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What Age Can You Get Braces?

Updated: May 19, 2023

There is no age limit for getting braces. While childhood is a good time to make changes to your mouth and jaw, more adults than ever are undergoing orthodontic treatment to correct orthodontic issues such as crooked or missing teeth and create a beautiful smile.

While some orthodontists may tell you that there is a lower age limit, most prefer you to have at least some permanent teeth before starting treatment. However, every case is different.


Whether it is you or your child that has severely crooked teeth, or a bad underbite or overbite, you may be wondering if there is an ideal age for braces.

A child's mouths is continually changing. Their jaw lengthens, and their mouth area grows and expands. Their baby teeth fall out and permanent teeth begin to grow through. So, if you are wondering if your child needs braces or will in the future, it is best to consult an orthodontist so they can put a plan in place or detect any early issues.

Overall, there is no specific age at which your child should first visit the orthodontist. Some children go as young as 6 years of age, and others from 10. Many orthodontists believe that the best time to see a professional is when your child’s permanent teeth begin to come in. For many children, that is around the age of 7.

That being said, a visit to the orthodontist should happen whenever you feel it may be needed. Your family dentist may recommend a visit, especially if they notice issues with your child’s tooth alignment or bite.

As for getting braces as an adult to correct a smile that is crooked or misaligned, book a consultation with your orthodontist. There is no age limit for braces, and there are also plenty of great options available for adults who are self-conscious both about their smile and orthodontic treatments. You are never too old to achieve a beautiful, straighter smile, provided your gums and bones are in good health.

Book a consultation at Fine Orthodontics to get the beautiful smile you want, no matter your age.



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