A child getting braces is a big deal for a family. Parents are committing significant financial resources, while kids must commit to wearing braces and taking great care of their oral health. We want to help families make the best possible decisions for their members, so Bluestone Orthodontics has put together this short Braces FAQ in Harrisonburg, Woodstock, and Luray, VA.
When Should Children Visit an Orthodontist for the First Time?
We recommend that parents who suspect their child might need braces in the future schedule an orthodontic appointment around age seven. Early intervention allows orthodontists to monitor any changes to your child’s oral health, even if your family doesn’t plan to pursue braces right now.
When Do Most Kids Get Braces?
Pre-teen children and adults can get braces at any time, but we found the five-year span between the ages of nine and 14 to be the most common window of opportunity for kids.
How Long Do Most Kids Wear Braces?
Some kids wear braces for only one year, while others wear them three years or longer, followed by retainer use at night. The average is 24 months, and the severity of your child’s orthodontic issues is the biggest determiner of treatment time.
Can Teenagers Wear Invisalign Instead of Traditional Braces?
The answer to this question is a resounding yes! Children who have all their permanent teeth are just as good candidates for Invisalign orthodontic treatment as adults. Invisalign is a brand name for customized clear plastic aligners that place pressure on the teeth to move. You wear one at a time for approximately two weeks before switching it for the next one in the set.
Schedule a Consultation to Learn More About Braces
We realize you may have several more questions and invite you to request a consultation in Harrisonburg, Woodstock, or Luray at your convenience.