4 Children's Braces Options To Consider

Posted on: 1 March 2023

If your orthodontist recommends your child gets braces, your child might not be too happy, but childhood is the best time to get braces if they're needed. That's because your child's bones and face are still growing and their teeth are easier to reposition than they will be once your child is an adult.

Besides, your child will get used to wearing the braces eventually, and they may not need to wear them for more than a couple of years. Here are some common types of braces for children.

1. Traditional Metal Braces

You may opt for metal braces because they are usually the most affordable option. These have stainless steel brackets and wires. The bands used for these braces come in several colors, and your child can choose the color they want.

Metal braces have been used for decades, and they do a good job of straightening teeth. The only drawback is that they are the least attractive option.

2. Ceramic Braces

These have the same design as traditional metal braces except the brackets are made of ceramic material. This allows the brackets to match the color of your child's teeth or be transparent so the braces aren't quite as noticeable.

If your child is nearing the teen years, they might prefer less conspicuous braces. It's harder to keep their teeth clean with these braces, so they may not be a good option for younger kids who have trouble brushing effectively.

3. Invisible Aligner Trays

A responsible teen might be a good match for an aligner tray rather than metal braces. Even though these can be removed for eating, they still need to be worn most of the day and night. If you can trust your teen to leave the trays in most of the time, they can get straighter teeth with less aggravation than with metal braces.

4. Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are another option for you and your child to consider if your child hates the thought of wearing braces and wants an option that's not too noticeable. These are made like traditional metal or ceramic braces, but rather than the brackets being put on the front of your child's teeth, the brackets are put on the back side. This keeps the brackets out of view while your child goes through the process of straightening their teeth.

Your dentist will offer advice and suggestions as you compare braces for children. The important thing is to match the type of braces to your child's dental misalignment. Your child might not be a good match for aligner trays or lingual braces, so you'll want the option you and your child choose to be approved by your dentist too.