At Romani Orthodontics, we are proud to serve patients from seven to 77, and we believe that we can deliver the perfect treatment for you at any age. While some may think teenagers are the best candidate for braces, children who are eligible for orthodontic care can have great success when they start their corrective treatment early. We know that the right treatment can transform lives, and we are excited to set the tone for your child’s journey to a great smile. Of course, not every child needs braces right away, and our team will always be direct and honest with you about the necessary next steps so they can have the best long-term results. 

When Should My Child Get Braces?

Typically, we suggest your child comes in for their first check-up appointment around age seven. The earlier we see them, the sooner we can identify small issues that may grow with time and determine a treatment plan for problems that need to be corrected sooner rather than later. Braces can be a highly effective treatment option for children because their teeth are easier to shift into the correct position, so they can often complete the process more easily and efficiently than waiting for later adult tooth movement.

While it can be helpful to start treatment early, not every child needs early interceptive treatment at a young age. Many patients who have an early screening visit at age 7 are placed into our Observation Program, where Dr. Romani can monitor facial growth and tooth eruption until the patient is ready to begin treatment, sometimes years later.

To figure out the best time for your child to start wearing braces, we suggest you take advantage of our complimentary first visit, and we will guide you through the beginning stages of their orthodontic journey.

How Do I Know If My Child Needs to See an Orthodontist?

There are many reasons why your child may need to visit our offices, such as overcrowding, underbite, overbite, and more. These problems can develop early on and may need to be addressed so they don’t worsen with time. There is a common misconception that you need a dentist referral to see an orthodontist for the first time, but we welcome your calls and questions about corrective treatment. You spend the most time looking at your child’s teeth and are aware of certain issues that your general dentist may not be aware of, so we want to feel empowered to take the first step and reach out to our office directly. 

There’s no need to worry about missing the signs, however, because there are many cases where a dentist will catch problems early on and suggest that you seek orthodontic care. It’s important to remember that corrective treatment goes beyond creating an aesthetically pleasing smile. Getting braces can be critical to improving your child’s oral health and can help them reach every corner of their mouth during their daily dental hygiene routine. Our team is family-oriented and has a passion for creating a comfortable space for your child to receive treatment, and many of our younger patients look forward to their next appointment with Dr. Romani. 

What to Expect When Getting Braces for Children?

If you and Dr. Romani decide that your child would benefit from braces after assessing their needs, you can expect a smooth process that will lead your child to a future of beautiful smiles. There are a variety of braces available for your child, and you can decide which option will work best for their current stage of life. There are a few things children will have to adjust to after they get their appliances put on, but they are typically very receptive to this change and quickly get used to their new reality.

In order to honor your investment of time and money, it’s important that your child removes certain foods from their diet during their treatment. We suggest they avoid foods that are hard, sticky, or chewy, so they don’t risk damage to their wires or brackets. No one likes poking wires and broken brackets, so avoid the headache by sticking to softer foods that are easier to chew.

Another adjustment they will have to get used to is additional care during their dental hygiene routine. They should continue to brush their teeth twice a day and floss frequently, but it can be more difficult for younger patients to maneuver around brackets. If food particles are left in place, harmful bacteria can grow and damage their teeth and delay treatment. While your child is getting used to brushing with braces, you may want to help them reach the hidden spaces to keep their smiles bright and clean.

The Cost of Braces

The cost of braces varies from patient to patient, depending on the extent of your child’s orthodontic needs and the complexity of the case. No two processes are alike, and we custom tailor treatment plans that are designed to best achieve your child’s desired results. Our office will always strive to offer the best care available, and in pursuit of this goal, we want great smiles to be accessible for all of our community. We provide flexible financing plans to help you cover the cost of treatment and will work diligently with your insurance provider to help your child experience a perfect smile.