stay on before your child’s teeth are properly aligned.
If your orthodontist recommends pre-treatment such as palate widening, treatment could begin early, even before all the permanent teeth have arrived. If this is not necessary, however, there could be a waiting period between the consultation and the actual start of treatment.
To find out more about orthodontic treatment and how to determine the best time for braces to be placed, pleased contact our office at 972-548-8200 to schedule a consultation. We’ll help you make the best possible decision to ensure your child grows up with a healthy smile.