A Lifetime of Beautiful and Healthy Teeth
Braces are a common way we treat children with misaligned bites. They work by applying constant pressure to teeth, gradually shifting them into their desired placement. And having a well-aligned bite isn’t just for cosmetic benefit, it helps keep your child healthy. Crooked teeth can trap plaque in odd places that are more difficult to reach with floss or a toothbrush. These irregular placements can also cause teeth to wear unevenly.
What to Expect with Braces Treatment
Whether you have already met with the orthodontists at Sunshine Kids Dental & Orthodontics or your child’s dentist has recommended braces, we’ll be able to get your child started on a path to a straighter smile.
- Start with a consultation: At the orthodontic consultation, one of our orthodontists will put together a treatment plan. In some cases, your child may need some more time before beginning braces treatment.
- Get braces on: Most children start braces treatment between the ages of 9 and 14. Your child will come in for an appointment to have their braces put on, and we will cover proper care with them. Traditional braces consist of stainless steel brackets that attach to teeth with a special cement.
- Come in for regular appointments: Our orthodontists will want to see your child every few weeks to check in on the progress.
- Celebrate the end of braces: Every case is unique, but braces typically stay on for 1-2 years. Once it’s time for braces to come off, your child will require a retainer to help the results last.
Life With Braces
The good news is that life with braces isn’t all that different from life without! You will need to make a few adjustments, like giving up some sticky, crunchy, and chewy foods for the time being.
Braces do sometimes cause slight discomfort, but it isn’t difficult to manage. Right after you get your wires changed, your mouth may be sore for a few days, but you can alleviate your pain by protecting your gums with wax, swishing with salt water, or taking an OTC painkiller.
You can still participate in your favorite sports and other activities you enjoyed before you had braces, just be sure to wear a mouth guard. We always recommend mouth guards, but they’re extra important while you’re in your braces.
Other Orthodontic Options
Traditional braces are most common orthodontic treatment at Sunshine Kids Dental & Orthodontics, but we do offer additional options. If your child is a little older, you may be interested in ceramic braces or Invisalign Teen. Invisalign does require a great deal of self-discipline, so we only recommend it for mature teens.
Getting Started With Your Child’s Braces
If our orthodontist determines braces are necessary for your child, our team will review all your insurance policies and give you an estimate for total cost of treatment. We will work with you and your child to create a customized plan to create a flawless, healthy smile that will last a lifetime.