The Perfect Age to Get Braces

The Perfect Age to Get Braces
Posted on 09/11/2016
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Folks with orthodontic problems near Brush Prairie, WA can benefit from treatment by a professional orthodontist at any age. Your teeth are unique, just like you. Pritchard Orthodontics near Brush Prairie, WA can evaluate your oral health care needs and provide you with the best orthodontic care available. Whether you are 7 years old or 50 years old, braces can help straighten and beautify your smile. After an initial consultation and assessment of your teeth and gums, Dr. Tyler Pritchard will be able to discuss with you if braces are right for you.

When Is The Right Time For Braces?

While patients at any age can benefit from orthodontic treatment, there are a few specific ages where treatment is optimal, like after the last baby tooth has fallen out and all of the adult teeth have grown in. 

By the age of 7 years old, children should see an orthodontist and get an evaluation to address any possible issues. From the ages of 8 years old to 14 years old, children’s head and mouth are still growing, which makes this a good time in life to correct any orthodontic issues.

Even after age 14, you can still benefit from an orthodontic consultation and treatment from Pritchard Orthodontics.

How long will I need to have my braces?

The question that Dr. Tyler Pritchard is asked most often by prospective clients needing braces is, “How long do I need to wear braces?” (It depends on the individual patient’s case and their specific treatment). Most patients experience orthodontic treatments over a period of 18 to 30 months. A consultation with the team at Pritchard Orthodontics is the best indicator of how long your specific treatment may last.

Orthodontic treatment or braces can cause minor pain and sensitivity for a patient. It is important that parents explain to their children under age 18 what they may experience before, during, and after their braces are put on. And although wearing braces can be uncomfortable at first, they will get used to wearing them and their braces will become easier to wear over time. 

If a patient participates in a sport that requires a mouthguard, or plays a musical instrument, make sure to speak with Dr. Tyler Pritchard about playing while undergoing orthodontic treatment. You will learn quickly how to engage in your favorite activities with your braces. 

Whether you are 7 years old with crooked teeth or 50 years old with an overbite, Dr. Tyler Prtichard can administer the appropriate treatment for your specific needs and age group.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Pritchard Orthodontics near Brush Prairie, WA, visit our office or call us at: (360) 667-4111