Some kids can't wait to get their braces, seeing them as a sign that their teen years can't be far behind. Others, though, worry about what they'll feel or look like. Parents and dental experts, like the professionals at Forest &Ray, can calm any anxiety your child may have about wearing braces.
In our experience, the earlier the investment is made in braces, the better the results will be. One thing is for certain, it is not likely that the expense will be any less in later years. Still, braces are not cheap at any age but there are many ways to cut down on the cost and keep you and your child smiling. One way is to ask us at Forest &Ray if convenient, comfortable finance options that we offer are for you. Other factors that affect the cost are the type of braces you choose for your child.
Removable Braces for Kids
There are three options here:
- Removable braces for “interceptive treatment”, which are made up of a plastic plate covering the roof of the mouth and metal wire that clips on to the front teeth. They are used to carry out limited teeth movements for children aged from about 7-11. They are often used as the first stage before fixed braces.
- Clear removable braces such as Invisalign braces which are favoured by teenagers for straightening teeth.
- "Lingual" type of braces consists of brackets that attach to the back of the teeth, hidden from view.
Kids like invisible removable braces compared to fixed braces because the child can take little breaks from wearing the aligners for things like eating and brushing their teeth. But they must take care not to lose them and must keep them clean. With this type of braces, plastic aligners are tailor-made for your teen. They wear each set for about two weeks. Each set of aligners slowly but surely moves the teeth towards their final position.
Fixed Braces for Kids
- With metal brackets - strong, durable metal brackets are attached to the teeth and connected by wire. Modern-day fixed braces are much more subtle and comfortable than the fixed braces of decades ago.
- With ceramic/plastic brackets -These types of braces are sometimes preferred for they are more cosmetically appealing to teens as they more naturally blend in with the teeth surface. And because there are different styles available, it means that teens can choose to make a fashion statement as braces are seen as a mouth jewelery accessory.
Whichever type you choose, we at Forest& Ray are ready to help you make braces for your child an affordable reality. And while we’re at it-remember- braces aren't just for kids. More and more adults are also wearing braces to correct minor problems and to improve their smiles. Why not you?