Early Adulthood 

When Should Kids Get Braces? 

As your child enters their early adulthood years, there will be plenty of milestones. Although many would not consider braces a milestone, most adolescents are ready for them between ages 10 and 14. Children will most likely have most of their permanent teeth between these ages as their jawbone continues to develop. Jawbones in this state are ideal for braces because teeth shift much easier and bite issues can be corrected with little interference. 

Ages may vary for needing braces. That’s why it is essential for your child to visit a NCDN orthodontist. We can make professional recommendations and put your child on the right track for a perfect smile! 

Braces or Clear Aligners: Which is Best? 

If your child’s orthodontist recommends treatment, the good news is that there are a plethora of options available. This guarantees a treatment plan that best suits their lifestyle. Braces have come a long way, and so have invisible aligners which were once exclusively available to adults. Although both options may have a similar outcome, the aligning methods are different. 

Traditional metal braces are certainly the most common choice. The most severe misalignments can be corrected with them. Kids also seem to enjoy the custom color choices for the elastic ligatures. Color combinations are endless in supply and make the treatment process more enjoyable. 

Clear aligners have also grown in popularity, especially for older patients. They have the same benefits as traditional braces but require more diligence and attention. If you feel your child may be prone to removing the aligners, we recommend braces. 

Clear Aligners Pro’s and Con’s 


  • Nearly Invisible– Clear aligners are discreet and less noticeable than metal braces. 
  • Brushing and Flossing- Because they are removable, brushing and flossing can be significantly easier with clear aligners. 
  • No Food Restrictions- The list of foods to avoid is nonexistent, unlike traditional metal braces. 
  • Less Visits to the Orthodontist- Treatment plans require less visits. Patients can follow it independently and trade out aligners as needed.  


  • Diligence is Required– Without keeping up, clear aligners cannot work effectively and will extend treatment times for patients. 
  • Speaking Difficulty- During the early stages, it will be an adjustment. Most patients report it taking a week to be able to speak normally again. 
  • Limited Treatment- Moderate to severe issues may not be corrected with invisible aligner trays. Likewise, anyone prone to losing their trays should avoid these, as responsibility is required.