When it comes to your kids' teeth, you shouldn't have to settle. Whether they need braces to fix a misaligned bite or want to feel more confident about smiling, braces can drastically increase their quality of life.
Braces Are for Everyone
Orthodontics for kids and teens has grown more efficient and low-impact than ever before. Here's how braces can help kids of all ages:
- Early Childhood – Did you know that children as young as seven or eight may be good candidates for braces? Orthodontic treatment at an early age prevents more serious, costly treatments later and can shorten the time braces are worn in the teen years. Phase I treatment is for children whose oral issues are already severe or whose conditions may worsen if not treated early.
- Pre-teens and teens – If early orthodontic treatment isn't warranted, ages 11 and 16 are the perfect window to begin braces. Kids still have malleable jaws at this age, making treatment for a bite or jaw misalignment easier. Once kids' permanent teeth have finished erupting, they can begin phase II orthodontic treatment.
Problems Braces Can Fix
Everyone knows that braces can straighten crooked teeth or bring gapped teeth closer together. Here are a few more problems braces can fix:
- Protruding teeth that may become chipped
- Overcrowded teeth could lead to crooked teeth or decay
- Malocclusions, such as crossbite, overbite, and underbite can contribute to digestive problems
- Misaligned jaws, which can lead to TMJ and worn teeth
- Difficulty with chewing or speaking
Types of Braces
The days of having only one choice for orthodontic care are over. Instead, treatments suit every age, lifestyle, and problem. Here's a look at treatments for common issues:
- Metal braces are made of stainless steel and are often used for children and teens. Metal braces are much smaller than they used to be, and kids can choose different colors for the wires.
- Ceramic and cosmetic braces are often the choice if you don't want the distraction of obvious orthodontic work. These "invisible" braces can be made of tooth-colored ceramic or can even be placed behind the teeth to hide them entirely.
- Clear aligners are popular with older teens and are also "invisible." The removable plastic trays allow you to eat without worry and keep your dental hygiene spotless.
Braces Restore Confidence
There's no denying the power of having confidence in your appearance. When you're confident about your teeth, you're more likely to smile, laugh, and speak with ease. Braces can boost the self-confidence of children and teens for a lifetime of smiles!
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Find out if your child is a good candidate for braces by scheduling an appointment with our dental office. We're happy to review the treatment options and help get started with braces!