Is My Child Too Young to Start Braces?

As a parent, are you concerned about your child’s teeth or smile? Having a great smile and healthy teeth is part of your child’s development. If you notice your child’s smile is not the best it could be because of too much space between teeth, overcrowding, or an awkward bite, reserve time for an orthodontics evaluation. 

It’s best to schedule your child for an orthodontics evaluation by age 7. At this age, your child’s jaw and teeth are still developing, making it an ideal time to address issues so that they are fixed by the time full development has taken place. 

At Lansdowne Orthodontics, you can have confidence in Dr. Hukmanis extensive training and experience fitting both children and adults with the orthodontics that meet each person’s specific needs.  Dr. Hukmani is a Board Certified orthodontist which  represents his personal and public commitment to the highest standards of specialty practice and lifelong learning

When should my child start braces?

The ideal time for your child to start orthodontic treatment depends on the type of issues that we need to address. If you’re concerned about your child’s breathing, chewing and biting, or jaw alignment, you don’t have to wait until age 7 for an evaluation. You can discuss your concerns with Dr. Hukmani as soon as you notice these issues.

Most children, though, start orthodontic treatment after some or most of their adult teeth have come in but the rest of their jaws and body are still developing, which is usually between ages 8 and 14. 

What types of braces are right for my child?

Your child’s friends may have braces. Your child has seen friends or siblings with them, so they’re already accustomed to the look and concept. Others may have reservations at the thought of the feel of brackets, bands, and wires in their mouths. Fortunately, there are several different types of orthodontics available. 

Dr. Hukmani performs a thorough evaluation to determine if and when your child is ready for braces, and then he recommends the best orthodontic option. The most common ones include:

Traditional metal braces

These are the most common types of braces. They consist of metal brackets, wires, and elastics, which come in many different fun colors. Dr. Hukmani tightens the wires up a little bit at each visit to help straighten your child’s teeth over time.

Clear braces

Clear ceramic braces are like traditional braces but are less noticeable because they’re made from clear materials. For children, teenagers, and adults who are more self-conscious about braces, clear braces may be the best option to straighten their teeth.


Invisalign is a system that uses a series of removable clear plastic aligners. Every few weeks, your child receives a new set of aligners that help gently reposition their teeth. Invisalign is especially popular among older teens and adults. 

Is your child ready for an orthodontics evaluation? Call us at Lansdowne Orthodontics to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hukmani. We have offices in Leesburg and South Riding, Virginia.

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