Best Age For Braces

You may be here because you’re considering bringing your child to an orthodontist for the first time and you have questions. Watch this educational video by Dr. Steven J. Hietanen to learn about the best age for braces, and when you should be considering bringing your child in for an early orthodontic consultation. At Orthodontists Associates of WNY, we offer free complimentary screenings for all children. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.

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  • A very popular question parents ask is about the best age for a first orthodontic visit. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends patients be screened as early as age seven. Doing so enables us to identify contributing problems that might require additional orthodontics in the future.
  • Not every patient who comes into the orthodontist’s office at age seven starts treatment. However, it is wise to have an educated eye examine the patient to identify factors that may contribute to a need for intervention and begin making corrections. A more profound impact is possible with a younger patient than with an older one.
  • Age should not be the only determinant, however. If a parent suspects a problem in their child who is younger than seven, or if the child’s general dentist recognizes a problem and wants to make a referral, it is never too early to visit the orthodontist for a conversation.
  • Many times, orthodontists are the first line of defense in identifying other overlooked problems. These include issues like tongue dysfunction, breathing problems, and others. Since it is important to treat those things, a patient can come into our office for an evaluation at any age.

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Orthodontists Associates of Western New York is proud to offer braces for all ages throughout Buffalo, LancasterOleanHamburgOrchard Park, and DunkirkEast Aurora, and Niagara Falls New York. If you are considering orthodontic treatment for yourself or a loved one, please contact one of our 7 convenient orthodontic offices to arrange a free consultation.

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