What’s The Best Age to Get Braces?

This is a trick question, because the best age to get braces is at the age when you need them. Many times, a family dentist will notice issues with the way a youngster’s teeth or jaw are developing and make a referral to a caring family orthodontist in Fort Worth, TX. If orthodontic intervention begins before all permanent teeth have fully erupted, there are usually more choices to provide a straighter smile in adulthood. But just because braces were not worn early in life doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a more attractive smile, whatever your current age.

For Children, Pre-Teens, and Young Teens

Many children are fitted for braces in their middle school years, or about ages 10-14. There are several types of braces that can move teeth quite dramatically, or turn a twisted tooth into proper orientation. We see many families in consultation about traditional metal braces, or to discuss innovation options such as braces that bond to the back of the teeth.

For Older Teens and Adults

When crooked teeth are less dramatic, braces might not be applied in early years, but that doesn’t mean the problem of an awkward smile goes away. If gaps or turned teeth present a cosmetic concern for adults, or even older teenagers, Invisalign clear braces can be an excellent choice. Many people are surprised that Invisalign can have a cost similar to traditional braces, but they are less visible and easier to care for. 

TMJ Disorder At Any Age

If you experience chronic headaches, jaw pain, neck pain and more, it’s possible that TMJ therapy could provide relief. When stresses on the temporomandibular joints are out of balance, it can show up in facial, neck and even shoulder pain. Orthopedic treatment, combined with oral splint therapy can help patients find permanent relief.

Our Orthodontic Services are Available to All Ages

Dr. Ciro Cabal and the team at Lake Country Orthodontics serve adults, teens, and children from White Settlement, North Fort Worth, Springtown, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and surrounding Texas communities. To schedule a consultation for you or your child, call our Ft. Worth, TX, office today at (817) 236-7846.