Does Your Child Need Braces?

At Timber Kids Dentistry & Orthodontics, we have a team of pediatric dental specialists and orthodontists who are committed to making your child feel at ease during every visit to the dentist. In some cases, one of these visits may end up with a treatment protocol that includes braces. If your child needs braces, you are in the right place! Our orthodontists have many options to fit your family's budget and your child's comfort level.

For most families, metal braces (or traditional braces) will be the best option. Metal braces are wire-based appliances that orthodontists use to correct misaligned teeth or jaws to produce an even bite and pleasing smile. Patients struggling with crowded or gapped teeth may be suitable candidates for braces. Traditional braces are made of metal, but some are ceramic or plastic-based. All braces are designed to be a comfortable solution for patients looking to straighten their teeth.

The Metal Braces Process

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At your consultation, your orthodontist will determine if metal braces are right for you. First, your orthodontist will examine your jaw, gums, and teeth to check for gaps, crowding, and misalignment. They will also discuss your smile goals and develop a treatment plan made just for you.

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Impressions and Digital Imaging

Your orthodontist will then take a series of X-rays of your mouth as well as a mold of your teeth, known as an impression. Your orthodontist may make adjustments to ensure your teeth are properly aligning on the mold. Once this is complete, your orthodontist will use the data gathered from the images and impressions to create your metal braces.

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To secure your metal braces, your orthodontist will dry and prepare your teeth to make the tooth surface ideal for bonding. Next, the braces will be attached to your teeth using a special adhesive and curing light to set the bond. Your orthodontist will then thread the metal wire through the brackets and hold it in place with ligature bands.

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Fitting and Next Steps

Once your braces are securely placed, your orthodontist will check for proper fitting to ensure maximum comfort. You’ll schedule a follow-up appointment with your orthodontist every 4-8 weeks to monitor progress, replace bands, and swap out the metal archwire for a new set. During these checkups, you can select new colors to let your smile shine in style.

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On your last day of treatment, your orthodontist will remove the brackets, clean each tooth, and give you a retainer to help your teeth preserve their new positions. Your orthodontist will also equip you with detailed instructions on how to care for your smile so it can stay strong and straight for life.

Traditional Braces

Traditional braces are made of medical-grade stainless steel brackets and archwires that straighten your teeth over time. These popular aligners are oftentimes more affordable than other braces and are best suited for patients experiencing severe tooth and jaw misalignment.

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Alternatives to Braces

For older, responsible patients who want a solution with more flexibility that is less noticeable, we will recommend Invisalign treatment. Invisalign is clear and can be removed as needed, but Invisalign treatment requires self-discipline and is not recommended for younger patients.

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