Do you have to have all your baby teeth out to get braces?

Please don't wait until all your baby teeth fall out because chances are you will have missed out on the best time for fixing your bite. These days, the better approach involves two phases of straightening the teeth. I typically refer my younger patients to my orthodontist by age 8. There is no harm in seeing an orthodontist too early but there is a lot of harm in seeing one too late. By age 8, it may be too early for actually having treatment but it's not too early to determine the correct treatment plan over these transitional years of the your changing teeth. This "changing" is the time when the adult teeth are coming in and the baby teeth are falling out at the same time. What your orthodontist will be considering is the growth of your jawbones. For example, is the lower jaw bone keeping up with the upper jaw bone in terms of growth? Often times, one jaw bone will grow faster than the other and early detection and treatment of this situation will lead to a better result than if treated later when all the adult teeth have grown in. When both jawbones are correctly aligned, there is less movement of the teeth needed, which means a shorter treatment time and lower chance of relapse. That is why you have two phases of straightening the teeth. Worst case scenario is that the orthodontist will see you, see that the jawbones are growing in harmony, and he or she will put you on a schedule and call you back at the appropriate time. This will give you peace of mind that you won't miss that optimal window for fixing your bite.

By making sure that the upper and lower jaw bone grow in a balanced way, the second phase of braces a simpler and shorter process with less chance of relapse in the future. Relapse is when the teeth go back to their original crowded position as you grow into an adult. Not a good thing as most parents have their grown up children pay the second time aroubnd!

In other words, phase one of braces allows for the correct amount of space in the mouth for the incoming adult teeth so that when they do come in, they have room to be in the proper position. This makes phase 2 a simpler and shorter process since the upper and lower jawbones are correctly aligned. The way I explain this to my patients is like this: Picture building a rocket and flying to the moon. Mapping out your flight plan in the very beginning will determine whether or not you have a moon to land on. Good phase 1 treatment will determine a successful moon-landing at phase 2 because you will have timed everything properly. Once you launch that rocket, there's no changing the flight plan until you've completed your trip. Determine your flight plan by age 8 or 9 to guarantee a successful moon landing by age 12 or 13.

Do not wait until all your baby teeth have fallen out because you may have missed your launch window.

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It really depends on a lot of things. If you feel your child needs braces, have a consult with an orthodontist. They will know what needs to be done or if the child should wait.

Yes, baby teeth have to be out before you get braces because they will eventually fall and when braces are put in, they put brackets on every tooth and if the baby tooth falls when the braces are on, it's going to hang by the wires.

Depends on the Case

On some people, they might wait for all the baby teeth to fall out, but in others, they don't. When I got my braces on, I still had some baby premolars. They put the braces on, and then a month or two later, pulled those baby teeth and their impacted adult teeth. They did the same thing with one of my siblings and will do the same thing to another one of my siblings.

(an addon by xoJenna18)

I have had my braces on for 3 years 1 month and 16 days and i am getting them off on the 17th of this month! I got my braces on may 1st 3 years ago and i am 14 now and i have not lost all of my teeth.. i still have 4 left. I HAD to get braces because if i didnt i would have overlapping teeth and i hhad to have my 2 baby eye teeth pulled out. So your answer is no you do not need to lose all of your teeth to get braces