The most common question for orthodontists is “How much do braces for kids cost?” The second most common question is “When should my child see an orthodontist?”
While the idea of kids getting braces before their teens might seem unusual, most children have an established bite by age 7. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child receive their first orthodontic screening at this time. Treatments are not usually necessary at this age, but Dr. Warren will be able to determine if it would benefit your child now and if and when treatments might be needed in the future.
Why a Child Might Need Early Treatment
Early orthodontic treatment is advantageous because a young child’s teeth have not finished erupting and their jaws are still developing. This allows us to guide the rest of their adult teeth as they come in and fix any jaw size or alignment issues before they become more serious.
Early orthodontic treatment can:
- Provide more room for crowded erupting teeth
- Preserve space for teeth that have not yet erupted
- Create facial symmetry by manipulating jaw growth
- Reduce the possible need for tooth extraction
- Reduce the overall treatment time
- Reduce the cost of braces for kids when the time comes
If early orthodontic treatment is needed, we will create a personalized treatment plan for optimal results. This treatment may include removable or fixed appliances, headgear, or a partial set of braces, and generally lasts anywhere between 6 and 18 months.
If your child is seven years old, or if his or her pediatric dentists has recommended an orthodontic appointment, please give us a call at (801) 489-7878 to schedule a free consultation.