Removable braces have a number of advantages over fixed braces so at Metamorphosis Orthodontics, we’re often asked if removable braces are suitable for children.
Children and teens are anxious about anything that makes them stand out, such as crooked, twisted or gappy teeth. Ironically, some traditional, fixed braces - complete with metal brackets - are so noticeable they can make your child feel even more self-conscious.
Removable braces for children, meanwhile, are much less noticeable and they can be taken out for things like eating, brushing teeth and playing sport.
There are two main types of removable braces for children and teens.
Removable braces for “interceptive treatment” can sometimes be used to treat simple problems in younger children (aged from about 7-11).
They consist of a plastic plate that covers the roof of the mouth and metal wire that clips on to a small number of your child’s front teeth. They are usually worn for a period of several months. These relatively inexpensive braces can carry out only limited teeth movements. They are sometimes used to expand the jaw to create more space for teeth to grow. Download our free Teeth Straightening Guide For Kids to learn more.
Some teens, meanwhile, may be suitable for Invisalign Teen clear plastic aligners.
They are tailor made for your child who will wear each set for about two weeks. Each set of aligners slowly but surely moves the teeth towards their final position. Invisalign aligners are almost invisible and no one need know your child is having treatment, which is perfect for self-conscious youngsters.
Invisalign removable braces can be just as effective as fixed braces for the most common teeth straightening cases such as overbite, underbite, crossbite and crowded teeth.
For anything more complex, your orthodontist will usually recommend fixed braces with metal brackets or ceramic/porcelain brackets.
Invisalign, which should be worn for at least 22 hours a day for maximum effect, can be more expensive than fixed braces but it depends on the individual case.
The average treatment times for both are similar - most people need to wear braces for about two years but severe cases can take longer.
The best choice for your child will depend on the nature of their orthodontic problems.
Want to find out more?
Download our free Teeth Straightening Guide For Kids or click below to book a FREE consultation.