4 Types of Braces For Children and Teens

pediatric dentistry

A perfect smile is incredibly essential, but not everyone is born with one. Some children have misaligned teeth, while others have discolored yellow teeth.

In today’s modern age of pediatric dentistry, a perfect smile can be crafted. A dentist for children would recommend braces to ensure all your child’s teeth are in the correct position. Orthodontic treatment can be easier and sometimes, less costly, if corrected at a young age.

There are many different types of braces in the market for children and teens. If you’re considering orthodontic treatment for your child or teen, you have several options.

1. Metal Braces

These are also called traditional braces since they have been used for quite a while now. They are made from (as you might have guessed) metal. They are the most common types of braces and are therefore the first type most people think of when they picture orthodontics.

They have two main components: the metal bracket, which is fastened to the teeth, and the flexible wire that keeps the bracket in place. They apply pressure on your child’s teeth and slowly move them into their correct positions.

Metal braces are the least expensive type of braces. In the past, metal braces were invasive. But with recent advancements in tech, they are smaller, less uncomfortable, and less conspicuous!

2. Lingual Braces

Although they are quite similar to traditional metal braces, a marked difference is that the brackets and metal wires are attached to the inside of your teeth. This makes them much less conspicuous than metal braces, but they’re also less common. This is because they can be more difficult to clean and take care of.

3. Ceramic (Clear) Braces

Ceramic braces are designed in a similar way to metal braces, but they have a ceramic bracket instead of a metallic one. These ceramic brackets are held in place using metal wire. These brackets are typically transparent colored or come in the color of your child’s teeth.

This makes them blend right into your child’s mouth, making it less evident that they’re undergoing orthodontic treatment. However, these braces are much larger and more fragile than traditional metal braces; this may be a weighty responsibility on your child. They can also become discolored if not cleaned properly.

4. Clear Aligners

Clear aligners, or Invisalign, are plastic trays that are designed to look “invisible” while in a patient’s mouth. They are fairly common and gaining popularity, particularly among teenagers. However, they can also be used by adults seeking orthodontic treatment.

Clear aligners are made BPA-free plastic. Before starting with Invisalign aligner treatment, an orthodontist takes a 3D scan of your teen’s mouth. Using this scan, custom made aligners are made for you, fitting your mouth snugly and comfortably.

Invisalign is perfect for older kids because the aligners can be taken out. This will give your teenager room to eat and care for their teeth without complication. Since they are made to fit each patient’s mouth, they are incredibly comfortable, for the most part. Since they are made from plastic, your teen doesn’t have to worry about cuts and scrapes inside their cheeks or about injured gums. Best of all, their peers will probably never know your teenager has them. Clear aligners also require fewer dentist consultations, thus will least invade your family’s busy schedule.

Dentistry and a Happier Life

As a pediatric dental and orthodontic practice, we are concerned with the connection between dentistry and a happier, more fulfilled life for each patient. We strive to inspire optimal oral hygiene in each of our patients so they can have a smile they’re proud to share with the world.

Psychologists suggest that a brilliant smile markedly enhances someone’s confidence, and even has a positive impact on their self-esteem. If your child has misaligned teeth, give us a call today! We’d be happy to help them feel like a Showstopper!