What kind of braces should your child get? Traditional? Lingual? Invisalign? If you think your child might need braces, the first step you need to take is to consult with an orthodontist. After a short examination and consultation, the orthodontist will be able to tell you if you should go ahead with braces, and if so, what kind. Take note that the cost of Invisalign braces for kids might be higher than the cost of other types of braces.
There are several different types of braces, most of which involve metal. The severity of the kid’s teeth condition and the differences in cost are the top factors taken under consideration when people and their orthodontists decide what kind of braces they should get.
Traditional braces are made of metal. They’re the least expensive and often the most effective. Most of the time metal braces are made from stainless steel; sometimes they are plated in gold, if the patient is allergic to steel or just like the way the gold looks. However, this can get costly, since real gold is used.
Ceramic braces are basically identical to metal braces in appearance but are less likely to leave the sort of marks on the teeth metal ones can. They also usually need to stay on the teeth longer than metal ones and are costlier.
Lingual braces have been developed more recently. They’re basically just an inverted version of the common metal type; the brackets are bonded to the back of the teeth instead of the fronts. These are more desirable because the braces aren’t noticeable, but many patients have to take some time getting used to speaking and eating with the lingual braces in.
All these braces work in generally the same way. The newest development in teeth-alignment technology is Invisalign, a series of clear “trays” that are placed over the teeth and should be worn for 20-22 hours each day. They can be removed during meals and while brushing teeth. They are the most expensive type of braces, partially because of the many custom-molded trays the patient needs and because unlike with metal braces, visits to the orthodontist must be scheduled every two weeks.