When your child’s permanent teeth have grown in and are ready for children’s orthodontics, then you and your child will have a couple types of braces to choose from.
There are 2 categories of braces: clear braces and metal braces. The idea behind braces is simple: your Las Vegas pediatric dentist will place brackets onto the enamel of your children’s teeth, and then connect each bracket with wiring and rubber bands that are strategically placed to slowly move your child’s teeth closer together over time. The main goal of any braces is to perfect your child’s smile with a straighter, brighter smile.
The process of moving teeth takes time, roughly 12-18 months, and requires the use of a retainer afterwards in order to maintain the positive results.
Your child will most likely be a teen when they receive their braces, as this is time when all permanent teeth have grown in. During the teen years, self-confidence is something to consider as children can be brash and of course, mean to each other.
Clear braces are a popular option for teens that want to avoid the embarrassment that unfortunately comes with traditional metal braces.
On the flip side, traditional metal braces are a great option because first and foremost: they are the cheapest option.
There are pros and cons to each option, but either option requires specific care practices that must be taken into consideration before starting orthodontic treatment. Your child’s normal routine will change a small amount with braces. Follow our simple guide on braces care for more information.
Give our children’s orthodontist a call @ (702) 966-9253 for more information on the types of braces you and your child can choose from when their teeth are ready. You can also contact us about any orthodontic questions that you may have.
*It is recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists that a child receives an orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7.