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When is the Right Time To Get Braces?

When is the Right Time to Get Braces?

As children start losing their baby teeth and begin growing permanent, adult teeth, it is not unusual for the teeth to crowd each other. A child’s jaw can take a while to catch up to adult-sized teeth, but working with your dentist, the right time to look into orthodontics can be determined.

Get An Orthodontic Evaluation

It all starts with an initial evaluation. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, an orthodontic evaluation or screening should be done by the time your child is 7 years old.

Dr. Reese or your child’s pediatric dentist will generally know if your child’s teeth might need additional help when he grows up. This is why it is important that early and consistent consultation should be done. An orthodontist is a dentist who has undergone specialized training in aligning and straightening teeth, but some general dentists, such as Dr. Reese, have also had that specialized training and experience and also do orthodontics.

Early diagnosis and corresponding treatment can guide erupting teeth into a more favorable position and preserve space for permanent teeth. This might even decrease the chances of getting braces in the future.

Good orthodontic care helps achieve good oral health.

Does Your Child Need Braces?

Children need braces for either of these reasons:

  • Crooked, overlapping or overcrowded teeth. Braces help correct these conditions.   When Is The Right Time To Get Braces
  • Malocclusion - a discrepancy in the top and bottom jaw sizes. An overbite is when the upper jaw is bigger than the bottom jaw. When it’s reversed, it’s called an underbite.

While it’s true that braces create beautiful smiles, that’s not all they do. Straight and aligned teeth make it easier to chew food, improve confidence, and can even help prevent snoring.

When is the Right Time for Braces?

It varies, but orthodontists and pediatric dentists generally agree to start their patients’ braces between 8 and 14.

Most dentists traditionally begin treatment with dental braces when your child has lost most of his baby teeth and a majority of his permanent teeth especially some of the 12-year molars have grown in. This usually occurs between the ages of 8 and 14.

There are orthodontists who use a dental appliance, not a dental brace, at an earlier age. This is for children who are embarrassed by their crooked teeth or have trouble with their bites. However, it still concludes with dental braces when they are of enough age.

What Do Braces Do to Your Child’s Teeth?

When your child’s orthodontist uses braces to move teeth, a small pressure is exerted over a period of time that stimulates bone cells to reabsorb in the direction of the teeth movement. Once a space is made, the tooth is pushed into that space. Bone then fills the space once occupied by the tooth. This is repeated until the tooth is in the final desired position.

This can actually happen at any age so adults shouldn’t lose hope in correcting their teeth or bite problems. You can wear braces even when you’re 40 years old!

What Kind of Braces Does Your Child Need to Wear?

Braces come in three varieties and you have a choice on what to use. There are metal or ceramic brackets that are glued to teeth and are less noticeable. This is the most popular type of brackets. There is also the lingual type that consists or brackets attached to the back of teeth so it doesn't show. Bands are the traditional type that covers most teeth with metal bands that wrap around them. All of these use wires to move the teeth to the desired position.

Invisalign braces are also a very much welcome option especially for teenagers (and even adults). These are clear plastic “aligners” that are custom fitted over the upper and lower arches of one’s teeth and work like braces – moving teeth into the desired position.

How Long Will Your Child Need to Wear Them?

It would depend on the treatment plan outlined by Dr. Reese or your child’s orthodontist and your compliance. Most patients usually wear full braces between 12 to 30 months with consistent tightening and adjusting of interconnecting wires every few weeks. When patients fail to come in for adjustments on time, treatment is prolonged and delayed.

How Does One Care for Braces?

Having braces put pressure on the teeth so expect your kid to experience slight pain and discomfort once in a while. Cold drinks can help numb the pain, but in general avoid hard foods or anything that requires a lot of chewing when the pain is the worst. Orajel and other painkillers can also help.

Since it’s easier for food to get stuck in those wires, your kid needs to work harder in keeping their teeth clean. Dr. Reese or your orthodontist can provide  a special flosser to use in and around braces.

It is also advisable to tell your child to avoid certain foods like popcorn, hard and sticky candies or gum because they can damage their braces. If there is a loose wire or bracket, bring him to Dr. Reese or their orthodontist right away.

Dr. Reese Does Braces for Children and Adults

Braces are an investment, but the end result is worth it. Investing in your child’s oral and dental health now can help them with their speech, with their confidence, and in all other areas of their life. If you're in the Indianapolis area and are considering getting braces for yourself or for a child, please call Dr. Reese at 317-882-0228.

Indianapolis Invisalign Adventure

What it like to get Invisalign at Indianapolis Dentistry? We asked one of our staff members who recently got clear aligners to share her journey with Invisalign:

Invisalign BracesBeing in dentistry for nearly all of my adult life, I have been extremely self-conscious of my smile. Overall, I don't think it's a terrible smile, but as with anything else, there's definitely room for improvement.

I consulted with Dr. Reese about Invisalign for me mainly because of the crowding of my lower teeth. I knew that Dr. Reese would be able to help me achieve the "perfect" desired smile!!

OK, so today's the day I've been waiting for! The highly anticipated arrival of my aligners! I am extremely excited, but why do I feel so nervous?! When I think about wearing them, it's one thing, but actually wearing them is another. I wonder how my speech is going to be and how much people will notice that I am wearing them. Will it hurt?! As I sat in the chair with Dr. Reese and Brandon, his assistant, I felt nervous. I have to say that I give credit to all of the younger kiddos who come in daily for their ortho and are braver than me!!

The delivery of the trays was quick and easy. I have 16 buttons (attachments) total on my teeth that are virtually unnoticeable...unless of course, I point them out. Dr. Reese and Brandon went over instructions with me...seems simple enough. You have to wear the aligners 22 hours a day-take them out only to eat and brush-No eating or drinking with exception to clear liquids. I can do this!

The first hour after receiving my trays felt weird. My speech was pretty good, slight slurage with my "s" sounds, but overall, OK! Alright, to be honest, I think I still struggle with my "s" sounds, but I think I notice it more than anyone else does.

Later on, I started to feel a little sore- nothing major, just slight discomfort. I assured myself that this was normal. It's like going to the gym, if you don't feel a little pressure, did you really go? Is it working?! I know that a little bit of pressure was expected, but by morning I couldn't even feel them anymore. It's actually more comfortable for me to wear my aligners than not to wear them at this time.

One great thing is that people truly do not notice them unless I point them out! HUGE BONUS for me!! Being that I am overly self-conscious and work in dentistry, that was a major plus for me!!

Currently, I am on my second set of aligners; one step closer to a perfect smile!

I have to say that these were really tight! It's an exciting feeling! I know they are working, and guess what?! My speech is gradually improving!! I eagerly await my next set of trays and look forward to sharing my personal experience and photos as we go!!

Kids and Orthodontics

Did you know that utilizing orthodontic treatment (braces and invisalign) while your child is still growing may produce the most efficient results? We've found that seven years old is optimal for an orthodontic evaluation. At seven, children have the prime mix of adult and baby teeth allowing Indianapolis Dentistry's Dr. Ted Reese to easily spot any potential problems with your child's emerging teeth and jaw growth.

Why should you consider braces or invisalign for you child? 

There are numerous physical and emotional benefits to correcting your child's teeth at a young age. Crooked and crowded teeth are difficult to maintain and clean, which may lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and even tooth loss. Emotionally, a child's teeth can greatly affect his or her self esteem. By correcting their smile, you will give them the boost of confidence they need during an already difficult adolescent period. Furthermore, when utilized at a younger age, the social impacts of braces and invisalign on your child will be minimized!

Today's braces can be as discrete, or overt, as your child desires! We offer both traditional, metal braces and non-metal, ceramic braces. Both accomplish the same goal of improving your smile through controlled alignment over time, but the ceramic braces are tooth colored and (other than the wire) contain no metal. We also offer a multitude of colored bands to choose from and for children (or kids at heart) we offer Wild Smiles Brackets to make the braces experience a little more fun!

Invisalign is also a great, cost effective option for children anxious about the aesthetic and social implications of traditional braces.

No need to make multiple, inefficient trips visiting your family dentist, getting a referral, AND finding an orthodontist. At Indianapolis Dentistry, we do it ALL in office! Dr. Ted Reese utilizes holistic (whole-body) dentistry techniques in order to offer Indianapolis premier orthodontic treatment, in-office, at his dental surgery center just north of Greenwood, Indiana.

Call or visit our website for fast and easy appointment scheduling and ask about our consultation and insurance options!

Orthodontics Before or After Dental Implant?

Should I get Invisalign or braces before or after a dental implant? Typically, all permanent work including crowns, veneers, implants are done after orthodontic treatment. It's important to remember that dental implants are permanent and they don't move around once they are placed. It's recommended to get all orthodontics finished before doing an implant because once the implant is in, it can't be moved. Orthodontic treatment from braces or Invisalign by their very nature cause teeth to move so this process is best done before dental implants occur. Once your orthodontic treatment is finished, a dental implant can be placed.

If you're wondering which is better, Invisalign or braces, read our review of Invisalign vs. braces.

Dr. Reese will review the specific needs and concerns of each patient before recommending a specific course of action. At Indianapolis Dentistry, Dr. Reese has treated patients of all ages with braces or other modalities of orthodontic care such as Invisalign. Having treated orthodontic needs for over 25 years, Dr. Reese is experienced in all aspects of orthodontics and aims to bring about a beautiful smile that will be an asset for a lifetime. Dr. Reese believes orthodontic care is an investment in your future, not just an improvement in your current self esteem. The benefits of an attractive, welcoming smile are an asset that will be appreciated and enjoyed your whole life.

Read more about Dr. Reese or call our office for an initial appointment at 317-882-0228.

Indianapolis Dentistry Vs. Chain Dental Practices

Wondering about how Indianapolis Dentistry stacks up against the competition? Here's a quick comparison of our family-owned and operated dental practice against other "chain" dental practices:



Open Monday: 8am - 5pm; Tuesday: 7am - 5pm; Wednesday: 8am - 5pm; Thursday: 12pm - 7pm; Friday: 9am - 5pm Open 7 days a week from 9 - 9pm
Emergencies Accepted! No Appointment Necessary
We file ALL Insurances and Care Credit is Available!   File “most” forms of insurance
1 hour Visit w/ Appointment; Usually NO second visit necessary Potential for Extensive Wait TimesLikely Necessitates Specialist Attention and an Appointment Elsewhere
IV Sedation Therapy Eases Stress and Allows You to Sleep Through Your Appointment with NO Downtime  
Spa-Like Office Amenities; Serving Keurig Coffee

Not only does Indianapolis Dentistry offer Emergency Dental Treatment and an identical service list, but at Indianapolis Dentistry we also offer:

- Laser Dentistry

- Oral Surgery

- IV Sedation Dentistry 

- Veneers

- TJM Care

- BruxGuards (made in-house)

- Invisilign and Braces

- Dental Implants for ALL Ages

- Relaxing Dental Spa Environment

- Free Keurig Coffee, TV, Internet, and Magazines/Newspaper So You Can Relax or Stay Up-to-Date  

Indianapolis Dentistry is unequivocally your ONE STOP dental office for everything from a pampered routine cleaning to more advanced surgical procedures.

Why spend the time visiting two or more dental offices when you can simply call Indianapolis Dentistry?

Indianapolis Dentistry’s prices are competitive with, if not lower than, impersonal, chain dental facilities, and by supporting ID you are supporting family run small businesses everywhere.

Come checkout a thriving dental practice owned and run by Dr. Ted ReeseIndiana’s most prominent and decorated dentists.

We look forward to meeting you!

(Serving Indianapolis, Greenwood, Franklin, Whiteland, Trafalgar, Mooresville, Martinsville, and Southport)

The Advantages of Orthodontics

Did you know that your smile is the first thing most people notice and remember about you? At Indianapolis Center of Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Reese successfully utilizes orthodontics – namely braces and INVISALIGN – to straighten and perfect your pearly whites. Below are dramatic before and after photographs of one of Dr. Reese’s customized orthodontic treatments resulting in this patient’s flawless, healthy smile.

Before Braces

Before Braces

After Braces

After Braces


However, orthodontic treatment means more than simply beautiful teeth. There are numerous added benefits to braces and Invisalign:

  • Teeth are easier to brush and floss resulting in less prone to decay and disease such as gingivitis, recession, and gum disease
  • Properly aligned teeth and jaws may alleviate or prevent physical health problems
  • Misaligned teeth may produce uncharacteristic wear on tooth surfaces and chronic headaches resulting in face, neck, or jaw pain
  • Improved TMJ health
  • Protrusion of the teeth will leave the front teeth unprotected and make them more susceptible to chipping, breaking and possibly avulsion (knocking your teeth out) with mouth trauma
  • Increased self-esteem - You’re never too young to improve your life, teeth, and smile!
  • Lowers overall dental care costs for a lifetime

Even though orthodontic treatment is considered to be an elective procedure, the up front cost is minimal in comparison to the future physical, mental, social and economic benefits of the procedure! Few expenditures (new clothes, vacations, vehicles, etc.) offer such a sizable and longstanding return on your initial investment.

Bottom-line: Consider orthodontics as an indispensable part of your dental health!

Traditional Braces Vs. Invisalign

Do you need some sort of orthodontic procedure? Are you unsure of whether to get traditional braces or Invisalign? Braces featured on the left-hand side figure with Invisalign shown on the right-hand side.

At the Indianapolis Center of Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Reese advises most of his patients to get braces. While Invisalign certainly has it's appealing assets, braces will get the job done better.

Braces are portrayed as having several inconveniences when it comes to eating. However, Invisalign has just as many. After a meal, a person with braces will only have to brush their teeth like they normally would in the morning or evening to remove any trapped food particles and typically, people can usually get by without brushing their teeth and braces after a meal. However, in most scenarios, a person with Invisalign has to remove their trays to eat or drink anything except water. Because of this, patients can end up in misplacing or even losing the trays. With braces, the wearer does not have to worry about that.

The most important component of the question however is which method will provide a better outcome. Dr. Reese has been noted saying that traditional braces produce a straighter and better smile than Invisalign. While invisalign is able to straighten teeth out, they can only do so in minor situations. For a serious case as well as minor ones, braces will provide the best looking teeth. Please contact our office located just north of Greenwood, Indiana in Southport if you have further questions concerning your decision between braces or Invisalign.