Traditional Braces for Kids
Metal braces are the most common form of orthodontic treatment, especially for kids. They correct malocclusions, such as crooked teeth, gaps, underbites, and overbites.
Today’s metal braces are much more attractive than in the past. It used to be that children and teenagers wore braces that were extremely noticeable and unattractive. Today, however, braces are made of high-grade stainless steel and are much less conspicuous. The wires are thinner, the brackets are smaller, and there are more options available. Patients even get to choose which colors they would like for their elastic bands.
Why Choose Metal Braces For Kids?
One of the main reasons parents choose metal braces for their children is because they are a less expensive, yet still highly effective, option for families.
Patients who have lost all of their baby teeth are often eligible for Invisalign® treatment, but it should be noted that the success of Invisalign treatment depends heavily on patient compliance.
Parents often feel that their children are not prepared for the responsibility of wearing Invisalign aligners for the appropriate number of hours each day. In these cases, metal braces are usually a much better option for kids.
Things to Consider for Kids with Traditional Braces
Traditional braces are an excellent treatment option for kids who need to correct alignment issues. However, there are a few things parents and kids should keep in mind:
When a child is wearing braces, it is more important than ever to maintain good oral hygiene. Food particles can become stuck in the braces easily, causing a buildup of plaque. Kids with traditional braces need to thoroughly brush and floss to prevent decay.
While wearing braces, there are certain foods that need to be avoided. Children should stay away from foods such as taffy, gum, caramel, and other sticky substances that can get stuck to wires. Hard foods, such as popcorn and pretzels should also be avoided, as they can break wires and brackets. Foods such as apples and carrots should be cut into smaller pieces, and kids should also avoid nail biting and chewing on ice while wearing braces.