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Overcrowding, general alignment problems, and over- or underbite issues are common reasons why our orthodontist might recommend having braces installed on your child’s teeth. While there might be some minor adjustments and additional hardware used, there are basically three different types of braces:

Wire-and-bracket: Traditional braces involve brackets cemented to the face of the teeth linked together with a wire. Traditional braces typically also include bands and spacers to further aid in the realignment process.

Ceramic coated braces: Ceramic coated braces are just like traditional braces, only most of the hardware has been coated in a porcelain-ceramic material that is shaded to match your child’s natural tooth enamel.

Clear aligners: Clear plastic aligners, like Invisalign, are only called for if your child needs a minor amount of realignment. The clear plastic aligners are custom-shaped to their teeth. Every two weeks or so they switch to another set that is adjusted a little closer to ideal alignment.

All braces and aligners essentially work on the same set of principles. Over the course of minor gradual adjustments, the periodontal ligaments that anchor teeth in their sockets are stretched and adjusted a little bit at a time, until they attain their ideal alignment. The type of braces our orthodontist recommends will be influenced by personal preference of the patient and the degree of adjustment needed to give your child a more functional mouth and appealing smile.

If you are interested in learning more about your alignment options for your child’s teeth, please feel free to call Prime Family Dental Care at 602-237-8880 to schedule a consultation.