What is the Best Age to Get Braces?

October 14, 2019
Carly A. Moran, DDS, MS

You’re finally ready to take the plunge and get the beautiful, straight smile you’ve always wanted for your child (or yourself). You’ve researched how to find and choose the best orthodontist near you, tips for surviving your first week with braces, and even the process we use to put braces on your teeth. But, now that it’s time for a face-to-face consultation, you might be wondering: what is the best age to get braces?

It’s a question we hear often at Gorman & Bunch Orthodontics, and the answer is simple: although childhood is usually the ideal time, it’s never too late for braces! In fact, according to the American Academy of Orthodontics (AAO), one in five orthodontic patients is an adult.

But before we dive into braces for adults, let’s first discuss the ideal time for children and teens to receive braces.

What is the Best Age to Get Braces

Braces for Children and Teens

The AAO recommends that children should have an orthodontic evaluation by the age of seven, before all of the permanent teeth have erupted — because we can more easily treat most conditions the earlier we find them. If some of these issues are left untreated at a young age, they may require surgery or permanent tooth extractions later in life.

That being said, every child’s development varies and your orthodontist will recommend the right time frame to consider braces for your child. Many children become candidates for braces between the ages of 8 and 14.

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Braces for Adults

As for adults, properly aligned teeth are important at any age for optimal health, not just appearance. Well-aligned teeth are easier to clean and less susceptible to abnormal wear on the enamel, and a better bite allows you to eat better, speak more clearly, and maintain an overall healthier smile.

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The growing number of options for braces, including Invisalign, makes orthodontic treatment for adults more popular. Fortunately, there’s no braces age limit, which means adults of any age can enjoy the benefits of braces!

If you’re still unsure of the best age to get braces, we can help. Our team of orthodontists work with patients of all ages to find the best solutions for their smiles. For more information on the best treatment plan for you, contact one of our offices today!


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