If your child's teeth are crooked, their dentist may have already prescribed braces. Still, the provider may present you with multiple options to meet your child's orthodontic needs, including kids' braces.
Nevertheless, some children may feel self-conscious about wearing conventional braces. Here are a few orthodontic options that may be less noticeable on your child's teeth.
Ceramic braces have the same basic components as traditional braces. However, the brackets of the devices are fashioned from ceramic material.
The ceramic brackets tend to be more discreet than their metal counterparts. The white ceramic material blends more seamlessly with the natural color of the teeth. Metal brackets, on the other hand, are often easily visible against the white backdrop of the tooth enamel.
To add to the discretion of the ceramic brackets, white or clear elastic bands may be used to connect the brackets to the archwires.
Lingual braces also have the same components as traditional braces. However, instead of the metal brackets being placed on the front surfaces of the teeth where they can be easily seen, lingual brackets are applied to the lingual sides of the teeth.
The lingual sides of the teeth lie adjacent to the tongue. Thus, when your child wears lingual braces, the brackets and wires are hidden from view.
Although the placement of lingual braces differs from that of traditional braces, the devices are just as effective at straightening the teeth. Additionally, the appliances can make it easier for your child to participate in sports without damaging their inner cheeks or lips. Also, children who play wind instruments may find lingual braces more comfortable and less cumbersome as they perform musical pieces.
If your child has reached their teen years, their palates may have finished growing, making them potential candidates for clear plastic aligners. Due to the transparent plastic material, clear aligners offer treatment discretion.
Nevertheless, it is important for your child to be responsible enough to wear the aligners daily and nightly, only taking them out to clean their teeth and eat. The aligners must apply consistent aligning force to the teeth to straighten them properly.
In addition, the child must adhere to their treatment plan schedule. Each set of aligners is worn for a few weeks before it is replaced with the subsequent set in the treatment plan.
To determine the best orthodontic option for your child, discuss your preferences with an orthodontist in your local area.