An Excellent, Affordable Choice to Create Your Beautiful Smile

Is your child or teen ready to align their smile?

With several options available, traditional metal braces and ceramic braces remain a popular choice due to their affordability and beautiful results.

Here’s what you need to know.

Metal & Ceramic Braces

Metal braces are the most affordable type of braces, making them a continually popular choice. While types of braces like Invisalign and ceramic braces offer their own advantages, it’s tough to beat cost saving metal orthodontics. Metal braces involve brackets attached to the front of your teeth that have bands designed to fit around every tooth. Wires are used for holding brackets and bands together. Rubber bands are also sometimes used in order to link brackets to wires. They create pressure that will eventually realign and shape your teeth.

Ceramic braces move teeth just as efficiently as metal braces, except the brackets are clear, so they are less noticeable. They are most popular with adult patients due to their cosmetic appeal.


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Who Needs Them?

Because of their cost-effectiveness, metal braces and ceramic braces are often a popular choice for teens. They may be able to choose different colored brackets and wires to celebrate holidays or express themselves.

Your dentist should be able to tell you whether or not your child needs to pay a visit to an orthodontist. However, there are usually some telltale signs.

Children or adults with visibly crowded or crooked teeth, teeth that don’t close properly, or gaps between their teeth could benefit from braces. They are used to treat problems such as overbites, underbites, and misaligned jaws. Braces are also used for correcting overcrowding, uneven spacing, and open bites.

What Can You Expect When You Visit the Orthodontist?

When your child has their first trip to the orthodontist, Dr. Schwendeman will examine their teeth, mouth, and jaw much as a dentist will. We will then recommend treatment based upon his evaluation. Our team may also take an impression of your teeth so we can create a mold.

During the next trip, your dentist will place braces in your child’s mouth using a special adhesive. You’ll get special instructions on foods to avoid while you’re wearing braces. These include hard candy, pizza crust, and bagels. Caring for teeth with braces is similar in that your child will need to brush, floss, and rinse as usual.

Once your child has braces, you’ll return for visits every four to eight weeks so your orthodontist can adjust the braces and make sure your child’s teeth are aligning. When the treatment is complete, your orthodontist will remove the braces and polish your child’s smile. Get ready to see some beautiful new pearly whites!

What Are the Benefits of Braces

The benefits of braces extend far beyond your child’s beautiful, straight new smile.

With better-aligned teeth, your child’s overall oral health will improve. This means they will have a lower chance of developing gum diseases such as gingivitis or periodontitis. And with less food getting stuck between teeth, there is less of a risk of cavities.

After your child’s teeth are corrected by braces, they’ll also find it easier to brush and floss. It’s a great way to improve oral hygiene habits, which can eliminate bad breath. 

If your child has a speech impediment because of bite problems, braces can correct it. They can also help to reduce any grinding and chipping of teeth that could result from an uneven bite. 

A straighter smile can increase your child’s confidence and self-esteem. Most parents find that the investment pays off as soon as braces come off!

Smiling On

Metal and ceramic braces offer tremendous benefits to young people that include a beautiful smile, improved oral health, and confidence. With a little research and the right orthodontist, your child could have perfect pearly whites in no time.

For an excellent orthodontist in your area, contact us today.