How long does the average child wear braces?

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
  • Mouth breathing
  • 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

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