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What is the youngest age a child can get braces?

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There is no set age when children need orthodontics. It depends on a child's individual needs. For example, kids with cleft palates get orthodontic appliances before their first teeth come in.

Other kids may benefit from starting treatment as early as age 6 or 7, even if they still have some baby teeth. The goal of early treatment is to prevent further problems later on.

Most kids who need early orthodontics will still need braces or additional work later, but it may be significantly less.

From: Children and Orthodontics WebMD Medical Reference

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American Dental Association web site: "Braces and Orthodontics."

American Association of Orthodontists web site: "Myths and Facts;" "All About Orthodontics;" "Elastics;" "Keeping Your Smile Beautiful After Orthodontic Treatment;" "Getting into Gear: Orthodontic Headgear;" "Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs) for Predictable Tooth Movement;" "Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment;" and "When to See an Orthodontist."

Nemours Foundation web site: "Why do people need braces?" and "Affording Braces."

Aetna web site: "Orthodontics Braces and More."

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry web site: "Orthodontics and Clear Aligners."

Leon Aronson, DDS, MS, adjunct professor of orthodontics, Medical College of Georgia; Center for Advanced Dental Education, Saint Louis University; vice president, International College of Dentists.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on August 23, 2018

SOURCES:

American Dental Association web site: "Braces and Orthodontics."

American Association of Orthodontists web site: "Myths and Facts;" "All About Orthodontics;" "Elastics;" "Keeping Your Smile Beautiful After Orthodontic Treatment;" "Getting into Gear: Orthodontic Headgear;" "Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs) for Predictable Tooth Movement;" "Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment;" and "When to See an Orthodontist."

Nemours Foundation web site: "Why do people need braces?" and "Affording Braces."

Aetna web site: "Orthodontics Braces and More."

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry web site: "Orthodontics and Clear Aligners."

Leon Aronson, DDS, MS, adjunct professor of orthodontics, Medical College of Georgia; Center for Advanced Dental Education, Saint Louis University; vice president, International College of Dentists.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on August 23, 2018

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