Did you know that NASA developed the wire used in braces? The nickel-titanium alloy was first designed in 1959 for space shuttles. Its ability to keep its shape after being bent made it perfect to use on teeth.

Most people associate braces with kids, but plenty of adults are choosing to get braces to straighten or fix their teeth.

What is the best age to get braces, though? You may be wondering when it’s time for you or your child to head to the orthodontist.

If you’re unsure about the recommended age to get braces, you’ll want to keep reading to find out.

What are Braces Really For?

If you think the reason to get braces is to straighten teeth, you’re right, but that’s not all. Braces can fix a host of issues, such as a misaligned bite or too much or too little space in the mouth. They can even help with breathing problems or a speech impediment.

Some of these maladies are apparent from an early age. Some may develop later. It’s important to visit the dentist regularly and let them know if you or your child has any teeth, mouth, or jaw concerns.

When to Get Braces

First, let’s talk about children and braces. According to WebMD, your child should begin going to the dentist around their first birthday. Regular trips to the dentist should help spot any issues that may be developing with your child’s teeth.

Your child’s dentist may recommend a visit to the orthodontist. A child can go at any age, but many experts believe a child should go around the age of 7. By this time, problems such as an overbite or crowded teeth should be apparent.

Treatment with braces can begin when a child is between the ages of 8 and 14—when most of their permanent teeth have grown in. 

The growth of a child’s jawbone is an important factor here, too. It’s much easier to correct most types of bite issues if the jawbone isn’t fully developed.

An orthodontist might begin with dental appliances—not necessarily braces—if there are still baby teeth. Once all the permanent teeth are in, a shift will likely be made to braces.

Treatment is most effective and can be quicker while a child’s head and mouth are still growing.

Adults and Braces

Maybe you needed braces when you were young, but they were too expensive or you had medical issues. As an adult, your situation may have changed, and you now have the means and health to get your teeth fixed.

You’ll be happy to know it’s never too late to get braces.

Some adults might be concerned about how getting braces might affect their appearance. No worries—there are plenty of choices available to repair your teeth and brighten your smile. You can opt for clear or removable aligners, ceramic or clear braces, or lingual braces that go behind your teeth.

If you think you’re a candidate for braces, don’t hesitate to visit Warren Orthodontics or your local practice for a consultation.

The Best Age to Get Braces

By now, you should be convinced that there is no single best age to get braces. The important thing is to take care of your teeth every day—and encourage your children to, too.

As soon as you notice a problem, get yourself or your child to a dentist or orthodontist who can help.

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