Sadly, it used to be common for children to pick on each other for wearing kids braces.
But now, with over 4.5 million people in the U.S. wearing them, the stigma has subsided. Especially since only 25% of those four million are adults.
It also helps that different types of braces (other than metal) have been developed. Many kids and teenagers dread the thought of wearing metal ones. This can sometimes lead to them developing certain self-esteem issues.
The alternatives you will read about in this article are likely to help alleviate those feelings. Not to mention they'll fix any irregularities that might affect their teeth.
1. Ceramic Kids Braces
You've undoubtedly seen how present-day metal braces look like. If not in real-life, then at least on television or in the movies.
Well, ceramic ones mimic them in shape and size. Your teen doesn't have to worry, though. These types of kids braces are very subtle.
You can get them with either of these options:
- Clear ceramic brackets
- Tooth-colored brackets
- Tooth-colored wires
They are almost unnoticeable but are just as effective as metal braces.
2. Lingual Braces
The name can seem confusing to some. No, these kids braces don't somehow get attached to the tongue.
There's another explanation for the name. As you may know, braces are usually placed on the front of the teeth. Well, these are put on the inside.
If your young one is really shy, this alternative will keep their braces hidden from plain sight.
3. Invisalign (Invisible Removable Aligners)
Simply put, Invisalign consists of plastic tray aligners that move crooked and other affected teeth in any direction, to straighten them.
A huge benefit comes from the fact Invisalign is removable. This means your child can take the time and enjoy the occasional sweets without impediment - but with moderation, of course.
These aligners are removable for one good reason. They need to be replaced once every two weeks. This is to keep the teeth movement action on its course.
One thing we should mention is this. Invisalign is only recommended for teens and adults.
4. Self-Ligating Braces
Some of the biggest reasons for which parents are reluctant to the idea of their kids getting braces are the following:
- Traditional kids braces use elastics and ties. This means there is always pressure and/or friction on your children's teeth. Nobody likes that feeling of discomfort, especially not younger people.
- The ties also mean that there is more plaque build-up if the kids don't take proper care to brush.
- Speaking of which: with regular braces, kids usually have a much harder time keeping their teeth clean.
Luckily, the In-Ovation self-ligating braces have been developed to address all of those weaknesses.
Without the uncomfortable addition of elastic or metal ties, your child won't feel any major discomfort. Plus, they will have a much easier time cleaning their teeth properly.
Which Choice Is Best for Your Child?
It's important that you remember that everyone's case is different.
Depending on the severity of the problem, your child might need to go with metal braces anyway. Or, they could stick with the comfortable self-ligating braces.
The easiest way to find out is to bring them in for a consultation. Give us a call today at (678) 352-1090 and schedule one! Alternatively, you can use this simple form.