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At what age should a child get braces?
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3 doctors agree
In brief: Varies
Some dentist will do mixed dentition braces, before the baby teeth have been lost.
Some will wait until the adult teeth are in. It depends on the severity of the underlying problem is, and the steps needed for correction. Discuss with your child's dentist.

In brief: Varies
Some dentist will do mixed dentition braces, before the baby teeth have been lost.
Some will wait until the adult teeth are in. It depends on the severity of the underlying problem is, and the steps needed for correction. Discuss with your child's dentist.
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends
The need for rx is based on individualized diagnosis, no 2 children are exactly alike.
Orthodontists recommend 1st ortho cm-up age 7, because sometimes we can do early rx to reduce complexity of later full ortho rx. For most girls, braces at about 11, it's at about 12 for boys. Rx should start just before loss of the last baby teeth and coincide with pubertal growth. See qualified orthodontist.

In brief: Depends
The need for rx is based on individualized diagnosis, no 2 children are exactly alike.
Orthodontists recommend 1st ortho cm-up age 7, because sometimes we can do early rx to reduce complexity of later full ortho rx. For most girls, braces at about 11, it's at about 12 for boys. Rx should start just before loss of the last baby teeth and coincide with pubertal growth. See qualified orthodontist.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. S. Jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
In brief: Depends on problems
The best age for orthodontics is very dependent upon the specific needs of each patient.
Some children may benefit from some limited early care before all permanent teeth erupt. The majority begin treatment as adolescence begins, start of teen years, and the growth spurt begins. It's best to ask your orthodontic specialist what is best for your child.

In brief: Depends on problems
The best age for orthodontics is very dependent upon the specific needs of each patient.
Some children may benefit from some limited early care before all permanent teeth erupt. The majority begin treatment as adolescence begins, start of teen years, and the growth spurt begins. It's best to ask your orthodontic specialist what is best for your child.
Dr. S. Jay Bowman
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Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry
In brief: Braces
The american association of orthodontists recommends that all children by age of 7 should have an orthodontic exam. www.
braces.org for more info.

In brief: Braces
The american association of orthodontists recommends that all children by age of 7 should have an orthodontic exam. www.
braces.org for more info.
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dr. Shawn Murray
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