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What is the Best Age to Get Braces For a Child?

Updated: Oct 19

The best age for a child to have braces is typically between nine and fourteen years old, before puberty. Otherwise, they may find it difficult to adjust their positions post-puberty. There are several different types of braces available today, from metal brackets, clear braces, ceramic and Invisalign.

During the pre-teen years, children are often more conscious of their physical appearance and their desire to fit in. As a result, getting braces can be a painful and emotional experience for children. It is important to discuss the options with your child and explain the benefits of straight teeth and braces.



It is important to note that adults' teeth often do not grow in straight lines. They often grow at an angle and then straighten out as their mouth grows. Getting braces for a child is a good idea if you are concerned about the child's oral health. If you have any concerns or are not sure, contact Darling Orthodontic.

In some cases, children can start getting braces before they're seven years old. During this time, the teeth are still forming and you can still get an evaluation. In this way, you can make a game plan for future treatment. The age of the first appointment is usually around seven years old, while phase one treatments can begin as early as 10 or fourteen years old.


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