Can my child get braces even if he/she still has baby teeth?

Can my child get braces even if he/she still has baby teeth?
Posted on 11/14/2017

We can’t do a full, final correction of your tooth straightness & bite until all the adult teeth are in.

HOWEVER, there are many reasons that we would put braces on while there are still baby teeth present. We may need to correct early problems like:

  • Severe crowding
  • Bite issues that can lead to abnormal growth of the face & jaws
  • Bite issues that can cause damage the gum tissue & bones
  • Move “trouble maker” teeth away from damaging other teeth (like an impacted canine tooth)

Normally, when we put braces on and you still have baby teeth, the length of treatment is short – we aim for no more than year and hopefully closer to six months. We then take off the braces and wait for eruption of all your adult teeth. Once all the adult teeth are in, we will see if we need further treatment for straightness or bite correction at that time.

We’d like to see all patients around age 7 for a check in. Many don’t need treatment at that time, but early identification of problems is the best way to come up with a good plan and prevent future damage. Give us a call at (707) 938 – 5255 to schedule your consultation today!