Braces for Kids

braces for kids

Have you ever thought that your kids need braces? Probably you have several questions terrorizing your mind, that why we’ve decided to compile a complete guide to kids braces. Braces for your children’s teeth treatment are available in various types. These include the traditional metals braces and modern styles invisible braces. We are going to cover the benefits of orthodontics as well as explain types of kids’ braces.

Kids’ Age to Have Orthodontic Braces

Though braces can straight child teeth at any age, they work more perfectly on the growing and forming teeth. Treatment often begins just when the adult teeth have erupted. Thus it’s about 10-14 years. However, some children can start treatment an early age in case there is a medical proven reason.

Using braces for early treatment of the kid’s teeth may help in the following ways:

• Reducing prominent teeth injury risk
• Creating space for the erupting teeth
• Improvements in facial aesthetics.
• Reduction of chances of teeth impacting under the gums.
• Moving the teeth into the appropriate position as they erupt.
• Jawbone growth guidance

However, this doesn’t mean all children should start treatment at an early age but they can wait until the adult teeth start erupting.

Visiting an Orthodontist

Ensure you take your child to orthodontist after every six months for a general health check-up as well as the teeth development. In case there is more concern about this, the dentist will refer you to the orthodontist to correct jaw and tooth alignment problem, and fix your kids’ crooked teeth.

Noticing Your Child Need Braces

In case your child is experiencing the following signs, it’s a signal that your kid needs braces.

noticing your child need braces• Having crowded teeth
• Experiencing difficulty in eating and biting
• Thumb sucking
• Teeth that don’t make contact
• Often biting their cheeks
• Losing teeth early or late
• Teeth coming in the wrong position

Kids Braces Types


Traditional metal braces for children are still popular braces. They are also a better option for private treatment because they are cheap.

Ceramic (Clear and tooth–colored)

They function almost the same with metal braces but not easy to notice them due to the material used to make them. These braces blend well with teeth since they come in clear or tooth-colored material. But the wire is still metal but can be covered with a colored coating.

colored braces

Lingual (Incognito)

These braces use wires as well as brackets but are tacked out behind the teeth, just next to the teeth. Their positioning makes them hard to spot. They are better for children fearing to bully.


They can be used even by children aged 11, in case they lost all their teeth. They provide a special way to straighten the teeth.

Wearing a Retainer

All the above-named braces their main job is to move the teeth to a new location. While the retainer purpose is to make them intact after treatment.