Braces for Kids

Braces for kids help correct problems caused by thumb sucking and premature tooth loss and improve dental health. Your orthodontist or dentist will be the first to spot problems such as bad bite or overcrowded, overlapping, or crooked teeth. The good news is that there are different options to look into, including clear, lingual, invisible, and traditional braces.


Treatment Options and Type of Braces

Early orthodontic treatment is essential for healthy teeth and helps correct bad habits and jaw and teeth problems. When you come to our office, we will examine your child’s teeth to see whether they need braces for teeth alignment to create a better and healthier arrangement of teeth. There are different types of braces for kids made of plastic, ceramic, stainless steel, and other materials. Copper-titanium and nickel-titanium are sometimes used to make the wires so that fewer adjustments are required. Traditional braces can be used when all teeth have grown in. This is the least expensive type but it is also the most noticeable. Self-ligating braces help reduce treatment time and achieve stable treatment results. Clear braces or aligners are also popular because they are less visible. Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible and help straighten and adjust teeth and improve your kid’s appearance. They are available for teens and adults only, not for small children. However, there are plenty of options for patients in Carson City, suitable for teens and adults alike. Moving teeth takes between 12 and 18 months and retainers may be required to achieve better results.

When to see the Dentist

While there is no set age to visit your dentist, early treatment reduces the risk of serious problems and damage to protruding teeth. We will examine your kid’s jaw, mouth and teeth to decide when to start treatment. We may postpone treatment if any teeth need to grow in. Most children need regular braces to correct alignment problems when teeth are ready for orthodontics. This will help improve your child’s confidence and self-esteem.

You may want to take your child to the orthodontist around the age of 7. By this age, kids have at least 4 permanent incisors and molars, and we will be able to identify problems such as extra or missing teeth and crowding.  Permanent teeth start to grow at this stage, and your kid is most likely to be 10 or 12 when all teeth have already grown in.

Braces and Benifits

Braces for kids offer plenty of benefits and help correct problems such as deep, cross, or open bite and avoid major dental corrections. Whatever the choice of braces or aligners, clear, ceramic, metal, lingual, or Invisalign, treatment helps achieve a brighter and straighter smile and healthy teeth.