Braces are one of the most popular orthodontic treatments for children. Most dentists recommend braces between the ages of 9 and 14 years old when children’s bones are still in their early developmental phase. Combined with Phase One early or interceptive orthodontic treatment, we can make effective adjustments to your child’s jaw, arches, and teeth for better functionality and aesthetics.
Since there are many types of braces, you might be wondering whether your child should get metal or ceramic “clear” braces. Which type of braces will help your child feel more confident about their smile?
At Children’s Dentistry of Manatee, we’ll give you all the information you need to make the best decision for your child’s needs. Consult with our team, and we’ll be happy to provide our professional opinions on what type of braces are ideal for your young one.
The Benefits Of Braces For Children
Braces are both corrective and preventive, allowing for better alignment as your children’s teeth and jaws adjust to new teeth. With our guidance, your child will feel more confident when socializing with friends and eating their favorite food.
Braces also offer a wide range of oral health benefits, including:
- Less risk of gum disease and infections
- Decreased chances of overcrowding, and impacted teeth
- Correcting bad bites, overbites, underbites, or crossbites
- Closing the gaps between missing or misaligned teeth
- Minimizing protruding and crooked teeth
- Improving facial proportion and symmetry
The Difference Between Metal And Ceramic “Clear” Braces
Depending on your child’s needs and preferences, our in-house orthodontists may recommend either metal or ceramic “clear” braces:
- Metal Braces – These conventional braces use wire, brackets, and rubber bands to reposition your child’s teeth into place over time. The wires are gradually tightened until we achieve the desired results. they are traditional, effective but a disadvantage may be the lack of esthetic appeal as compared to new options.
- Ceramic “Clear” Braces – Similar to metal braces, these white or tooth-colored braces also use wire, brackets, and rubber bands. However, they’re made with clear or white-colored ceramic materials, making them look relatively invisible!
The Step-By-Step Process Of Getting Braces
If you’re considering braces for your child, you need to set an appointment with Dr. Mann, our in-house orthodontist. During their first check-up, you can expect us to:
- Review their dental history
- Examine their teeth and jaw
- Assess their bite
- Request for x-rays or digital scans
- Take molds or dental impressions
Once we’ve diagnosed potential or pre-existing problems, we’ll come up with a treatment plan to correct their dental structure with braces. Whether your child uses metal or ceramic “clear” braces, the treatments are usually completed within 12 to 30 months. Most children will be required to wear retainers after completing their orthodontic treatment in order to maintain their new smiles.