All children develop differently, so there is no set specific age that a child can begin orthodontic treatment, including braces. Generally, the earliest time for a child to see an orthodontist is once permanent teeth begin to start coming in. This earliest point is usually about age 7, but, of course, depends on each individual child’s oral development.
Braces may not be the first plan of action to help correct oral issues in a child. In some cases, dental appliances other than braces can be used for correction before braces, while a child still has most of their baby teeth. Then, the next phase would include braces, often for a shorter period of time than using braces alone.
Children can get different types of braces. These include metal, ceramic (clear) and platinum gold braces. While all material types are equally effective, a child may want ceramic braces if they are concerned about appearance, and platinum gold braces may be an option for children with nickel or other metal allergies.
Each case is unique and requires specialized care, which is why it is important to consult an experienced orthodontist like Dr. Wiewiora or Dr. Dunn of Wiewiora & Dunn Orthodontics.
What is the average cost of braces for a child?
The average cost of braces and orthodontic care can vary greatly, depending on your child’s individual needs. At Wiewiora & Dunn Orthodontics, our expert treatment can be customized to your family’s budget. We offer a variety of payment options, including an interest-free, no money down in-house financing plan. We additionally accept CareCredit, LendingClub, Visa, American Express, MasterCard, and Discover – as well as checks and cash.