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What type of braces does my child need?

When it comes to braces, there are many factors that will determine what type your child will need. The most important factor is the severity of the misalignment. If the misalignment is severe, your child will likely need metal braces or potentially an orthodontic plate. If the misalignment is not as severe, your child may be able to get by with clear braces or even invisible aligners. Another factor that will affect the type of braces your child needs is their age. Children who are younger may not be ready for metal braces, while older children may be able to handle them better.

In this article, Dr Alfred Tsang explains:

Traditional metal braces

Traditional metal braces are what most people think of when they picture braces.

They are made from a variety of materials and come in a number of colours. The brackets are placed on the teeth and held in place by wires that attach to the back molars.

Today, there are many different ways to straighten teeth, such as traditional metal braces, clear braces, ceramic braces and invisible aligners. As mentioned above, the type that is best for your child will depend on a number of factors.

Ceramic braces vs Lingual Braces

Your child has been diagnosed with malocclusion, or misalignment of the teeth. Now it's time to decide which type of braces will be best for your child. The three main types of braces are metal, ceramic, and invisible. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages. Your orthodontist will help you choose the best type of braces for your child based on the severity of the misalignment, your child's age, and your personal preference.

Lingual braces – also known as “inside” braces – are a teeth straightening option that's popular among adults as they go on the inside of your teeth, so they are less noticeable. That's a a big advantage, but its not without its drawbacks. Some disadvantages of lingual braces include:

  • They may be more expensive than other types of braces.
  • They can cause more discomfort, especially at first.
  • They sometimes give the wearer a temporary lisp.
  • They may take longer than conventional braces.

Clear Aligners

Clear aligners is a type of clear braces that are nearly invisible when worn. Some popular brands of clear aligns include Invisalign, SureSmile and Smile Direct Club. They are made of smooth, comfortable plastic that is custom-made to fit your child's teeth. This treatment is popular among teenagers and adults who want to straighten their teeth without the conspicuousness of metal braces. The treatment involves wearing a series of clear, removable aligners that gradually move the teeth into the desired position over time. It is more expensive than traditional braces, but many patients feel that the aesthetic and comfort benefits are worth the extra cost.

Best to Check With Your Dentist

There are many different types of braces and the type your child needs will depend on their individual case. Some common types of braces include metal braces, clear braces, and invisible braces. Your child's orthodontist will be able to determine which type of braces is right for them based on the severity of their misalignment, their age, and their personal preference.