The duration in which your child will need to wear braces depends on the problems the orthodontist is trying to fix as well as the severity, but the average is about 2 years.
What foods should my child avoid when they have braces?
With traditional braces, there are many foods your child should avoid, such as:
Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, licorice
Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice
>Sticky foods: caramels, gum, taffy
Hard foods: nuts, hard pretzels
Sugary food: candy
Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots
What age should kids get braces?
Traditionally, treatment for dental braces begins when a child has lost most of his or her baby baby teeth, and a majority of the permanent teeth have grown in, which is usually between the ages of 8 and 14.
How can I tell if my child needs braces?
An orthodontist will be able to determine if your child needs braces, but here are some other signs to look out for:
Early, late, or irregular loss of baby teeth
Difficulty chewing or biting
Excessive thumb or finger sucking
Crowded, misplaced, or blocked-out teeth
Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude, or are recessed
Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all
Jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face