Orthodontists treat kids for many problems, such as jaw growth and tooth development. These problems may be caused by tooth decay, losing baby teeth too soon, accidents, or habits like thumb sucking.
Several orthodontists suggest that a child orthodontic treatment should be done before age seven so any problems can be spotted early. In most cases, the ideal age for braces for children teeth is between 10 and 14 years of age because the corrective procedures work faster and more effectively than they do for teens and as compared to adults.
Early orthodontic treatment is done by a kids orthodontist and can involve wearing fixed and removable braces. Braces help in correcting cases of malocclusion by putting steady pressure on teeth, which eventually moves them into a straighter position. Braces for children teeth can be worn for different lengths of time, preferably for 1 to 3 years, and kids are advised to visit the orthodontist regularly during this time.
Types of braces for kids
- Metal braces are the metal brackets and wires placed on the outside of the teeth for proper alignment.
- Lingual braces are the braces where the brackets and wires are placed on the inside of teeth.
- Invisalign consists of a series of mouth guard-like clear plastic aligners that need continuous replacement once every fortnight.