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When Is the Best Time to Get Braces?

When Is the Best Time to Get Braces?

Very few of us are blessed with a perfect smile. When permanent teeth start to come in, many of us will notice problems like overcrowded teeth, overbites, gaps, and other dental problems. The big question is if the problem is only cosmetic, or if there are bigger issues that need to be corrected. Luckily, orthodontists provide several safe, effective, and affordable types of braces for you to achieve a dazzling smile.

What Are Braces?

Dental braces are orthodontic devices designed to straighten and align a patient’s teeth to correct their bite and promote overall dental health. The most common types of braces include:

Traditional Braces

These use metal or plastic brackets that are bonded to the front of the teeth and are connected by wires.

Lingual Braces

These utilize the back of the teeth for bracket and wire placement to keep them hidden.

Plastic Aligners

Also called Invisalign, these are a custom-made series of removable plastic retainers designed to straighten teeth for a short period of time before replacing with a new aligner.

With traditional and lingual braces, the wires that are attached to each bracket are tightened periodically to promote the straightening process.

How Do I Know if I Need Braces?

Your dentist evaluates your bite, jaw alignment, teeth spacing, and more during your annual dental checkup. If your dentist thinks you would benefit from braces, you’ll be referred to an orthodontist, who specializes in correcting dental misalignments, to start your treatment. You may consider getting braces if you have:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Overcrowded teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Misaligned jaw
  • Other jaw disorders

What Is the Right Age for Braces?

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, it is recommended that a child has their first consultation with an orthodontists at age 7. Although patients of any age can benefit from braces, starting treatment between the ages of 10 and 14 is ideal. During this age, your head and mouth are still growing and your teeth are more receptive to straightening. Parents should talk to their child about their fears or concerns about getting braces and discuss these with the orthodontist before making a decision.

Also, you do not necessarily need a referral from you dentist – patients can book an appointment with an orthodontist directly.

What Type of Braces Should I Get?

Your particular dental problems dictate the kind of braces you need. If you have a severe overbite or jaw misalignment, you’ll get the best treatment outcome with traditional braces. If you have mildly crooked teeth, you could be a good candidate for Invisalign.

How Long Will I Have to Wear My Braces?

The severity of your dental problem will ultimately determine how long you’ll need braces. Most patients can expect to wear their braces between 18 and 30 months. After your braces are removed or you’ve finished all of your plastic aligners, your orthodontist will suggest you wear a customized retainer for few months to keep your newly straightened teeth from reverting to their original position. You may need to wear the retainer at night for a couple of years or more for optimal results.

Hoxw Can I Take Care of My Teeth While Wearing Braces?

It’s important to continue practicing good oral hygiene while wearing braces or plastic aligners. Brush your teeth twice a day, and floss with the special tool your orthodontist provides you if you’re wearing traditional braces. You’ll need to avoid certain foods while wearing braces to avoid breaking the brackets or wires. If you wear aligners, brush them every day or soak them in a special solution designed to clean aligners and retainers.

Do you think you need braces or want to learn more about them? Make an appointment today with Amazing Smiles Orthodontics. Our experienced, caring team of orthodontists are committed to offering the best care available to give you a winning smile.

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Orthodontics for kids: Best time for your child’s first orthodontist visit?

Orthodontics for kids: Best time for your child’s first orthodontist visit?

If I had a dollar for every time I’m asked… In short, the American Orthodontics Association recommends a child’s first visit to the orthodontist by age 7. With early orthodontic intervention, you’ll have the best chance to give your child his/her best chance for a beautiful, healthy smile— as well as helping to prevent costly procedures in the future like having to buy CPAP Masks which we also recommend for your health.

Here’s why:

–> orthodontists can detect even the subtlest problems with your child’s jaw growth and emerging teeth (even when some baby teeth are still present), and take simple, proactive measures that can prevent more serious problems from developing as your child grows.

–> Even if your child’s teeth appear straight, his/her bite could be off, causing problems that are not readily evident.

–> According to Hamilton orthodontics, specialist’s intervention at a young age can result in a much shorter treatment time and less complicated (and expensive) measures later in life.

–> In certain cases, orthodontic treatment at a young age can achieve results that may not be available when the face and jaw has finished growing. That’s because an orthodontist can help:

  • improve the function and alignment of the bite
  • influence jaw growth
  • reduce the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
  • correct harmful oral habits

–> The purpose of early “interceptive” treatment is also to help avoid future extractions of permanent teeth as we can better plan for space while the child is growing and all the permanent teeth have not yet come in.

–> Children with “bucked” teeth can often be socially ostracized. In addition, they are more susceptible to trauma if they fall – and if teeth are traumatized treatment is much more difficult to manage.


That’s right. You have nothing to lose and a beautiful, healthy smile to gain throughout life by bringing your child (up to age 10) in for his or her free orthodontic check up with our compliments. While I recommend a child’s first orthodontic visit at about age 7, some children require even earlier intervention.

Eckstein and Yusupov Orthodontics is proud to serve children and adults of all ages. Schedule your child’s free initial consultation at the office most convenient for you. We have locations in Mill Basin, Brooklyn; Forest Hills and Rosedale, Queens; and Cedarhurst, Long Island.

You’re never too young or old to have a great smile! Because 286 Madison Dental ( is there to help you. They offer patients superior dental care by utilizing state-of-the-art technology in a comfortable and tranquil setting. Unlike many dentists and periodontists, consideration and empathy are of the utmost importance in communicating with their patients.

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