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A Modern-Day Parent’s Guide to Orthodontics for Kids

As parents, we want our children to have a healthy and confident smile. As children are growing, it is common to encounter problems with teeth, especially as their adult teeth emerge. This could include gaps and misalignment, crowded teeth, crossbites and more. If left untreated, these issues can make teeth more difficult to clean, increasing the risk of decay, as well as having an effect on a child’s self-esteem. Treating these issues is no longer limited to traditional metal braces, and there is now a range of modern treatments to correct children’s teeth. Here’s a guide to kids orthodontics for modern parents.

Traditional Braces

Still a great option for correcting teeth, traditional braces consist of a set of wires and bands that are attached to metal brackets on the teeth. Over time, the tightening of the wires gently shifts teeth into a better position. While effective, the downside of traditional braces is that some children don’t find them aesthetically pleasing to wear. This may be especially significant for self-conscious teenagers. On the other hand, many children have started to embrace their “braces era”. It’s never a bad idea to ask your child what they think! Braces tend to require careful cleaning, both to remove food debris and to minimize potentially damaging the wires.

Ceramic Braces

For those who need a more discreet way of straightening teeth, ceramic braces offer the same benefits as traditional braces, yet the brackets are made with a tooth-colored ceramic material. This makes them less noticeable to wear than metal braces, yet they can be more vulnerable to staining.

Lingual Braces

The benefit of using lingual braces is that they are unnoticeable in their appearance because they are fixed to the back of the teeth, rather than the front. They work in the same way as other types of braces, however, they may require more frequent adjustments by your orthodontist and the results may take a little longer to achieve.

Another thing to consider when choosing lingual braces is that they may not feel as comfortable to wear, and may take time for your child to get used to.


This method of straightening teeth is popular for teenagers. Instead of braces that are fixed to teeth, Invisalign is a custom-made aligner that is worn over the teeth. Much like braces, the pressure gently moves teeth into a more desirable position over time.

There are many benefits of using Invisalign over braces, especially for children who may feel self-conscious about their appearance. Made from a clear material, Invisalign is almost invisible when worn. Because they are fitted over the teeth, Invisalign can be completely removed when needed, such as for cleaning. Being easier to clean means that children’s teeth are less prone to plaque formation and decay.

Choosing the Right Orthodontic Treatment for Your Child

When it comes to modern orthodontic treatments, there is plenty to choose from to achieve a great smile. The best choice for your child will depend on their specific circumstances and preferences. Your orthodontist will be able to advise you and your child on the range of treatments available and what results they will bring.

If you are looking for more advice on orthodontic treatments for children, our orthodontists in North Vancouver are here to help. Get in touch today.

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