3 Types of Braces: Which One is Right for Your Child?
When your child is ready for orthodontic treatment, there are a variety of options available. Your child’s orthodontist will be able to recommend the type of braces and treatment plan that is best for your child’s situation, but it’s important to know the other choices as well. There are 3 main types of braces: traditional metal braces, ceramic clear braces, and Invisalign invisible aligners.
Types of Braces: Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces are likely what you think of when it comes to braces. These are the most common type of braces. With this type of braces, a metal bracket is glued to the tooth and an archwire runs from molar to molar through the brackets and is then held in place with elastics. Colored elastics allow children to personalize their smile and make the appointments more fun. This type of braces is often recommended to fix major orthodontia issues and is usually cheaper than other teeth straightening options. Traditional metal braces have become more comfortable and attractive than they were in the past.
Types of Braces: Clear Braces
Ceramic clear braces are often an option for older teens or adults that are more self-conscious about their smiles. These braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less obvious to others. However, these braces are larger and more brittle than traditional metal braces, so they require extra attention. Clear braces tend to be used more on front upper teeth than on lower teeth. You will still require regular appointments with the orthodontist to tighten the braces, just as you would with traditional metal braces. Clear braces are also more prone to staining so you should stay away from coffee and other food and drink that are known to cause staining.
Types of Braces: Invisalign
For patients that only have minor alignment issues, we may recommend Invisalign invisible aligners. Invisalign is a series of removable, clear aligners that gradually make minor changes to the alignment of your teeth. Every 2 weeks you will begin a new set of aligners to gradually shift the alignment of your teeth. You will wear these all day and night except for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. The benefit of these is that you can take them out while eating or drinking so you don’t have to limit the foods and drinks you consume, plus it’s easier to brush and floss with Invisalign. You will still need to visit the orthodontist regularly and this treatment plan takes about the same amount of time as traditional metal braces, typically 12-18 months.
Regardless of the type of braces used, you and your child will enjoy your appointments at FUNtastic Pediatric Dental. We provide a kid-friendly atmosphere for our patients and hassle-free payment options for parents. If your child is ready to begin orthodontic treatment, contact FUNtastic Pediatric Dental to make an orthodontist appointment. Our orthodontist will be able to assess your child’s teeth and provide the best course of action for attaining a smile they’ll be proud to show off for the rest of their life.