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What Is the Best Age to Get Braces?

You’re never too old to get a healthier mouth. To find out if braces are right for your child or for you, call LM Orthodontic

About 4 million Americans are wearing orthodontic braces each year. Braces fix malocclusion, or misalignment, in teeth to give you a straight, beautiful smile. 

Many people think of braces as a teenage rite of passage. And while it’s true that nearly 75% of patients with braces are teens, that’s not the only age that braces work to improve your smile and your oral health. Braces can be an option for children as young as 9 and adults well into their golden years.

Serving patients of all ages in McLean, Virginia, the team at LM Orthodontics is here to help you learn about orthodontic braces.

Braces can improve your smile at almost any age

Around age 6, children begin losing their baby teeth. By age 12, most kids have lost all of their baby teeth and their adult teeth have come in. Once you have most of your adult teeth, you’re a candidate for braces.

The best age to begin orthodontic treatment depends on your mouth. Our team recommends that children get an orthodontic evaluation around age 7 to determine a treatment plan. Some kids can benefit from other types of orthodontic treatment, such as palate expanders, before getting braces.

If you need braces, the most common age to get them is between 9 and 14. But if you didn’t get braces as an adolescent, it’s not too late. Adults at nearly every age who are bothered by crooked teeth can achieve a beautiful smile with the help of orthodontic braces.

The benefits of braces

Most people don’t have straight teeth without the help of orthodontics. Braces generally use wires and metal brackets to move your teeth into the proper positioning in your jawbone. They can correct:

Braces slowly reposition your teeth in your mouth with gentle, continuous pressure. They straighten crooked teeth and make your bite align as it should. Straight teeth not only give you a picture-perfect smile, but they also are easier to keep clean because plaque is less likely to get trapped than with crooked or overcrowded teeth.

Your perfect smile

Orthodontic treatment is personalized for you. The amount of time you need to wear braces depends on the orthodontic issues your braces are correcting. Most people can expect to have braces between 18-30 months. 

After your braces are removed, you may need to wear removable retainers at night to keep your teeth from moving. Sometimes, small wires are cemented behind your front teeth to act as permanent retainers. 

Depending on your mouth, metal braces might not be your only option for orthodontic correction. Talk to our team to find out if you could get straighter teeth with clear aligners like Invisalign® or 3M™ Clarity™ Aligners. 

You’re never too old to get a healthier mouth. To find out if braces are right for your child or for you, call LM Orthodontics to book an appointment to start your journey toward straighter teeth.

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