By Wayne Cook, D.D.S.
September 19, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics  

Wondering whether you or your child could benefit from orthodontic treatment?braces

When children’s permanent teeth start to come in it can be obvious whether they need braces or not. Of course, it isn’t always that easy to tell. This is why it’s a great idea to visit our Marion, AR, family dentist, Dr. Wayne Cook, for an orthodontic assessment.

So, when is the best age to visit our Marion dentist to find out if braces are the best option for your child? There is no perfect age, but if you are bringing them in for routine cleanings and exams every six months then we can often determine whether they should get braces early on when baby teeth are still present or whether braces may be a better option once permanent teeth have fully erupted.

Of course, here are some of the telltale signs that your child may need braces:

  • Baby teeth that fall out too early or too late
  • Teeth or jaws that do not properly align
  • Crooked, twisted or protruding teeth
  • Crowding or gaps between teeth

Most of these issues are genetic, which means that there is nothing you can do to prevent these misalignments and other dental problems from happening. Of course, there are certain factors such as thumb sucking, injuries or a poor diet that can also contribute to these problems.

What is the most common age to get braces?

This will really depend on the issues we need to address as well as other factors but it’s common for children between the ages of 8 to 14 to have braces. Of course, this doesn’t mean that anyone over the age of 14 can’t benefit from getting braces.

On the contrary, more and more adults are turning to braces to get their smiles back and you could, too. There are many new orthodontic treatments out there that offer adults a way to get a straighter smile later in life. No one is ever too old for braces.

It never hurts to sit down and discuss your orthodontic treatment options here in Marion, AR. Whether you think your child could benefit from braces or you want to find out about adult orthodontic options, we are here to serve you. Call us today to learn more!


Marion, AR Family Dentist
Wayne Cook, D.D.S.
303 Bancario Rd.Suite 7
Marion, AR 72364
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