The Best Time for Braces

May 23, 2017

Are you wondering what’s the best time for braces? It might be earlier than you think! For adults and kids alike, there are plenty of reasons people might want braces – and it’s not just cosmetic. Having straighter teeth can have some health benefits too.

For Kids: No Later than Age 7

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a checkup with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7.

  • Orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present.
  • While your child’s teeth may appear to be straight, there could be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect.
  • Early treatment may prevent more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated.
  • In some cases, the orthodontist will be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing.

Additionally, early treatment may give your orthodontist the chance to guide jaw growth, lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth, correct harmful oral habits, improve appearance, guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position and improve the way lips meet.

For Adults: Anytime!

Teeth can shift at any age – maybe due to an injury, a health condition or just natural growth. Some people who had braces as a child might even need them a second time when they get older, especially if they neglected to wear their retainer after their braces were removed. If you have any of the following issues, you might want to consider braces:

  • If you have a crossbite or misaligned teeth
  • If you are experience headaches, ear pain or stomach issues related to your oral health
  • If you’re not confident about your smile

Orthodontics have come a long way in just the last decade. If you’re concerned about the appearance of braces, be sure to take a look at Invisalign® clear aligners. These “invisible” braces can discreetly straighten your teeth and be removed for eating and cleaning at anytime. If you’re unhappy or concerned about your teeth, we’d love to schedule a free consultation with you to discuss your options.

Schedule Your Free Consultation Today

Schedule your free consultation at one of our BracesBracesBraces locations in Kentucky and Indiana:

Indiana offices

New Albany
2441 State St
New Albany, IN 47150
Phone: (812) 944-8200
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Jeffersonville
2917 E 10th St
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Phone: (812) 284-2272
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Kentucky offices

Crestwood
6408 W Highway 146, Ste 10
Crestwood, KY 40014
Phone: (502) 241-3176
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Dixie Highway
9709 Dixie Highway
Louisville, KY 40272
Phone: (502) 933-4454
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Jefferson Mall
4801 Outer Loop, Suite A206
Louisville, KY 40219
Phone: (502) 961-0351
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LaGrange
2005 S Highway 53, #D2
LaGrange, KY 40031
Phone: (502) 222-4613
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Middletown
134 N Evergreen Rd
Middletown, KY 40243
Phone: (502) 253-2201
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Shelbyville
1415 Main Street
Shelbyville, KY 40065
Phone: (502) 633-4613
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Shepherdsville
1779 Hwy 44E Suite 100
Shepherdsville, KY 40165
Phone: (502) 531-9339
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Westport Village
1106 Lyndon Lane
Louisville, KY 40222
Phone: (502) 254-6085
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