What are the right type of braces for your child? Many people don’t even know that you have choices!
Few people are lucky enough to have been born with picture perfect teeth. And it’s almost a rite of passage for kids and teens to get braces. But what is the right type of braces for your child? Today’s orthodontists offer more choices than ever before!
Your orthodontist may recommend any of these options to you:
Metal braces are probably what you think of when you hear ‘braces”. These are your traditional braces. They are metal brackets attached to the tooth using cement. The brackets are linked together with an archwire, which puts pressure on the teeth to gradually move them into correct position.
Metal braces have come a long way! They are now lighter in weight and structure, and smaller in size to be less noticeable.
Metal braces are your less expensive type of braces.
Ceramic braces are exactly like your traditional metal braces, but the brackets are made from a transparent, clear ceramic material. The archwire is also of tooth-colored to be even less noticeable to others; making ceramic braces a popular choice for adults.
Ceramic braces are more expensive than traditional metals braces & if not properly cared for, can stain.
Lingual braces are also the same as metal braces, but the brackets and wire are placed on the inside of the teeth. These braces are not seen at all!
Lingual braces are much more expensive than traditional braces and are very difficult to keep clean. They take longer to move the teeth into correct position and can be uncomfortable for the patient.
Invisalign is your most expensive option and they are only available for teens and adults; not children. They consists of a series of 18-30 clear plastic ‘aligners’ that resemble mouth guards. Aligners are removable and changed out the every 2 weeks.
Invisalign is nearly invisible and patients can eat or drink whatever they want! However, due to the fact that they are removable and clear, they can easily be lost and can be costly to replace.
With all the options to choose from…
the pressure to make a decision can be overwhelming! Take your time and discuss any questions or concerns with your orthodontist.