“When should my child visit for an orthodontic consultation?”
Great question! Our team at Brodsky Orthodontics will tell you that braces were originally considered to be best appropriate for teens. But these days, kids as old as seven are beginning their orthodontic treatment. Because preadolescent kids are typically not self-conscious, our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists suggest it could be a good idea to start early.
Experts, however, say it depends on the treatment required. Some children who get braces at an early age end up in a second phase of treatment, and end up having braces well into their teenage years despite starting young.
Most orthodontic treatment begins between ages nine and 14, and the folks at AAO estimate most orthodontic treatment lasts from one to three years, with two years being the average. It’s important, however, that children be screened at our convenient Lakewood office no later than age seven for Drs. Brodsky and Van Allen to assess what the best age for treatment is.
We hope this helps! We invite you to give us a call at (212) 580-1140 if you have any questions about your child’s treatment and have yourself a relaxing and wonderful weekend!
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