These days, it’s common for 2nd graders who are around 7 and 8 years old to undergo orthodontic treatment. If your child is in 2nd grade and has a jaw problem such as an underbite or overbite, braces early on may stop their teeth from shifting.

If their teeth are crowded, braces may prevent them from settling permanently in the wrong position. 2nd graders with braces typically require shorter orthodontic treatment times than children in middle or high school.

The other day, one parent visited our office with her 2nd grader and asked us whether her daughter should get braces for just their front teeth. We explained to her that this is not a good idea because your child’s smile isn’t only dependent on the position of their teeth. Their bite is a complex relationship that also involves their jaws.

Braces on just the front teeth may worsen your child’s bite and cause their front teeth to touch too hard and make them more prone to chipping or breaking down. While only applying braces to a child’s front teeth may make their teeth appear straighter, their bite will be off.

Although braces on just your child’s front teeth may seem like the easier, more affordable option, it can actually lead to more orthodontic problems and end up costing you more money on the road. That’s why, we recommend braces on both the front and bottom teeth right off the bat.

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For more information on why children cannot get braces on just their front teeth, call our office today at 703-348-2813.