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Braces for Kids and Teens
Sherman Oaks, CA

A young girl with braces from Dougherty Orthodontics smiling with a young boy in Sherman Oaks, CA.Dental problems can cause your child to feel unattractive and greatly diminish their confidence. This can lead to several problems as they are growing up. Luckily, with orthodontic solutions such as braces, you can help to fix your child's dental problems, allowing them to enjoy a happy and fulfilling life. At Dougherty Orthodontics, we offer braces and aligners for kids and teens, which are designed to fix various orthodontic problems your child might be suffering from.

Does Your Child Require Braces?

Kids and teenagers may require braces to fix orthodontic problems such as crooked teeth, misaligned teeth, a misaligned jaw, and bite problems. Fixing these dental issues help to spare your child a lot of pain, discomfort, and even embarrassment as they are growing up. It is also a huge investment in their future dental health, as it helps them to get healthy, strong, and attractive teeth.

Aside from that, braces for kids and teens help to treat dental problems while they are still at their onset. This stops the problems before they become worse or lead to additional dental problems. On top of that, early orthodontic treatment using braces can help to save money – braces treatments are more expensive for adults.

Types of Braces for Kids and Teens

There are several types of braces that are available for kids and teenagers. Below is a look at some of them:
•  Metal Braces. Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces you will come across. They are made of metal brackets, which are connected by an archwire and rubber bands. For kids and teenagers, the rubber bands for these braces are available in a wide range of colors, which makes them pleasing and fun for your child or teenager to wear.
•  Ceramic Braces. While metal braces are common (due to affordability and the fact that they have been around for a long time), they are not very pleasing aesthetically. As a result, they can cause more self-confidence issues for your kid. However, an alternative is available in the form of ceramic braces, which come with a tooth-like ceramic material that makes them barely noticeable.
•  Clear Aligners. Clear aligners, such as Invisalign, are another option available for kids and teenagers. Usually, these aligners come with clear plastic trays that are subtle as well as attractive. The material of them is also more comfortable compared to metal or ceramic materials. On top of that, they are removable, which allows removal when performing tasks such as brushing, flossing, and eating. However, the fact that they are removable can make them a less-than-ideal option for kids.

Dental Hygiene and Caring for The Braces

One of the major issues with braces is dental hygiene. The metal brackets, archwire, rubber bands, and plastic trays of braces make it hard to properly clean the mouth. On top of that, they create pockets where food particles, plaque, and oral bacteria can accumulate.

For kids and teenagers, this can be a disaster, as it can lead to several dental hygiene problems such as oral infection, gum tissue infection, gum disease, tooth decay, cavities, and staining.

To prevent this, you should ensure that your child practices proper oral hygiene. Proper maintenance of the braces should also be carried out to increase their effectiveness. You can manage this by ensuring that your child or teenager:
•  Brushes after every meal.
•  Flosses at least once daily.
•  Rinses the mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash.
•  Properly cleans the braces, if they are removable.

On top of that, you can schedule regular professional dental cleaning sessions to help get rid of any plaque and tartar that have accumulated.

Is your kid or teenager suffering from orthodontic problems? We, Dougherty Orthodontics, can help you. Call us today at (747) 264-5164 to find out more about braces for kids and teenagers.

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