Orthodontic care has become, for many, a rite of passage in American culture. The numbers support this. Each year in the United States, nine million people get braces, most of whom are kids. You may be surprised to learn that orthodontic appliances can be especially effective in younger children because their bones are more malleable and receptive to adjustments.
Another modern aspect of orthodontics is how braces have evolved. The traditional method of metal brackets bonded to teeth and connected by wires is now accompanied by a new approach: the clear aligner tray. We offer both options at All Smiles Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry, but we want you to understand the differences between these treatment options.
Clear Aligners Are Removeable for Eating and Cleaning
While conventional brackets and wire braces have improved, now available with ceramic brackets and colorful connectors, one thing won't change. They are cemented to your child's teeth, only to be removed when the treatment ends.
In contrast, clear aligner trays come in and out with ease. This removability allows your child to eat and drink without interference, and even more importantly, don't obstruct their toothbrush and dental floss. However, because they must be worn for 20-22 hours per day for expected results, removability can be a risk. If your child elects not to wear their aligners as directed, their treatment will suffer.
Conventional Braces Correct More Pronounced Conditions
Patients report that clear aligners are comfortable and attractive, but they can't correct all teeth alignment issues. This means that if your child's teeth need to move in certain directions, the conventional option may be the best or even the only option.
Among our goals to promote the best possible dental care for your child is to offer such a complete array of options that we don't need to push a treatment that may not work as well. Another advantage is that we can offer all treatments, from routine dentistry to emergency care. So with us, you can find all the dental services you need in one place.
Modern and Traditional Braces with Children's Orthodontics in Corona, CA
If you're considering braces for your child, we're here to help. Our dental team will discuss all available options and include an estimate concerning the length of treatment and other factors. So don't hesitate to contact our dental office to start your child on the path to a straighter smile.