What Is the Youngest Age for Dental Braces?

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What Is the Youngest Age for Dental Braces?
Orthodontic evaluation is best at 7 years old. (dental repairs image by sumos from Fotolia.com)

The age a child has dental braces fitted depends on the initial diagnosis of the orthodontist. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that evaluation of a child's mouth be done at the age of seven.

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Malocclusion

Braces are usually fitted to correct problems such as crooked teeth or a bad bite. Upper teeth misaligned with the lower teeth is known as malocclusion.

What Is the Youngest Age for Dental Braces?
Malocclusion starts to present itself when the adult teeth start to come through. (teeth image by DXfoto.com from Fotolia.com)

Adult Teeth

As the adult teeth begin to appear around the age of 6 years and onwards, dentists are able to spot potential problems as they appear. Once a significant number of adult teeth have come through, it is best to fit braces as early as possible.

Optimum Results

The best results are achieved while the child is still growing. ADA suggests treating a child for malocclusion between the ages of 8 and 14.

What Is the Youngest Age for Dental Braces?
Braces should be fitted as early as possible. (smiling pretty blonde girl image by Scott Slattery from Fotolia.com)

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