Here at Cochran, Soares and Associates Pediatric Dentistry, you may not find it surprising that we get a myriad of questions about deciduous (baby) teeth, braces and whether or not they can co-exist in the same mouth effectively.

Yes, it is possible for a child to get braces even if they still have some baby teeth. In fact, it is not uncommon for orthodontic treatment to begin while a child still has a mix of baby teeth and permanent teeth. The timing of orthodontic treatment depends on the individual needs of the child and the recommendations of the orthodontist.

We often evaluate a child’s orthodontic needs by examining the development of their teeth, jaw, and bite. If there are issues such as crowding, misalignment, or bite problems, we may recommend braces or other orthodontic appliances to address these issues.

In some cases, we may choose to start treatment early to guide the growth of the jaw and ensure that the permanent teeth come in properly. This early intervention is known as interceptive orthodontic treatment.

It’s important for us to consult with parents to determine the most appropriate time to start orthodontic treatment for their child. We will assess the child’s dental development and provide recommendations based on their individual needs.

So to answer the question of whether or not your child can get braces if they still have baby teeth is, yes. But the question that needs to be asked is not whether or not they can–it’s whether or not they need them to begin with. In order to determine that, you can reach out to us to set up an appointment. We can meet with you and your child, perform an examination and follow-up with a plan for treatment that best suits your child’s individual treatment needs.