Like any other child, young actors may have crooked teeth and need to seek orthodontic treatment. Braces can have an effect on a child's show business career, so it's important that parents explore all options.
When should we begin?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children be evaluated by an orthodontist before the age of 7 and have their initial treatment between the ages of 9 and 14. If your child is already auditioning and working regularly at a young age, you may want to consult with your orthodontist about postponing treatment. It may be an acceptable option depending on the severity of your child's misalignment and the likelihood that their condition would worsen.
Can I get them removed for an important job?
Removal of braces before the end of treatment is not recommended. The teeth may not yet be aligned, and if you do choose to reapply the braces at a later date, this will result in added costs and an extension of the treatment.
Where can my child work with braces?
In a column on Backstage.com, New York City acting coach Denise Simon had this to say about actors with braces: "Occasionally, children with braces are needed for an on-camera television commercial. More often than not, however, braces will be a deterrent. Voiceover work on the other hand is not a problem for a child with braces. […] Depending on the time period and role type, there may also be some film and TV roles that will work for a child with braces."
If the idea if braces upsets you or your child actor, remember that they're only temporary. The final outcome will be a beautiful smile and expanded career options. If you're interested in learning more about discreet orthodontic options like invisible braces for your child actor, contact a New York City orthodontist today.