As we've discussed on this blog, it's a good idea for a child to have their first orthodontist appointment by their seventh birthday. But you may be wondering what is the best time for child to get braces? Thomas J. Salinas, D.D.S. explains in an article for the Mayo Clinic that the timing depends on the severity and cause of your child's tooth misalignment.

Typically, most children — who need them — get dental braces between the ages of eight and 14. The treatment normally begins when a child has lost all or most of their baby teeth and the majority of their adult teeth have come in. 

Some orthodontists may suggest an "interceptive approach," using dental appliances, not necessarily braces yet, beginning at an earlier stage. 

"Then, when a child has most of his or her adult teeth, a second phase of treatment is started — usually with dental braces," Salinas writes.

One of the advantages of an interceptive approach is that it can shorten the length of treatment for traditional braces once that time comes. Working with an orthodontist, you can come up with the best course of action based on the nature of your child's dental problems.

If you are interested in scheduling a consultation with an orthodontist for your child, contact KidsBracesNYC. We are the premier Pediatric Orthodontic practice for discerning Upper East Side parents looking for the most attentive care for their young children and teenagers.

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