Types of Braces for Kids
If you have a child who needs braces, you know that it can be a sensitive topic for them no matter their age. Taking the time to make sure you explain to them the different types of braces for kids that are available is a good idea for a lot of reasons. To help you make sense of everything that’s available these days, we have some information on the basics that you’ll be able to pass onto your children so they don’t worry as much.
Materials Used to Make Kids’ Braces
First, let’s take a look at the common materials used to make braces for kids.
Stainless steel – The most widely used material in braces is stainless steel because of its strength.
Ceramic – Ceramics are also used to make kids’ braces. They’re nice because they can blend in a little better and not stand out as much.
Plastic – Believe it or not, plastic is also a big part of making braces.
Combination – Most braces are actually made from a combination of the materials listed above.
Next, let’s take a look at some other terms you’ll need to understand about braces.
A temporary anchorage device (TAG) is nothing more than a small screw that might be drilled into the bone in the mouth to help move teeth back into a straight position. They’re not always used, but they can produce lot better results most of the time.
Also known as elastics, small rubber bands are used to make sure the teeth and jaw are both in the right position. These days you can get them in different colors, something that kids actually like about braces sometimes. Imagine being able to have your school colors in your smile!
Some people can benefit from using headgear. The appliance is attached to the braces from the back of the head and can be removed. As with rubber bands, headgear are used when extra force is needed to move the teeth and jaws. If a headgear is needed, it usually only has to be worn at night while sleeping or at home.
Retainers are nothing more than something used to help keep teeth in the proper place after braces are removed. Because it takes your teeth a little time to get settled in their new positions, a retainer will help keep teeth from shifting back. A few different types of retainers exist, including some made out of clear plastic so they’re less noticeable.
Now for the Good News
While there’s a lot of specific information outlined above, there is good news. There’s actually never been a better time to get braces, especially for children. As long as you take the time to explain to them about the different types of braces available, they’re not going to have a hard time adjusting to the hardware that helps them straighten their teeth. Be sure to remind them that everything will pay off in the end when they walk away with a great looking – and straight – smile.