Is 11 too young for braces?

Nene J. - posted on 12/19/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )




Damaris doesn't have crooked teeth but even though she brushes I want to know that her teeth are healthy and I know braces are good for teeth. Am I making too big a deal out of this? Or am I justified in my worry about my daughter's teeth?


Nina - posted on 12/19/2009




hi. iam a quailfied dental nurse have bin in the job for 12 years and i really dont think your makeing a big deal i just want to say that if your daughter has no cavitys (bad teeth) and she brushes twice a day (morning and night) and if she has treats only after meals NEVER in between meals then i feel she will not need braces orthodontics only put braces on if they are crooked and misshaped so i think you and your dauhter have nothing to worry about. hope i healped.. merry christmas.. x

Steph - posted on 12/19/2009




The only reason to get braces is to bring teeth into proper alignment. Why put your daughter through the pain of braces if her teeth are straight? See her dentist!


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Gian Angela - posted on 03/04/2014




i want to have braces ... my teeth are really ok but my one teeth is not straight ... do i need to have braces? is it really painful?

Sharon - posted on 12/19/2009




YOU don't decide if braces are needed.

An orthodontist decides if braces are needed. Sometimes it obvious. Other times it isn't. My oldest has braces and my youngest has a schwartz appliance for correcting his arch.

My oldest was expected to need braces but younger boy - was surprise. My daughter will probably need braces just because of family history but we'll see.

Michelle - posted on 12/19/2009




my daughter is 8 and has a slight overbite. According to her dentist they will get worse if she doesn't get braces. She will be getting them next year. i would only recommend getting braces if the teeth are crooked or are causing issues while eating, but then again I'm not an ortho.

Naudja - posted on 12/19/2009




It all depends on the repsonsibility level of the child. I disagree with everyone who says, braces are only for crocked teeth. My daughter and I both had braces and neither of us had crocked teeth, however, there was spacing that I wanted closed. I was in my very late 30's when I got mine and my daughter was about 11. She did a great job at keeping up with the care of her braces and wearing her rubberbands. Everytime I look in the mirror and especially at my daughter mouth, I repeat, this is the best money I EVERY spent. We get compliments everytime we open our mouths, even from people who have seen them.

I say consult with a good orthodontist (very important, get referrals) and see what your options are and if braces are actually needed.

One more thing, don't believe the old stereotype about kids being teesed at school for having braces. So many kids have them now it's actually a fashion statement. My daug and I both, we very sad when it was time to have them removed. Then again, we had an awesome ortho.


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I got braces at 9, but only because my teeth were crooked and the orthodontist told me I needed too... Now I have beautiful teeth and didnt have to go through high school with them on. That being said, go see your dentist.

TAMMY - posted on 12/19/2009




If her teeth are not crooked then no I don't think it's appropriate, just teach her good oral hygiene. 11 is not too young I had them when I was 9. But If her teeth are not crooked there is a good chance that you would be putting her through turmoil at school for nothing. If the end result is to have beautiful teeth, then the process is worth it. If she already has beautiful teeth, then you are giving other children a reason to be very mean. And by the way braces don't feel good. They are painful and uncomfortable when they get put in. I seriously doubt it's a good idea if there is nothing wrong. And I agree with what someone else said about braces can cause bad habits and make your teeth a little more dirty looking. If you don't brush extremely well when you get them taken off you will have white spots in the middle of your teeth. Hope this helps.
*** If the teeth are crooked, the experience is totally worth it***

Sandy - posted on 12/19/2009




My son had a lot of work on his teeth for 3 yrs.(now 14 and just a retainer at night) and having braces adjusted were still very painful after each visit.It was not fun for him.

Tarah - posted on 12/19/2009




unless there is a reason for braces i wouldnt get them i had braces when i was 12 for 4 years and it was painful i dont know if it still is painful but i assume it would be.but i dont think they are good for teeth i think they are good when you have bad teeth

User - posted on 12/19/2009




Have a dentist do an examination. There are other factors that are involved besides "crooked teeth" . The Dentist will make a deteremination and if needed refer the child to an Orthodontist.

Tara - posted on 12/19/2009




Braces are primarily for correcting problems with the teeth such as extreme over/underbite, excessive gaps, etc. If your dentist thinks that braces are needed then I don't think 11 is too young, but if it is just for cosmetic reasons I wouldn't recommend it.
I had to have braces due to a severe overbite - it was that or have my jaw broken and wired into the correct position (and it would have to have been done twice). I had a retainer from age 10-11, then had corrective braces (including elastics and two sets of headgear) to pull my jaw and teeth into proper alignment from age 11-18. I had to have another set of corrective braces put on to straighten my teeth a bit more after my wisdom teeth came in when I was 19, so I had them from ages 19-21 as well.
Speaking as someone who had them for an extensive period of time, it was difficult as a 10 year old to get into the right dental habits (wearing the retainer all the time, putting in elastics properly, brushing/flossing properly - which is difficult with braces and I would recommend a Waterpik for dental care if you do get braces for her). It was also difficult socially, especially with the headgear - kids can be nasty, especially if there is anything different about you. Lastly, braces are used for correcting teeth position so they can hurt because your teeth/jaw position is literally being pushed/pulled into a better position so that is something else to consider.
Also keep in mind that braces do not always keep the teeth straight - once mine came off I had a couple of teeth go a little crooked anyway, but I decided I was done with braces so my teeth stay as they are now :)

Amanda - posted on 12/19/2009




every adult i know who had braces as a young person wished they had waited (barring one girl who needed surgery on her jaw) the body has not finished growing and leaving it till the child is 18 even 16 is better i think. but guess what i have never had braces... sorry/)

Nicole - posted on 12/19/2009




i had braces at 11 till i was 15, but my teeth were skew. i dont see any piont if her teeth are fine. it's alot of money and ridicule for nothing, has the dentist said there will be any improvement if you get braces? - i must admit the years of embarrassment and shyness to smile has left me with the most beautiful smile. in my opinion it was worth it.

Helen - posted on 12/19/2009




I felt the same way when my ex husband (who has custody but share parental responsabilty with me) went ahead and got braces for my 9 year old son. He doesn't have crooked teeth but his two front teeth do stick out abit. I went to see the dentist who showed me the x-rays and you could see that inside the gums the teeth were pushing out at an angle and that there won't be enough room for his teeth in his mouth. If the dentist has advised that she needs a brace i'd go with it,

C. - posted on 12/19/2009




I would wait if I were you. 11 year olds are usually too immature to wear their retainer every night after the braces are taken off. My husband was given braces around 12 years old or so.. He hated wearing his retainer, so he hardly ever did! Now, he is almost 22 (his birthday's on Sunday) and will have to get braces put back on after he comes back from deployment (they put them on and had to take them off b/c his First Sgt fought the waiver that he had, yadda yadda yadda..) All in all, I think its best to wait until they are at least 15 or 16, as they are a little more mature and that way you won't be wasting your money. Also, unless the dentist specifically says that your child will NEED braces, there is no need to worry about getting them. Just b/c their teeth are a LITTLE crooked, doesn't mean braces are necessary.. It's when it will cause problems (like if their teeth are so crooked they can't brush then properly and it can cause tooth decay b/c of it) that you should need to get them braces.

Betty - posted on 12/19/2009




If her dentist says she will benefit from braces then go for it. 11 is not too young. Braces can make teeth worse if she has poor brushing and flossing habits because the teeth are way more difficult to keep clean.

Jodi - posted on 12/19/2009




Why would you want braces if her teeth aren't crooked?? That's what braces are for......

Bibby - posted on 12/19/2009




I don't think u should even concider braces until u speak to a dentist.... braces are really only used for very crooked teeth and if her's are fine no dentist will put them on for her even if u want her to have them! I think at this point u are making big deal out of it! Like I said if u have any teeth concerns u really should speak with a dental professional about it.

Kellyn - posted on 12/19/2009




If you decide to get braces for, I think that's totally up to you. It won't hurt her at all. Kids can get braces as young as 6, although they are usually not braces but a more temporary form of it in order to allow for baby teeth being lost and adult teeth coming in.

My sister had too small of a mouth for all her adult teeth so they had to pull one or two adult teeth and then get her braces to straighten them all out. The sooner you shift the teeth around, the better the chances of not needing to have permanent teeth pulled and the better the chances of not having the long-lasting traditional braces (or at least not have them for as long).

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