Children are recommended to see the orthodontist by age 7. While it may seem early, this age is recommended because it is usually the time their permanent teeth start to come in. And ultimately, it is always best to see an orthodontist sooner, rather than later, as it can be better for your child in the long run. Early orthodontics visits help the orthodontist identify and address potential problems now, as opposed to waiting until they’re teenagers. However, if your child is older, don’t worry--you can still schedule a visit to find out if there are any developmental problems that will require orthodontic treatment.
At Rawle Orthodontics, our team specializes in braces for children and can help guide you and your child throughout the entire process. Creating a healthy smile and bite for your child is extremely important, and we have more options than ever to make it happen. We offer a wide range of braces that can be chosen based on cost, preference, appearance, the level of maintenance, and much more. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that your child receives the best orthodontic treatment to achieve a beautiful, healthy smile.
If you are interested in learning more about braces for kids, feel free to contact our friendly team today to schedule a consultation with our highly skilled orthodontist, Dr. Christopher Rawle.
What Are the Different Types of Braces?
The great news about braces for children today is that they work better and are more comfortable than ever before. Braces are no longer a one-size-fits-all solution. Instead, you have different options to choose from for your child.
Traditional metal braces are known as being the tried and true style of orthodontic treatment. Traditional braces straighten teeth through a system of metal brackets, archwires, and elastic bands. The brackets adhere to the teeth using a special dental glue that keeps them in place. The archwires create a gentle pressure that helps the teeth slide into their correct positions overtime.
Traditional braces do a great job at getting the job done extremely well, especially in cases of severe misalignment. If your child has a more complex case, traditional braces allow great control for straightening teeth. Additionally, traditional braces work fast and very efficiently. Traditional braces are also more cost-effective, which is important for families on a budget.
While the cons of traditional braces are manageable, there are some food restrictions, which means your child should not eat taffy-like candy or gum, as well as hard or uncooked vegetables during treatment. Traditional braces also require the rubber bands to be changed every four-to-six weeks; however, many children actually enjoy this process, as they can switch out the rubber band colors.
Partial braces are a great solution for children who do not need a full set of braces. They allow us to target specific teeth. For example, when your child has straight, but gappy teeth; straight upper teeth, but crooked lower teeth; or one or two teeth with a cross bite, then partial braces may be an ideal solution for your child.
Mini braces work just like traditional braces; however, they are smaller and have less metal. Because they are smaller, they are more comfortable to wear. Just like traditional braces, there are food restrictions and require appointments for rubber band changes.
Self-ligating braces are one of the most advanced systems in the world of orthodontics. This is because they are much like traditional braces; however, elastic, rubber bands, or metal ties are not present because they are not required for the appliance’s effectiveness. Instead, special metal clips are used to hold the archwires to the brackets.
Self-ligating braces also work quickly and efficiently. Additionally, fewer appointments are required for your child, as they do not need to have rubber bands replaced. However, similar to traditional and mini braces, there are still food restrictions for self-ligating braces.
Ceramic braces are an orthodontic treatment that have clear brackets. This system is ideal for individuals who want to reduce the impact that braces have on their appearance, making them less visible than traditional braces.
Although the brackets are less visible, they are larger, which may be uncomfortable for your child’s mouth. Additionally, ceramic braces are more fragile and if your child is not careful, they may break them while playing or chewing.
Invisalign is a very popular alternative to traditional braces, as it allows orthodontists to straighten teeth without the use of metal braces. They are clear aligners that fit over the teeth, and don’t require traditional brackets or wires. The aligners are custom-made to fit each patient's teeth. About every two weeks, the patient throws out the old set of aligners and replaces it with a newer, straighter set. This allows the aligners to gradually move the teeth into straighter positions.
Many people love Invisalign, as they are virtually invisible. They must be removed for brushing, flossing, and eating. Therefore, there are no food restrictions throughout the Invisalign treatment. The aligners are highly durable so your child won’t have to worry about a popped wire or a broken metal piece.
While there are tons of pros to Invisalign, this is not always the top choice that parents choose for children. This is because aligners must be removed and replaced regularly, which means that they require a certain level of maturity and responsibility. The aligners need to be worn for at least 22 hours a day in order for them to take effect. In addition, Invisalign is only recommended for moderate cases. If your child has severely misaligned teeth, traditional braces ultimately work better, more efficiently, and quicker. Lastly, Invisalign tends to be more costly compared to other orthodontic systems.
Schedule a Consultation to Learn More About Braces for Kids
If you are interested in scheduling a consultation, feel free to contact our team today. We are more than happy to provide a comprehensive examination to determine the best route for your child’s orthodontic treatment. Additionally, we will go further into detail of each solution so you and your child feel prepared making a decision. We will take the time to answer all questions from you and your child, making you both more comfortable. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with the best orthodontist for kids!