Learn About Braces for Kids

Braces CT - Braces for Kids & TeensThe simple fact is that nearly 75 percent of all kids and teens have some type of problem when their adult teeth have "grown in" - typically between the ages of 10 - 13.

Some teeth may be crooked, or too crowded, or have too much space between them.  Or, they may have an overbite or underbite, as well as other types of "malocclusion" (bad bite) which can range from minor to severe.

Since a healthy, beautiful smile is one of the building blocks of self-esteem and self-confidence, more than 3.5 million children and teens begin orthodontic treatment (usually braces) each year.

Types of Braces

Today's braces are lighter, stronger, and more comfortable than the braces of even ten years ago.  Standard braces come in a wide range of materials but may be broken down into two general categories.

Traditional, Clear, and Invisble Braces from Dr. Allan S. Phillips D.D.S. Orthodontics, CT Braces

Traditional Braces:  Typically made from stainless steel, or stainless steel mixed with titanium, these are the time tested method for orthodontic correction.  They are now lighter, however, and also may be colored (a favorite among teens).  Most children will use these types of braces.

Invisible braces:  Recent advancements in orthodontics has allowed us to offer a whole range of "invisible braces" ranging from clear plastic traditional braces to true "Invisble braces" - a system of custom fitted retainers that are nearly invisible but will help re-align your teeth.  While these are occassionally used in teens - they are far more common with adults. 

Why Should My Child Get Braces?

Orthodontic care should be started early. In addition to a beautiful smile, there are a wide range of other benefits to wearing corrective dental braces.  Your child will be able to bite and chew more effectively, and even speak more clearly.  Properly aligned teeth and jaws promote better gum health, overall dental health, and discourage the early onset of serious dental problems.

When Should My Child Get Braces? 

Children's physical development is varied, as is the "optimum" age for getting braces and orthodontic work done.  It's not a bad idea to have your first visit to an orthodontist as early as age 7-8.  This is not the time for braces, but the orthodontist can give you a good idea of whether your child will need braces, and when to begin.

In general, pre teen (10-12) and early teen (13-14) are the prime ages for wearing braces but it is not unusual to see mid teen kids wearing them as well.

How Long Will The Braces Stay On? 

Dr. Allan S. Phillips D.D.S. Orthodontics are specialists in traditional and invisible bracesThere's no single answer.  The time each person will wear their braces depends on how much correction (and what type of correction) is needed.  Generally, at least a year, and often a lttle bit more.  We can predict lenth of treatment more effectively after your first visit. Advances in technology continue to shorten the length of time children will wear braces.

Recent advancements with colored braces (and the ability to change colors during treatment in case you just have to have Halloween colors) has made wearing braces a bit more fashionable.  Today's braces are 50% lighter than braces in use just 10-15 years ago, but stronger, making them easier and more comfortable to wear while shortening total treatment time.

There are two phases to treatment.  The Active Phase is when the child is actually wearing braces. The Retention Phase is after the braces are removed, and typically involves the use of a dental retainer to help maintain the corrective action.

How do I get started with Braces CT?

Simply contact BracesCT / Dr. Allan S. Phillips D.D.S. Orthodontics at the location nearest or most convenient for you, or email us.  We'll explain our diagnosis and treatment process, and arrange for your first visit.  We look forward to seeing you and helping your child achieve a beautiful, life-long smile. 

Braces CT / Dr. Allan S. Phillips D.D.S. Orthodontics is a member in good standing of the ADA, AOA, and Connecticut Dental Society.