A Guide on Types of Pediatric Braces

A Guide on Types of Pediatric Braces
A Guide on Types of Pediatric Braces | Junior Smiles of Stafford

Pediatric braces, Invisalign, and other aligners for children’s teeth during the transitional period between milk teeth and permanent teeth are the most prevalent orthodontic and children’s dental problems such as abnormal bite and crowded teeth. 

Specialists in pediatric orthodontics and dentistry are well-versed in the unique needs of children. Junior Smiles of Stafford is not a conventional orthodontic clinic. Therefore, they can cater to the mood changes of their young patients and provide support throughout the treatment process.

How Do Braces Work?

The teeth are then subjected to pressure by an archwire. The constant pressure exerted by braces over an extended period moves the teeth. Over time, your jaw adapts to this pressure. 

The wire is held in place by a series of short, generally brightly colored knots. Orthodontists recommend that patients come in every six to eight weeks for wire adjustments and new ties.

Types of Pediatric Braces

Ceramic braces

A type of orthodontic treatment for children, ceramic braces adhere brackets to the teeth in the same way as regular braces. 

Conversely, ceramic braces are made of transparent materials instead of metal, making them less noticeable than other types of braces. There is an archwire that connects the brackets, and rubber bands hold the archwire in place.

Ceramic braces, like traditional braces, necessitate regular visits to the orthodontist for adjustments. During your child’s monthly appointment, the orthodontist will modify the wires and bands to properly position your child’s teeth. The treatment with ceramic braces lasts from one to three years, just like with traditional braces.

Lingual braces

In general, lingual braces are less well-known than other orthodontic treatments for kids. This type of brace is placed behind the teeth.

To manufacture lingual braces, the orthodontist will take an impression of your child’s teeth. Each handmade bracket takes about six weeks to make. An orthodontist then bonds brackets to the back of your child’s teeth.

You can now choose from a variety of lingual braces. Your child’s orthodontist is the best person to ask about treatment options.


With Invisalign, your child’s teeth aren’t linked to the device, allowing them greater freedom. Removeable and clear aligners are used in the Invisalign system. Using a series of custom-made aligners, your child’s teeth are gently moved into place over time. Eat, drink, brush, and floss with your child’s aligners out.

Your child’s orthodontist will use a scanner to make 3D scans of your child’s teeth to fit your child with Invisalign. A treatment plan will be drawn up so that you can see how long your child will need to wear Invisalign.

Your child will receive a set of personalized aligners based on the 3D photos. Invisalign, like other forms of orthodontic treatment for children, requires frequent checkups. New sets of aligners are given to your child every week or two weeks, although they may only need to see their orthodontist every six to eight weeks.

Before deciding on Invisalign for your child, be sure they are mature enough to be responsible for their aligners. Incorrect or missing aligners might delay treatment and increase costs.

Frequently Asked Questions about Pediatric Braces


What are the benefits of pediatric braces?

A healthy and functional bite is the main goal of any orthodontic treatment so that the teeth and jaws can function as nature intended. In addition to improving dental hygiene and overall health, it also results in a more appealing smile, including:

  • Improving your kid’s ability to chew food
  • Improving your kid’s speech
  • Preventing bone erosion
  • Helping avoid gum disease and tooth decay
  • Helping avoid tooth chipping
  • Improving facial symmetry
  • Improving your kid’s self-confidence

What is the best age for children to get braces?

Whether it comes to when a child should have braces, age isn’t the sole determining factor, but some general rules are true in most cases. On the other hand, most orthodontists agree that children should get braces between the ages of 10 and 14 years old to maximize their orthodontic potential.

Young age is ideal for getting braces since they can relocate teeth and correct a person’s bite. The timing of braces is influenced by the fact that most children have all of their permanent teeth by this age.

For braces to be most effective, the child must have most of their permanent teeth.

Read More: Dental Braces: What’s the Best Age to Get One?

How do pediatric braces cost? 

Millions of people in the United States seek orthodontic treatment each year to improve their smiles. 

The average cost of braces for youngsters is between $3,000 and $7,000. There’s no one-size-fits-all price for braces, and the cost might vary widely depending on several factors. Braces might be expensive, but there are several methods to save money and keep your child happy.

Why Choose Junior Smiles of Stafford?

Our Stafford, VA team is well-versed in working with clients of various ages and backgrounds. They’ll take the time to get to know you and your family’s requirements, and they’ll work with you to design a treatment plan that suits your schedule. Sealants and fluoride treatments are just two of the many preventative care options we provide to keep your mouth healthy.

About Us

Visiting Junior Smiles of Stafford means you’re in good hands when it comes to receiving high-quality care. Your child’s dental health improves with each visit, ensuring a brighter smile for years to come. We adhere to the ADA and AAPD’s guidelines for best practices. 

Where Are We Located?

963 Garrisonville Rd #103

Stafford, VA 22556

Phone: (540) 699-2441

Fax: (540) 699-2464

Email: info@juniorsmilesofstafford.com


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