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Choosing Between Different Braces for Kids

If your child needs braces to correct an orthodontic problem, you may be able to choose between different types of braces for kids. There are different types of braces, and each type has certain advantages. The type you choose may depend on the dental problem your child has, or his or her desire that the braces be discreet.

Traditional metal braces are still the most common type of braces for kids and have changed a lot over the past few decades. They are smaller and more comfortable to wear and are the strongest. They are less conspicuous than before. To help lighten the experience, they come with colored elastics that many kids find fun to wear. There are food restrictions with all braces except clear aligners because hard foods can break brackets and wires, and sticky foods are difficult to remove from the brackets.

Traditional braces also come with porcelain or ceramic brackets. These are much less noticeable because the brackets and wires are either clear or tooth-colored. This type is popular with older teenagers who may be concerned with the cosmetic effects of braces.

Self-ligating braces are the same as traditional braces without the elastics. They do not need elastics because they use a clip to help the arch wires move the teeth. They require fewer appointments with our orthodontist because the clips apply less pressure and do not need to be adjusted as often as braces with elastics. Self-ligating braces are easier to keep clean and the treatment time may be less.

Clear plastic aligners are the most discreet braces compared to the other types and are very popular with older teenagers. The aligners can be removed for eating and cleaning, so there are no food restrictions. This type of orthodontic treatment may not be suitable for every problem, and it is definitely not suitable for younger children. This type of braces for kids is usually only chosen for teenagers.

Today, there are several types of braces for kids. You can select the type and program that best suits your child’s wishes and lifestyle during a consultation at the office of Brodie Bowman, DMD in Fort Walton Beach or Niceville. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our office.