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The Perfect Age to Get Braces

Folks with orthodontic problems in Sacramento, CA can benefit from treatment by a professional orthodontist at any age. Your teeth are unique, just like you. American River Orthodontics in Sacramento, CA can evaluate your oral health care needs and provide you with the best orthodontic care available. Whether you are 7 years old or 50 years old, braces can help straighten and beautify your smile. After an initial consultation and assessment of your teeth and gums, Dr. Michael Payne will be able to discuss with you if braces are right for you.

When Is The Right Time For Braces?

While patients at any age can benefit from orthodontic treatment, there are a few specific ages where treatment is optimal, like after the last baby tooth has fallen out and all of the adult teeth have grown in.

By the age of 7 years old, children should see an orthodontist and get an evaluation to address any possible issues. From the ages of 8 years old to 14 years old, children’s head and mouth are still growing, which makes this a good time in life to correct any orthodontic issues.

Even after age 14, you can still benefit from an orthodontic consultation and treatment from American River Orthodontics.

How long will I need to have my braces?

The question that Dr. Payne is asked most often by prospective clients needing braces is, “How long do I need to wear braces?” (It depends on the individual patient’s case and their specific treatment). Most patients experience orthodontic treatments over a period of 18 to 30 months. A consultation with the team at American River Orthodontics is the best indicator of how long your specific treatment may last.

Orthodontic treatment or braces can cause minor pain and sensitivity for a patient. It is important that parents explain to their children under age 18 what they may experience before, during, and after their braces are put on. Although wearing braces can be uncomfortable at first, they will get used to wearing them and their braces will become easier to wear over time.

If a patient participates in a sport that requires a mouthguard, or plays a musical instrument, make sure to speak with Dr. Payne about playing while undergoing orthodontic treatment. You will learn quickly how to engage in your favorite activities with your braces.

Whether you are 7 years old with crooked teeth or 50 years old with an overbite, Dr. Michael Payne can administer the appropriate treatment for your specific needs and age group. For more information or to schedule an appointment with American River Orthodontics in Sacramento, CA, visit our office or call us at: (916) 486-4233.