Fry Orthodontics Blog

What Age Do You Start Braces?

Posted On: August 14, 2018

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children see an orthodontist at 7 years of age.

Though most patients are not ready for treatment at age 7, these early screenings provide useful information for planning, and improve the success and effectiveness of ceramic, metal, and Invisalign orthodontic treatment when the time is right.

There are many benefits to having straight teeth and proper bite alignment, including healthier teeth and gums. Research shows that a beautiful smile improves your self-esteem, enhances the quality of your relationships, and improves your success at school and work. But when is the right time to get braces?

Is There a Perfect Age to Get Braces?

We typically recommend braces when all the baby teeth have been lost and all the permanent teeth (except wisdom teeth) are growing in.

Usually this is around age 11-12 for girls and 12-13 for boys. But braces aren’t just for kids! Adults of all ages wear braces to achieve a healthier smile.

How Long Do You Have to Wear Braces?

The top question from adult patients is, “How long will I have to wear braces?” With an average treatment time of just 16 months, you can achieve your smile goals fast. We’ll help you stay on track with an efficient treatment process and convenient appointments.

Wearing your Invisalign aligners as recommended will help you complete your treatment on time. If you have metal braces, wearing your elastics is also key, as is brushing, flossing, and maintaining good oral care.

The top question from kids about time in braces is, “Will I have to wear braces twice?”

Phase 1 and 2 Braces

You may have heard of two “Phases” of braces. Some orthodontists use an early set of braces to expand the upper jaw and try to make the teeth straighter for young patients. Phase 1 of braces can take place any time between age 7-10. Phase 2 of braces happens once the permanent teeth have grown in.

We treat over 95% of patients without a Phase 1 set of braces. Since 1977, we have treated over 40,000 patients and have found that nearly all orthodontic treatments are successfully completed without an early phase of braces or expanders.

Some reasons we might consider a Phase 1 of braces are crossbites or if a child is experiencing self-esteem issues with their teeth.

How Much Do Braces Cost?

The latest technology has made ceramic braces, metal braces and Invisalign more affordable. At Fry Orthodontics, we now offer braces and Invisalign for the same price. The best way to learn about the cost of braces is to come in for a free exam at any of our Kansas City area orthodontic offices.

We will take any necessary x-rays or digital photographs and perform a thorough examination. We’ll create a unique treatment plan to align with your smile goals, all at no charge to you.

We also offer many payment options including month-to-month, down payments, and more.

Schedule an Appointment

Ready to get started? Get in touch with any of our convenient Kansas City metro locations to schedule your first appointment.