We tend to think of braces as being worn only by teenagers, but this isn’t always the case. In fact, the best time to start orthodontic treatment might be earlier or later, depending on the needs of your teeth. If you’re curious about when to see an orthodontist for you or your child, we have all of the answers you seek.
Why Do We Need Orthodontics?
Braces and other devices that help straighten teeth are not just a way to improve a smile and enhance confidence. They are also a necessary tool for a healthy smile. Malocclusions and misalignments of the teeth can lead to health problems for people of all ages. This includes jaw pain, tooth decay, gum disease, temporomandibular jaw dysfunction, and many other issues. Teeth are easier to clean when they are lined up well. This reduces the risk of tooth loss and infection, and causes improved self-esteem for both children and adults!
The Best Time to Start Orthodontic Treatment
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends having your child seen by the age of 7. As their adult teeth begin to emerge, they may be a candidate for phase 1, or interceptive treatment, that involves braces, space maintainers, or palatal expanders. Not all children will need braces at this age and may not need treatment until ages 8-14.
But it’s never too late for braces–older teenagers and adults can benefit from orthodontic treatment too! We have many adult patients who missed out on having braces as children that take advantage now that they’re grown. These days, there are many orthodontic options, including Invisalign®, to discreetly straighten your teeth. These clear, removable aligners allow you to achieve straighter teeth without traditional metal wires and brackets.
How Can I Pay for Braces?
Orthodontic treatment is an investment in your long-term health and appearance. It can cost a few thousand dollars, but we hope to make orthodontic treatment affordable for individuals and families with our variety of financial options. Here at Farmington Dental and Orthodontics, we accept all major debit and credit cards, FSAs and HSAs, cash (with a 10% cash discount!), dental insurance, CareCredit®, and ARKids First. We also offer an in-house payment plan and an in-house dental membership program that covers preventive services and offers huge discounts on braces and other cosmetic treatments.
Schedule an Orthodontic Consultation!
We hope to make high-quality orthodontic treatment accessible for you and your family. Contact us today to enroll in our dental membership program or to schedule an orthodontic consultation for you or your child.