Top Tips on How to Choose Braces for Kids
If your child has recently been recommended to have an orthodontic evaluation by Dr Marina Krepkh or by another of our excellent pediatric dentists then there is no need to worry. We have a great range of available braces for kids here at the Kids Dentistry Center. If our orthodontist determines that your child will benefit from treatment then your next step will be to decide on the best type of brace for them to wear.
Consult Your Pediatric Orthodontist
You will also find that our orthodontist can offer lots of advice and information about each type of brace and it could be that one particular kind will be more beneficial, depending on the kind of treatment required. We do have both fixed and removable braces for kids and of course we are always here to answer any questions you have about treatment and to show your child how best to look after their brace.
Consider Your Child’s Level of Responsibility
One thing to bear in mind is your child’s level of responsibility as wearing braces does require a bit of dedication. (Learn about wearing braces: getting to grips with orthodontic treatment). You will need to discuss this with them as each option involves different levels of dental care. Removable braces can be very easy to use as they are simply taken out for brushing and flossing and there will be no need for your kid to avoid certain foods during treatment.
Fixed Braces for Kids Need More Care
In comparison, fixed braces can be a bit fiddlier to thoroughly clean around as quite a bit of care needs to be taken to ensure all the brackets and wires are thoroughly brushed. Although there are lots of different tools that can be used, your child does need to be responsible enough to look after their brace. It’s vital that they keep up with good oral hygiene right throughout treatment to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. It would be a great shame if they were to go to all the trouble of undergoing orthodontic treatment only to discover that once the braces were removed they had developed dental problems that required further treatment. (Read also: My Kid Has White Spots on Teeth After Wearing Braces).
Compliance Is Vital When Using Invisible Braces
Invisible braces such as Invisalign Teen may be a nice choice as the system uses clear plastic aligners to discreetly reposition teeth. We know that Invisalign is particularly popular, especially amongst teenagers who are worried about looking their best. However patients of any age need to have a certain amount of self-discipline when using Invisalign.
It is vital that the aligners are worn for 22 hours each day and they should only really be removed for brushing and flossing and whenever your child or teenager has something to eat or drink. This does mean that they will need to make sure they remember to reinsert their aligners after eating or after brushing. If they are likely to forget or are prone to losing things then perhaps Invisalign might not be such a smart choice. Even though Invisalign can be a great system, there are still other types of fixed braces for kids that are also virtually invisible and which use clear brackets and tooth colored wires.