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.
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.
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.
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.
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