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Dental Conditions in Children and Types of Braces They Could Need

Parrish Orthodontics provides dental and orthodontic diagnosis for children and will work with parents to formulate individualized treatment plans so that their kids will be able to have bright and beautiful smiles! So, wondering if your children have dental conditions and require treatment? Here are a few useful nuggets of information regarding kids’ dental health and the types of braces they might need:

Children’s Dental Conditions 101

Have you noticed the following dental conditions in your kids?

– Openbites from thumb or finger sucking habits

– Crowding of teeth

– Underbite and/or crossbite

If you have, it might be time for a visit to Parrish Orthodontics. By consulting an orthodontist, a treatment plan will be developed to keep your child’s teeth and health in the best possible condition.

Early examinations for your kids is essential in detecting the onset of dental or orthidontic issues and beginning prompt treatment that will prevent these conditions from progressing and even worsening to the point where more extensive measures are necessary.

Thankfully, Parrish Orthodontics offers free consultations. With these, parents can speak with a dentist or orthodontist and see if their children have conditions that require intervention. During these consultations, the hour-long session includes taking pictures and panoramic X-rays of the patient’s dentition. If intervention is required, the dentist and orthodontist will determine a personalized treatment plan to best suit the patient’s needs, involving the parents and their children in the planning process. If treatments are unnecessary, the consultation, pictures and X-rays will serve as useful reference for future visits.

The Many Different Types of Braces for Orthodontic Patients

Thinking of getting braces? There are several types of braces offered at Parrish Orthodontics. These help improve the look and feel of your smile. The varieties include:

Ceramic braces

Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns.

Self-ligating braces

Made from the same materials as traditional braces. Self-ligating braces come with traditional metal, ceramic, or clear brackets. A specialized clip in place of elastics help the archwire guide teeth into place. This is a good choice for some patients.

Invisible braces

Clear aligners are a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable acrylic trays that straighten your teeth like braces. Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, plus brushing and flossing are less of a hassle. 

Traditional metal braces

These are the most common type of braces, and they are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. Patients have the option of adding colored elastics for a more unique and colorful smile.

Want to see if your kids require dental or orthodontic treatment? 

Contact us today to schedule a consultation.