How Old is Old Enough for Braces?
By Northside Family Dentistry
September 17, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces  

BracesDo your child's crooked, gapped or crowded teeth lead you to believe that he or she will likely need braces in the near future? If so, the right time to visit your dentist at Northside Family Dentistry in Macon, GA may be sooner than you think. Dentists such as Clinton M. Watson, D.D.S, M.B.A and Nicole L. Jackson, D.D.S are seeing children for braces consultations earlier and earlier these days, and you won't want to make your child wait for treatment longer than you should.

Initial Consultation

Many parents are surprised to learn that the American Association for Orthodontics recommends that all children visit their dentist for a braces consultation by the age of seven, even if the child is not showing signs that braces are necessary.

While some cases are obvious, others are more subtle, and only your child's dentist can let you know for sure if braces will be needed. The sooner your child is assessed, the sooner both you and your child's dentist can begin discussing the treatment plan that will be right for your family.

Getting Braces for the First Time

Just because your child visits a Macon, GA dentist by age seven doesn't mean that he or she will start treatment that young, though it is a possibility. Instead, you will need to discuss your child's unique case with either Dr. Watson or Dr. Jackson at Northside Family Dentistry to find out when the best time to begin treatment will be.

Depending on the severity of the case, your doctor's preferences and your family's preferences, treatment may begin anytime between age seven and the teen years. Generally, most children begin treatment around the time most of their baby teeth have fallen out and their permanent teeth have come in.

Whether your child's teeth are obviously in need to treatment or you'd just like to learn more so you can prepare in advance, bringing your child in to see a dentist at Northside Family Dentistry in Macon, GA is the best way to find out more about what to expect. If your child is seven or will be soon, call and schedule an appointment today.