Types of Braces for Kids

Crooked teeth and a misaligned jaw are the most common reasons children need orthodontic treatment. Braces for kids apply firm pressure to push the teeth into a straighter position. There are several different types of braces for children, but they all perform the same function. There are other orthodontic devices that may enhance the results such as headgear and retainers. During a consultation with our orthodontist, your child’s teeth alignment and overall oral health will be examined. If braces are required, you may learn about the different possibilities.

Traditional metal braces for kids have changed in the last few decades. They are no longer large metal brackets, but are smaller and more comfortable today. They still have wires, brackets and rubber bands, but they are more comfortable than ever before. Children can choose colored braces to enhance their individuality.

Traditional braces may also have clear or tooth-colored porcelain or ceramic brackets. These are less noticeable than metal braces, but also more delicate. They take more time to clean and may stain from certain foods. However, they are popular for teenagers who are concerned about their appearance.

Self-ligating braces are similar to metal braces, but no rubber bands are needed. Instead of rubber bands to help shift the teeth, a specialized clip is used. These may take a bit longer for the results because the pressure may be less, but the child will need fewer check-ups than with braces with rubber bands.

Clear plastic aligners like Invisalign® are the virtually invisible way to straighten teeth. The plastic aligners cover the teeth like a mouth guard and gradually push the teeth into proper alignment. Teenagers and adults prefer these because they are the most discreet. In addition, since they are removed for eating and cleaning, there are no dietary restrictions and your teeth can be cleaned as normal.

At Lach Orthodontic Specialists, Dr. Lach is a top 1% provider for Invisalign® and the number 1 provider in Orlando for Invisalign®. When choosing braces for kids, let Dr. Lach and his team of experts lead you in the right direction. You may want to consider the visibility of the braces, the number of appointments for adjustments, the cleaning time, the effort required and the comfort, among other factors. All of these things are important for good results. We have offices in Oviedo and Lake Nona. Contact us today to schedule an orthodontic appointment for your kid!