Read This Before Your Kid Gets Braces
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Traditional Metal Braces
They are the least expensive of all the options.
They are strong and rarely break/chip.
They are bonded to the teeth, and so don’t depend on your child wearing them or not.
Kids tend to like picking colors for the elastic ties that are changed at every visit.
They are more visible than ceramic braces and Invisalign®
Clear (Ceramic) Braces
They blend in with the teeth and tend to be less noticeable.
They are bonded to the teeth and don’t depend on your child wearing them or not.
The clear elastic ties can stain, though these are changed at monthly visits.
They are usually more expensive than traditional metal braces.
They are the most esthetic option.
It’s easier to keep teeth clean than with traditional metal and clear (ceramic) braces.
They are usually the most expensive option.
In some cases, your child may need more aligners than originally predicted.
They only work if your child wears them the recommended amount of time (22 hours per day).
They may not be as effective as traditional braces in treating certain types of orthodontic issues.
With so many options, it can be really confusing to decide which one works best for you. That’s why we recommend scheduling a consultation with an orthodontic specialist in your area to review what your options are. Your final choice will be a combination of your personal preferences and your orthodontist’s professional opinion.