Children’s Braces Phase II: Definitive Treatment and What to Expect
If your child’s orthodontist has recommended definitive treatment using braces (also referred to as Phase II), you probably have a lot of questions about what that means, and about what you and your child can expect over the coming months and years. In this blog post, we’ll break down what you need to know about children’s braces so you can face Phase II with confidence.
When Does Phase II Begin?
Children are typically between the ages of 10 and 12 when Phase II begins, although keep in mind that there is not an age limit for deciding to improve your smile (or your child’s smile) with braces. There should only be a few remaining baby teeth when beginning Phase II.
What Does Phase II Involve?
As discussed in a previous blog post, Phase I involves non-braces treatment. In Phase II, children’s braces will be used to align teeth for a proper bite, and to give your child a more confident smile.
What Kind of Braces are Used?
At FUNtastic Pediatric Dental and Orthodontics, we use three different types of children’s braces. Each option comes with its own pros and cons:
- Invisalign Aligners – As the name suggests, Invisalign aligners are designed to be invisible, offering a lower-profile option for patients. They are a favorite choice for older teens and adults who have decided to improve their smiles. While the trays are removable, they are designed to remain in your child’s mouth except during mealtimes and when your child is brushing/flossing his or her teeth. These are the most comfortable option for many children, however they also require more care and can be broken more easily than ceramic or metal braces.
- Ceramic Braces – Ceramic braces are also popular with teenagers because they’re not as visible or obvious as metal braces. Just as with the Invisalign aligners, ceramic braces require more care and can stain and break more easily than metal braces. When ceramic braces are tightened periodically, wearers may experience some discomfort – this is normal.
- Metal Braces – When most people think of braces, they picture metal braces. These are the traditional choice for braces and are made of stainless steel brackets and archwires. To add a touch of color and style, wearers can add colored elastic bands. Traditional metal braces are the most sturdy choice and, because of that, they are the most popular choice when it comes to braces for 10-12 year olds just entering Phase II.
Count on FUNtastic Pediatric Dental and Orthodontics Every Step of the Way
When you choose FUNtastic Pediatric Dental and Orthodontics for children’s braces, you can rest easy knowing that your child’s oral health and dental hygiene is in good hands. We want your child’s experience to be pain-free, and stress-free, and everything we do is done with that goal in mind.
To schedule routine dental care, orthodontic care or to schedule a braces evaluation, contact us in Long Beach, CA today by calling 562.912.2007, or request an appointment online.