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Orthodontics Children


For many teens and pre-teens, braces are a rite of passage. However, orthodontic treatment often can help much younger children too. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children see an orthodontist by age 7 to identify any problems with jaw growth or tooth eruption. Early treatment can shorten the amount of time a child needs braces later.

Common problems in children

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When to Start Braces

Many children can’t wait to get braces. Their friends and classmates may have them, and many think it’s cool to customize their braces with their favorite colors. Plus, it can boost their self-confidence as they watch their smiles become straight, healthy, and beautiful.

Many children get braces between the ages of 11 and 13, after they have lost their baby teeth and the permanent teeth have come in. The orthodontist will apply braces designed to correct issues with poor alignment, bad bites, or improper tooth spacing.

Types of Braces

Braces and aligners work by placing light, constant pressure on the teeth to move them into proper alignment. Recent advancements in orthodontics mean patients have more options than ever to choose a look that matches their lifestyle. Ask your orthodontist about which one would be best for your child.

Crystal Clear Braces

  • Clear ceramic brackets
  • Nearly invisible against any tooth shade
  • Smooth surface
  • Stain-resistant
  • Odor-resistant
  • Easy placement and debonding

Clear Combo Braces

  • Clear ceramic brackets on top teeth
  • Traditional metal brackets on bottom teeth
  • Aesthetic, budget-friendly choice

Traditional Metal Braces

  • High-grade stainless steel brackets
  • Most economical choice
  • Can customize with colored bands

Experiment with colors

Clear Aligners

  • Nearly-invisible aligners
  • Smooth and comfortable
  • Remove to eat, brush and floss
  • No food restrictions
  • Easy to clean

After Treatment

After your child’s braces or aligners come off, your orthodontist will give your child a custom-made retainer. It’s important that your child follow the orthodontist’s instructions and wear the retainer for the amount of time prescribed, typically for at least a year. Teeth that are not held in place by a retainer long enough for the new supporting bone to develop around them can drift back to their original positions. Your orthodontist will explain what your child needs to do to retain his or her new, beautiful smile so it will look great for years to come.

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