What’s the Best Age for Kids to Get Braces?
Life is full of age-related milestones for kids and teenagers, like officially becoming a teen at 13, or getting a driver’s license at 16. Getting braces does not fall under a definitive number in the same way, but statistically, most adolescents are ready for braces between the ages of 10 to 14 years old. Between these ages, children will generally have most, if not all of their permanent teeth, and their jawbones will still be developing. Jawbones in this state are ideal for braces because teeth will shift easier, and most bite issues can be easily corrected.
The age at which individuals need braces will vary from patient to patient, but with a consultation with an Nashville Children’s Dental Network orthodontist, a professional recommendation can be made to put your child, teen, or even yourself on the right track towards a beautiful, healthy smile!
What to Expect at an Orthodontic Consultation
The thought of a perfect smile is exciting, but the steps to get there can be intimidating to those who are unfamiliar with the orthodontist. With the right orthodontist, this process can be easy, painless, and even exciting for both you and your child.
Orthodontic consultations are great opportunities for patients to get to know their orthodontists and vice versa. It’s important for patients to feel safe, comfortable, and welcome at their orthodontist’s office. After staff introductions and an office tour, parents will be asked to fill out important paperwork regarding your child’s medical and dental history. This information is vital in helping the orthodontist create a safe, customized orthodontic treatment plan for your child.
The next step in the orthodontic consultation is imaging and an exam. This process is very similar to a traditional visit to the dentist in that x-rays may be taken, and the orthodontist uses hand tools to examine the teeth and gums. With the information gathered from the imaging and exam, the orthodontist will expertly put together a personalized treatment plan to suit your child’s specific needs. This treatment plan will give you and your child a better understanding of what treatment options are available and will be most beneficial in creating a beautiful, healthy smile. This treatment plan may include any dental issues that will need to be addressed with a dentist prior to having braces, such as cavities.
Because each treatment plan is customized to fit each patient’s individualized needs, costs may vary. The office staff will take the time to sit down with you and discuss insurance and financing options. The final step in the orthodontic consultation is scheduling the first appointment! This can be done in-office at the conclusion of the consultation with the office staff. Should you have any questions or concerns at any point in the consultation process, please do not hesitate to ask them.
Nashville Children’s Dental Netowrk orthodontic specialists are committed to providing a world-class experience from consultation to debonding day. View our list of convenient locations and schedule your appointment today.