Are you noticing any issues with your child’s teeth? It’s not uncommon for children to need braces to correct overcrowding, spacing, and misaligned bites. As a parent, however, it can be hard to determine at which age your kids should get a braces consultation. If you’re concerned for your child’s oral health, keep reading to understand what a braces consultation is and entails, the age your child should receive this consultation, and more.
What Is a Braces Consultation? What Does It Entail?
A braces consultation is an appointment made with an orthodontist, so they can assess the condition of the patient’s teeth to create a treatment plan. This consultation does not include any treatment—it is solely to get to know the patient and the issues they’re facing with their teeth. After the orthodontist makes the initial exam, the patient will likely receive their first braces treatment two to three weeks afterward.
What Age Should Kids Receive a Consultation?
According to the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO), the age when your kids should receive a braces consultation is whenever you notice the first orthodontic problem, such as crooked teeth, or at the age of seven. If you notice an issue with your child’s teeth before they turn seven, do not wait for them to reach this age, it’s always best to take them in, so you can address the issue as quickly as possible. Seven is the perfect age for these consultations because children will have a combination of baby and adult teeth—which gives the orthodontist plenty of information to determine if your child will develop a complication with their jaw or teeth later on in life.
Please note, however, you can make an appointment for a braces consultation no matter what age you or your children are. It’s never too late to straighten that smile!
Will My Child Need Braces Until Their Adult Teeth Come In?
Many parents might think their child must wear braces until all adult teeth erupt. This is not necessarily the case. Everyone experiences different concerns and issues with their teeth; some might only need straighter teeth, while the next patient needs to realign their bite. Your child might complete their braces treatment before all adult teeth are in. Still, the orthodontist will continue monitoring the situation until all your kid’s baby teeth are gone to ensure the treatment and corrections are stable and working.
Is your child showing signs that they need braces? Call Cal Dental Group to schedule a consultation with one of our orthodontists in downtown Los Angeles. Remember, this is only an appointment to see if your child could benefit from a braces treatment. Experience the friendly environment at our clinic and give your child the smile they deserve!