Types of Braces for Children

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Choosing the right type of braces for your child is a serious decision — the average child must wear his braces for one to three years, according to WebMD. Of course, the exact type will depend on the correction that he needs. Work with your orthodontist to find a set of braces.


Ligature Braces

Ligature braces feature brackets on the teeth that need rubber bands — ligatures — to attach the wires. Often, your child can choose brackets that are clear, white or enamel to match the teeth, making these braces stand out less. When your child goes to her monthly orthodontist appointment, she’ll have the rubber bands replaced.

Self-Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces do not need the rubber bands to attach the wires. They are often a shiny metal — silver or gold — which stands out, but some children like the way they look wearing braces. In fact, you can even get self-ligating braces in fun shapes like hearts or footballs to make them seem like jewelry.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are almost invisible to others because the orthodontist places them behind your child’s teeth. This is a special technique that not all orthodontists can do. There may also be additional charges not covered by your insurance.

Removable Braces

If your child needs only minor adjustments to his teeth, removable braces like the Invisalign brand may be an option. These braces are a strong plastic tray that slips over your child’s teeth. It’s made specifically for your child to correct his problems. Unfortunately, this type of braces only has about a 50 percent chance of success, according to Arched Wire.

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