Braces for Children
At Braces for Smiling Faces, we specialize in orthodontics for patients of all ages, but a high percentage of our patients are teens and preteens. Braces tend to work more quickly on young adults because their jaw is still growing. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that children see an orthodontist for an initial consultation when they are seven years old.
If your child or teenager needs braces, you may be wondering what your next steps should be. Teens and preteens are naturally more self-conscious and may be worried about their appearance when wearing braces. The good news is that there are many innovative options for correcting misalignment, and our dedicated team can work with your family to design a treatment plan that meets your child’s needs and your family’s budget.
What Causes Misaligned Teeth in Children?
There are many reasons why children and teenagers develop poorly aligned teeth. Most irregularities are genetic, just like hair and eye color, but misalignment can also be caused by thumb sucking, poor oral hygiene, early loss of baby teeth, and prolonged use of a bottle or pacifier.
Designing Your Child’s Orthodontic Treatment Plan
During your child’s initial evaluation, Dr. Herb Dulaney will conduct a visual examination of the teeth, followed by x-rays and bite impressions. During this planning phase, Dr. Dulaney will make a diagnosis and work to develop an effective treatment plan.
Types of Braces Offered
Traditional fixed braces are often recommended for teens and preteens because they can’t be lost, forgotten, or removed. Fixed braces are usually the quickest method to fix misaligned teeth. Removable appliances, which are less intrusive than braces, can often be used to fix minor problems for the appropriate candidate.
Traditional braces have come a long way since their initial development. They are much lighter in weight and structure and are more economical than other options. The downside to traditional metal braces is that they will change the child’s appearance, if only for a short while.
Other options for braces in teens and preteens include Invisalign braces, which are clear and removable. Invisalign can’t be used to fix serious misalignment issues, and they are more expensive than traditional braces.
Damon Braces are another effective orthodontic option. These are fit like traditional braces, but instead of metal brackets that must be adjusted regularly, they make use of a slide mechanism that moves naturally with the teeth as they realign.
Schedule an Orthodontic Consultation Today
At Braces for Smiling Faces, we specialize in all types of orthodontic treatments for children and adults. Our approach is minimally invasive, and we are happy to work with patients to find the most appropriate and affordable option. Serving Fremont, Big Rapids, and the surrounding communities, we are dedicated to providing exceptional orthodontic care in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.