By the age of seven, many kids can begin to experience minor issues involving emerging teeth and jaw growth. Kids typically receive braces between the ages of nine and 14, but we can help you decide when is the best time for your child to receive braces. We usually recommend braces for kids while they are still growing, since treatment after teeth have stopped growing can be more difficult.
Dental braces are extremely popular today with almost 4 million people wearing them, according to the American Dental Association. In the past, the only choice for braces was metal, but today there are many. If you are in the Fort Walton Beach area, Dr. Bowman can help you determine if braces may be ideal for your child.
Metal Braces for Kids
Traditional metal braces have come a long way in recent years. They are lighter, less noticeable, and have improved functionality. A metal bracket is bonded to the teeth with a wire running through it to pressure the teeth into shifting into their desired positions. Most teenagers choose metal braces as they are inexpensive and quickly improve their smile.
Ceramic Braces for Kids
At one time, ceramic braces were very popular as an alternative to traditional metal braces. Made from ceramic, these braces resemble the same color and texture as teeth, making them much less visible than other types of braces.
Lingual Braces for Kids
Lingual braces are comparable to metal braces, but they are implemented to the inside of teeth, making them a less obtrusive option for braces for kids.
Self-Ligating Braces for Kids
Self-ligating braces are similar to traditional metal braces in that they use the bracket and wire system for correcting teeth alignment.
Invisalign for Kids
Invisalign uses clear “aligners” to straighten the teeth for an improved smile. One of the benefits of invisalign aligners allows the child to completely remove them for cleaning. Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible and many people have found them to be rather comfortable.
If you are in the Fort Walton Beach area and want to learn more about braces for your child, Dr. Bowman and Dr. Grace offer excellent dental care expertise. Contact us today and schedule a consultation appointment.