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Age is just a number… especially when it comes to your smile! There are no age requirements or limits when it comes to enjoying the advantages of a beautiful, vibrant smile. People are more confident and can communicate better when they know their teeth look healthy and straight.

Kids can need braces for any number of reasons, including crooked, overlapping, or overcrowded teeth, or a “bad bite” (known as malocclusion). Often, your child’s dentist will be the first to notice problems during a regular visit and recommend that you see an orthodontist (a dentist who specializes in correcting jaw and/or teeth alignment problems). The orthodontist can decide whether your child does indeed need braces and which devices would be best.

There are two types of teeth we may evaluate when you come to our office to discuss getting

  • 12-Year Molars: Also known as second molars, these permanent teeth usually erupt between ages 11 and 13. These teeth should be present before putting in braces.


  • Primary Teeth: You likely have heard these referred to as “baby teeth.” While braces can be placed when primary teeth are still present, this can lead to longer treatment times because the adult teeth still need to erupt. It’s best to wait until all the primary teeth are gone.


There’s no specific age at which a child should first visit the orthodontist. Some kids go when they are 6, some kids go when they’re 10, and some have that first visit when they are well into their teens.

When your children have their 12-year molars and have lost their primary teeth, they’re usually around ages 12 and 13. After consulting with an orthodontist, you’ll know if this is the appropriate age for your child to get braces.

Usually, dental braces treatment starts when a child has lost most of his or her milk teeth, and second set of teeth or permanent teeth have grown in – generally between age of 12  to 14yrs. The best treatment suitable for your child mainly depends on the severity of your child’s dental problems.

Also, Braces aren’t only for children and teenagers, however. If you’re an adult and your family couldn’t afford to get you braces as a child — or didn’t know you needed them, or you did get braces but didn’t follow up with your retainers — you can still get braces as an adult.

There isn’t an age limit for braces!

Discuss with your child’s orthodontist about the best course of action and give your child a beautiful smile.


  • Brush after every time you eat. That’s because food particles trapped in the braces can lead to bleeding or swollen or irritation in gums, bad breath, decay etc
  • Use of soft specially designed orthodontic toothbrush with round bristles, or an electric toothbrush if available is advisable
  • Brush each tooth at the gum line and both above and below the brackets. Brush your gum line first, holding the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle
  • Hard foods are another no-no. Foods such as nuts, ice, popcorn and meat can break the wires of the braces and loosen the brackets. Even otherwise healthy foods, such as raw apples and carrots, can be problematic because their hard texture can damage the wires. To eat crunchy foods, cut them into small, bite-size pieces
  • Avoid sticky and chewy foods, such as dried fruits, caramel, taffy, corn on the cob and chewing gum, all of which can become stuck and be hard to remove from braces
  • If you are stuck somewhere without a toothbrush, vigorously rinse your mouth with water (or mouthwash) and brush as soon as possible
  • If your braces or wires get injured or ulcerated the inside of your lips or cheeks, you can place a special wax on them to prevent this from happening
  • Clean the brackets by brushing at a downward angle on top of the brackets and brushing at an upward angle at the bottom of the brackets
  • Rinse again after brushingFlosser and interdental brushes are other dental cleaning aids which you can use along with mouthwashes

Removal of Appliance

The removal of orthodontic appliances usually takes about one hour. Instructions for retention appliances will be given at this appointment

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Retention Treatment

Do return to our clinic one month after the retention appliance has been delivered. After that appointment, visits will typically take place every two to four months. During the retention appointments, the retainer is examined, adjusted and corrected to ensure proper function.


Active Treatment

This phase of treatment includes monthly evaluation visits (for patients in Comprehensive Treatment) and appliance adjustment visits (for patients in Phase I Treatment). These visits usually occur every three to six weeks and are approximately 30 minutes long. Periodic progress reports and records will be taken throughout the active period of treatment to ensure a high standard of quality and adherence to the patient’s individualized treatment plan.


Initial Placement of Braces

This first appointment of active treatment usually requires one to two hours for placement of the appliance(s) and/or braces with time to review instructions for the care and cleaning of the appliance(s). Due to the length of this appointment, we generally schedule this appointment in the morning or early afternoon. One might feel slight discomfort or tightness or teeth being spread apart kind of feeling after this visit.


Duration of Treatment

The length of treatment depends on the severity of your malocclusion and may vary from case to case. Typically, braces are worn from 10 to 18 months.

The treatment times with clear aligners vary and can range from 12 to 24 months depending on the specific alignment problem; treatment for moderate cases may require as many as 32 steps while minor cases may require as minimal as 12 steps.

The cost of invisible braces is usually higher than traditional orthodontic treatment. Your specific braces cost is determined by factors that include the type and duration of treatment, any other restorative work needed before or throughout treatment.