When people picture braces, they almost always picture a mouth full of metal. That’s what you had when you were a kid, right? Although those reliable old metal braces still exist, there’s been some pretty amazing advances in orthodontic technology. There’s been so many recent advances in orthodontics that I’d be willing to bet that you might not have even heard of some of the orthodontic treatments in this article! What does this mean? Simple: your kids will not only be able to straighten their teeth, they’ll be able to do it in the most modern, confidence boosting ways. This article will detail some of these awesome new advances: but keep in mind, prices and availability will vary from one orthodontist to another.
Times have changed, but metal braces haven’t (other than looking way better!) Metal braces are still the most common type of braces used by orthodontists to straighten teeth, and are almost always the most affordable. Although braces are still made of metal wire and brackets, you’ll notice that the modern metal braces are more aesthetically pleasing thanks to smaller brackets and way less “metal” than the ones you had as a kid.
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Ceramic braces are quite similar to traditional metal braces, with one big difference: the brackets are made of ceramic. This makes them much less noticeable than their shiny metal counterparts, and since they take a bit longer to install and maintain, they are a bit more expensive. Kids who get ceramic braces need to understand that they are more fragile than metal braces, so they will need to be extra careful with what they eat.
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Lingual braces, better known by their trade name “Incognito” braces, are unique because they are positioned behind the teeth. These are quite a bit more expensive than metal and ceramic braces due to the complexity of the installation procedure, and they are indeed barely noticeable. However, they can get in the way of the tongue while the child speaks, so they do take some getting used to.
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Typically, braces use rubber bands to secure the wires, but self-ligating braces are different. Self-ligating braces are very similar to traditional metal braces, except for one fundamental difference: they use a special clip that does away with the need for rubber bands. This allows for them to be smaller, and also makes it easier to clean your braces. Self-ligating braces come in two primary types: passive and active.
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The practically invisible, and aptly named Invisalign is one of the best known modern orthodontic solutions. However, they are not intended for serious dental issues, are fairly expensive, and not intended for children. However, if you’re noticing your teeth have been getting a bit crooked, Invisalign might be a good idea for you!
Although there’s lots of orthodontic options, only your orthodontist knows what is truly right for your child. That’s why it’s really important that you get your child in for an appointment. Orthodontic issues only get worse over time, meaning the longer you wait, the more money you will likely spend straightening your child’s teeth.