Interceptive Orthodontics for Kids
Taking a look at the yearbook pictures from the past you will see teens with mouths full of metal. Nowadays these pictures are not so common and that is because kids tend to wear braces at much earlier age and the brackets are considerably smaller. The AAO American Association of Orthodontics recommends that all children should start an orthodontic screening by the age of 7.
Cool Braces for Kids
To make braces more acceptable, stylish and fun for young people, manufacturers have made brightly colored elastics (ligatures). These are the tiny rubber bands that hold the wires to the braces to create cool braces for kids. Different colored elastics can be chosen at every appointment to keep braces looking fresh and exciting.
Types of Kids Braces
At the Sanoudos Kapakian Orthodontic Clinic in Glyfada, we offer various types of braces for kids to choose from:
Metal Braces for Kids
Metal braces are made of stainless steel or titanium, with an elastic rubber band called a ligature to hold the wire onto the bracket. These types of braces are very strong and can withstand most types of orthodontic treatment.
Ceramic Braces for Kids
Ceramic braces are made of ceramic mixtures and are almost similar in shape and size as metal braces. The main advantage of ceramic braces for kids is their aesthetic and cosmetic appeal. They can be used in almost every orthodontic treatment. Ceramic braces are popular for young people as they are very discreet, offering a less noticeable way to straighten misaligned or wrongly angled teeth.
Invisalign are “invisible” braces for kids! Instead of brackets bonded to the tooth, orthodontic dental treatment is mapped out through a series of plastic dental trays designed to move children’s teeth in incremental movements over weeks. The clear, plastic trays are virtually invisible and very difficult to spot, making them ideal for self-conscious young people. With Invisalign there is no irritation to the gums and they can even be removed for aesthetic reasons over small periods of time.
Retainers for Kids
After braces are removed, kids’ teeth still have tendency to move around a bit as a natural part of the growth process. Retainers are removable appliances that are used as an orthodontic device to prevent this kind of shifting. A removable retainer attaches to your upper and/or lower teeth and holds them in their position.