Braces FAQ for Kids
Am I the right age to get braces?
The standard recommendation by The American Association and Orthodontists is that children see an orthodontist at the age of 7. This way, an orthodontist can determine if braces are needed, if at all. While many children between the ages of 11 and 15 have braces, the right window of time for your orthodontic treatment may be different than your peers.
Can I still play sports with braces? Can I play an instrument?
Of course! We love seeing kids enjoy their favorite hobbies with braces—this includes playing sports and musical instruments. However, to protect your mouth and your appliances, make sure to wear a mouthguard.
Are there foods I can’t eat with braces?
While you can eat many foods with braces, there are some foods that can damage your teeth and/or appliances. Foods to avoid include ice, chewing gum, hard candies, and nuts. Our No-No food list includes many examples, but it is important to remember that the list is not inclusive. If you are in doubt, it is best to avoid any foods that you think may stick to or damage your braces.
My new permanent teeth are crooked; won’t they straighten out on their own as they grow in?
Your permanent teeth are bigger than your primary (baby) teeth, which means that space is limited for them to grow in. If your teeth are coming in crooked, they may get crowded—and even more crooked—as the rest of your permanent teeth come in. Thankfully, orthodontic treatment can address and correct these issues.
How long will I have braces?
When you come to Village Orthodontics for your consultation appointment, Dr. Jeff will perform a complete oral evaluation and create a treatment plan to straighten your smile and improve your oral health. Keep in mind that your condition is unique to you—this includes treatment time. On average, most kids can expect their treatment to last close to 2 years. However, following all directions, wearing your appliances, and staying on top of your appointments may decrease your treatment time.
How often will I need to come in for appointments while I have braces?
On average, expect to see us every 6 to 8 weeks so we can see how your treatment is progressing and make adjustments as needed.
Do braces hurt?
Sometimes braces can cause discomfort right after getting them or after an adjustment in our office, but only for a day or so. You can relieve the discomfort by swishing some salted water or ask your parents for medication like Advil or Tylenol. Most of the time, braces are comfortable to wear—many patients forget they even have braces on!
How does brushing my teeth work when I have braces?
Brushing and flossing is an important part of keeping your mouth healthy—especially with braces. The team at Village Orthodontics will show you how to brush and floss when your braces go on. It takes a little getting used to at first, but after a few times, it becomes easier to do. We recommend brushing at least 3 times a day, along with daily flossing.
Can I go to school the day I receive my braces?
Yes, you can! Right after you get your braces on, you can go to school and tell all of your friends about your experience.
Can I get invisible braces or Invisalign?
Invisalign and Invisalign Teen works as a series of removable clear aligners and can be used in orthodontic treatment for children, teens, and adults. Just let us know you’re interested—we would love to tell you all about it!
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