When Should My Child See An Orthodontist?

Your dentist can tell you when to seek evaluation from an orthodontist. The American Association of Orthodontists and the American Dental Association recommend all kids be evaluated for orthodontics by age 7. By this age, the orthodontist can detect subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth. Most kids begin active treatment between the ages of 9 and 14. Orthodontists recommend that children receive an evaluation while they are still growing. Once they stop growing, treatment may take longer; require more extensive work and possibly surgery.

Do Braces Hurt?

“Hurt” may be too strong of a word. Your child may have some discomfort a couple of days after the braces are placed, when they are adjusted, or when you start using a new appliance, such as rubber bands or a headgear. Any pain or discomfort can be relieved by taking ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol). Also, if the wire, brackets, or bands irritate your child’s mouth, your orthodontist can provide special wax to cover the sharp areas on the braces.

How Much Do Braces Typically Cost?

The cost varies depending on the extent of work being done, the type of braces being used, and where you live. But you should expect to pay between $2,000 and $8,000. Most orthodontists provide different payment plans and will allow you to make payments over the course of treatment without charging interest. Some may take insurance. Ask about all treatment fees and payment plans offered.