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All about Braces

January 12, 2015
Posted By: Dr. Natasha

It’s very common for kids to be getting adult teeth that aren’t growing in straight. Crooked teeth, overbites, and under bites are all common problems that can distract from having the perfect smile. Braces are the solution to these problems. They might seem just as unsightly and annoying as a crooked smile, but recent advances have made them better than in previous years and the long-term benefits they provide easily outweigh their look and discomfort. If you think that your child might need braces in the near future, here’s a run down of what to expect.

Today’s Braces

Compared to traditional braces, today’s gear is much smaller and much more efficient. They also come with rubber bands in multiple colors to help kids individualize their braces and make them more fun and appealing.

Previously annoying threaders were often necessary for flossing, but specialized flossers are now available that will allow kids to more easily get between the wires. What’s even better than these minor advances are new invisible braces, which are installed behind teeth, completely concealing them from view.

Care With Braces

Even if braces are working to correct problems, they can create new issues for your child’s oral health. Braces make it possible for plaque to attach easier to the surface of a tooth, making it all the more important that brushing and flossing become a regular part of your child’s routine, especially after every meal.

When you have braces, it’s important to use fluoride toothpaste and use a brushing technique that will reach all parts of your teeth. It’s also a good idea to inspect your braces thoroughly and make sure nothing has gotten trapped that could stay close to the enamel for a long period of time.

Everyone wants the perfect smile, and even if braces come with some inconveniences, they’re well worth the time and investment in the end. If you are worried that your child might be developing crooked teeth, talk to your pediatric dentist about the options available. If braces end up being the best solution, make sure to look into all the different styles to find something your child will be comfortable with and help them to stay on top of keeping them spotless.

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