Orthodontic treatment is commonly seen in teenagers and young adults. This is because it is easier to correct orthodontic problems when a patient’s skeleton is still growing and is more flexible. At Sunny Smiles Kids Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, we are dedicated to maintaining your kids’ oral health. At our office in Del Mar, CA, we offer several types of braces to treat a variety of orthodontic issues.
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of orthodontic treatment. They consist of a system of brackets and a connecting wire. The brackets are fixed to the teeth and connected with a wire, which is tightened periodically to apply pressure to the teeth and change their position along the gumline. Previously, this was a fairly uncomfortable method, but braces have evolved to be more comfortable than ever before. They can still appear cumbersome, but this method is generally very effective and reliable.
Like traditional braces, self-ligating braces use a set of brackets, but they do not require the use of elastics. Instead, a specialized door takes the place of the elastics to help the archwire guide teeth into their new position. This helps to reduce the amount of pressure being placed on the teeth and requires fewer appointments to the dentist because fewer adjustments are needed.
These braces are made of materials that are clear, resulting in a much less conspicuous treatment than traditional metal braces. However, they are larger and more brittle and therefore require more attention to oral hygiene. Clear braces are more commonly used to treat the upper front teeth than the lower teeth.
This type of orthodontics is removable and practically invisible, resulting in a more attractive and comfortable treatment. It utilizes a system of acrylic trays that are worn on the teeth for most of the day and changed out regularly according to a treatment plan. Though they are convenient, they are generally more effective for treating mild to moderate alignment issues.
Visit us at Sunny Smiles Kids Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics for a consultation for braces in Del Mar, CA.