If you think it’s time for your child to get braces, the next step is to decide what kind of braces. This is not as simple as it used to be with the many types of braces available today. The best judge for the treatment your child needs in Murfreesboro, TN is our talented orthodontist. It is also important for you to understand the many options that are available today regarding braces for kids. Call Pack Orthodontics today to learn more!
The traditional metal braces are still the common choice in braces for kids. Today, they are much smaller and lighter than they were decades ago and kids can choose the colors of their rubber bands. Brackets are attached to the teeth and these brackets are connected by a thin wire with rubber bands to apply steady pressure. The wire is tightened slowly over time, which slowly shifts the teeth into the right position. A new development in traditional braces uses what is called heat-activated archwires that respond to your body’s heat and move the teeth faster and with less pain.
Then there are ceramic braces, which imitate metal braces in size and shape but come in clear ceramic or tooth-colored brackets, giving a more natural appearance to your teeth. You can even get wires that are tooth-colored to make the braces even more invisible.
Self-ligating braces are metal braces with a difference. Instead of using rubber bands to move the archwire and thereby move the teeth, they use a specially made clip. These types of braces for kids are easier to keep clean because of less plaque buildup with clips as compared to elastics.
One of the top reasons people choose lingual braces for kids is that they are placed on the inside of the teeth, so they cannot be seen from the outside. However, it may be more difficult to eat and talk for a few weeks. They are also more difficult to clean. In addition, the time needed to straighten the teeth usually takes longer than traditional methods. As with all of the above braces for kids, there are dietary restrictions in order to avoid breaking a bracket or holding food debris.
There are also braces that have become very popular in recent years for teens and adults who have less severe orthodontic requirements. They are clear, plastic aligners that you remove when you eat or clean your teeth. Cleaning and oral hygiene are much easier and people can eat or drink whatever they want. The tooth aligners shift the teeth into their proper positions with a series of 18 to 30 custom-made clear plastic aligners, which are replaced every two weeks with a new set until the teeth are in the correct position.
After the braces are removed, your child may need other devices such as headgear or an individually molded retainer to make sure the teeth do not shift back into their previous positions. Kids wear braces on average for about two years but this is not a rule and will depend on the problems the orthodontist is trying to correct. Contact Pack Orthodontics today to learn more about braces for kids!