Orthodontic procedures are necessary for many children, and it’s best to get it over with early. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening for children by age 7 — at that age, the teeth and jaws are developed enough so that the dentist or orthodontist can diagnose any serious bite problems in the coming years. Younger children also have more malleable skulls than older ones, meaning the whole procedure will be completed much sooner.
Children and parents alike worry about the discomfort involved with orthodontic procedures, and we’ll tell you upfront: The first 24 to 72 hours are usually the most uncomfortable. But as it progresses, the pain subsides. Medicines like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) do wonders to relieve any lingering achiness.