When we think of braces, most of us usually get the picture of that awkward teenager with a metal-filled mouth. But did you know that people of all ages can get braces nowadays? This, of course, raises the question – what’s the right age to get braces? If you’re one of those asking about this, you probably know someone – your kids or perhaps, yourself – who needs braces.
Essentially, with the wide array of options ranging from ceramic braces to even clear aligners, there isn’t a specific ‘right age’ to get braces any more. Although childhood is a good time to make changes to the mouth and jaw, more and more adults are seeking orthodontic treatment for missing and crooked teeth, TMJ disorders, and malocclusion.
In the case of children, an ideal time for placement of braces is between 10 and 14 years of age, while the head and mouth are still growing and teeth are more conducive to straightening. In these cases, children are mature and responsible enough to manage braces on their own with little parental intervention. However, having your child orthodontically screened by the age of 7 is recommended for optimal treatment.
For adults, braces are most effective if minor changes are made to incorporate braces into their routine. Remember to think of teeth just as any other bone in your body. They do stop growing at the end of adolescence, but it’s still possible to correct them throughout your life.
If you think braces can help you or your loved ones, why not pay us a visit? Our experts can give you the best opinion to get that perfect smile. With proximity to Balewadi and Hinjewadi, we’re never too far away!