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  • Writer's pictureSharmila Shettigar

Orthodontic Treatment Options for Children

Orthodontic treatment is essential for children suffering from malocclusions or improper tooth alignment. Orthodontics has come a long way over the years, and there are now various treatment options available to help children get the ideal smile they desire. At our dental clinic, we understand the importance of orthodontic treatment for children and a consultation usually starts as early as age 7.

Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are the most common form of orthodontic treatment for children. The braces use metal brackets and arch wires to apply gentle pressure to the teeth, gradually moving them into the correct position. Metal braces are effective in correcting even severe malocclusions and are suitable for most children, regardless of age or the complexity of the treatment. Traditional braces take around 18-36 months to correct misaligned teeth, depending on the individual's case.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are similar to metal braces, but they use clear or tooth-colored brackets that blend in with the natural color of the teeth, making them less noticeable. Additionally, they come with tooth-colored wires that further add to their aesthetic appeal. Ceramic braces are more expensive than traditional braces and require more maintenance, but they are the perfect option for kids who are self-conscious about wearing braces.

Clear aligner therapy like Invisalign

Invisalign is a modern alternative to traditional braces that uses clear aligners made from a unique thermoplastic material. The aligners are removable, making it easier for kids to eat and brush their teeth. Invisalign aligners are custom-made for each patient’s teeth and gradually move the teeth into their proper position over time. Not all cases are treatable with Invisalign, but if your child qualifies, they can enjoy a comfortable and discreet treatment experience.

Phase One Orthodontics

Phase one orthodontics, also known as interceptive orthodontics, is a treatment option that aims to correct any developing orthodontic problems in kids between the ages of six and ten. The treatment involves the use of appliances like expanders, partial braces, and headgear to make room for the permanent teeth and help them grow in the correct position. Phase one treatment can pave the way for a smoother and less complicated phase two orthodontic treatment when the child is older.

TMJ Treatment

TMJ disorder is a common condition that affects the jaw joint and its surrounding muscles, causing pain, clicking or popping sounds, and difficulty in opening and closing the mouth. The condition is common in children, especially those with malocclusions. Orthodontic treatment can help alleviate TMJ symptoms by addressing the underlying orthodontic issues. In severe cases, TMJ treatment may require the use of specialized appliances.

In conclusion, orthodontic treatment options for children are numerous, and each option has its unique advantages and disadvantages. Selecting the right treatment option for your child requires an individualized approach and consultation with your orthodontist. We are committed to providing excellent care for our patients and helping them achieve the healthy and beautiful smile they deserve. Contact us @ 905-823-7855 or email us at

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