How Young Is Too Young for Braces?

How Young Is Too Young for Braces?
Posted on 04/17/2018

girl with braces dancingAt Pedodontics, P.C., we've helped patients of all ages throughout the greater Omaha, NE area achieve healthy, beautiful smiles through orthodontic treatment. Sometimes, the best way to create a great smile is to start the process early – but if you're like most parents, you're not sure just how early that should be. If you've been wondering if your child is too young for braces and when you should bring them to the orthodontist, we can help.

When to Take Your Child to the Orthodontist

Thankfully, this question is easy to answer. In keeping with the American Association of Orthodontists, we ask all parents to bring their children in for an initial appointment at age 7. This doesn't mean we'll start treatment at age 7, but this is the ideal age for the initial evaluation.

By age 7, your child's back bite will have grown in completely. This allows your Omaha orthodontist to observe and evaluate the front-to-back and side-to-side relationships of your child's teeth. With this evaluation, we can spot both current orthodontic problems and any problems that are likely to develop – allowing us to choose to either start treatment right away or to wait and monitor your child's development until the ideal time.

Not every child needs early orthodontic treatment, but so long as your child is age 6 or 7, they're not too young for braces. In fact, bringing them in for an evaluation is the best way to guarantee them a great smile for a lifetime.

Schedule an Evaluation with Your Omaha Orthodontist

Evaluation at age 7 is the only way to give your child the best chance at an ideal smile, and if your child is ready for their first appointment, we would love to hear from you. Contact us today to learn more about orthodontic treatment and schedule your consultation. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping your child achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.