Is 10 years old too early for braces.
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Cheryl - posted on 06/23/2009
I work for an orthodontist so braces are my thing !! Sometimes there is an early stage of treatment to try and lessen the treatment needed down the road. If a cross-bite situation can be eliminated at an early age that sometimes means they won't need braces when they get to be teenagers. Early treatment is usually done between the ages of 7 and 12. They can range from a variety of treatments. Some children need a palatal expansion appliance to broaden their palates and others need help with cross-bites and crowding. The Dr. that I work for usually likes to wait until the kids have all of their adult teeth before he begins treatment(usually around age 12). Sometimes an early phase of treatment can not be avoided. Thumb suckers and kids that used pacifiers until their teeth started to erupt are sometimes the ones who need early intervention. Some kids are early " erupters" and have their teeth sooner than age 12. It just depends on the child. Some children are treated with just a few braces in the front to correct the alignment of the front teeth if all of their permanent teeth are not in yet. They straighten the front ones and then go in to a retainer while they are waiting for the rest of the teeth to come in. There are so many variations on orthodontic treatment. I hope this helped you a bit !!!
Maria - posted on 06/24/2009
Not really. It depends on how your child's teeth is coming along. My oldest on started wearing braces at 8yo, upon the recommendation of our pediatric dentist because of the way his teeth was sprouting out all at once and his mouth was too small to accommodate them all. He had to wear it for 2 1/2 years to align all his adult teeth when they all finally came out. Fortunately, he doesn't have to wear any retainers after that and he's now 17 with great looking teeth!
User - posted on 02/15/2013
i had braces from the age of 11 through to 15, and my teeth are still very straight (im 30 now) i think the sooner the better i had overcrowding, had to have teeth removed and the braces to space them out and straighten them up...best desicion of my life xx
Janileth - posted on 06/23/2009
no it's not... as long as the child has all adult teeth and the dentist is giving the green light them they should be fine... my daughter just got braces and she just turned 11... we have to encourage afterwards that the retainer be worn and good oral hygiene but it's not too young
Terri - posted on 06/23/2009
I agree with Janileth. Also talk to your dentist about the full plan they have for your child. Some dentists are putting them on at a younger age now and then removing them and putting them back on when they get a little older for various reasons. My 10 year old is getting ready to have hers put on also.
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