At what age should kids get braces?

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By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist

GILBERT, Ariz. -- The average age that orthodontic treatment usually takes place is between 9 and 14, according to the American Association of Orthodontists.

However, some children get them as young as 6 years old.

"There are reasons to start orthodontic treatment at a young age such as a cross bite or jaw size discrepancy," Doctor Justin Philipp, a family dentist, said. "For most people it's best to wait for all of their teeth to come in which is usually 12 or 13."

Braces too early can cause problems, according to orthodontists.

Most treatments last about two years and can cost anywhere from three to five thousand dollars.

"The shorter amount of time the braces can be on the better," Dr. Phillipp said.