What Are the Best Kinds of Braces for Kids?

If your child’s teeth are crooked or crowded, don’t worry. At Ragan Orthodontics in Dallas, TX, we can use many different types of braces for kids to straighten your child’s teeth and give them a beautiful smile. Wearing braces will also decrease your child’s risk of developing dental problems for the whole of the rest of their life.

What Are the Best Kinds of Braces for Kids?

In the past, orthodontists had to use metal braces and cumbersome headgear devices to correct children’s bite issues and other problems. Fortunately, there have been significant orthodontic advances during the last several decades. Today, we can use many different kinds of braces and other orthodontic devices to correct your child’s teeth issues. Read on to learn about the best kinds of braces for kids.

Ceramic Braces

If your child would feel embarrassed wearing noticeable braces on their teeth, they may be a good candidate for ceramic braces. This type of braces uses small, clear brackets to improve your child’s teeth. These discreet brackets are resistant to stains and other types of damage.

Lingual Braces

If your child doesn’t want anyone to see their braces, they may benefit from getting lingual braces. Since these braces are attached to the back of your child’s teeth, their classmates and friends will not be able to see any change.

Metal Braces

There have been a number of developments that make traditional metal braces more comfortable and effective. For example, a special technology called Metal Injection Molding will allow us to provide your child with small, comfortable brackets.

In addition, we can customize your child’s braces by allowing them to choose certain elements of their braces. For example, they might be able to choose the colors of their elastic bands. Many children enjoy expressing their creativity during this part of their orthodontic treatments.

Carriere Self-Ligating Bracket System

This special system uses advanced techniques to quickly improve your child’s teeth. We will use special brackets and wires to enhance your child’s smile. The system will reduce the amount of pressure that is applied to your child’s teeth. As a result, this system is much more comfortable than traditional braces. In addition, your child will not have to attend so many appointments at our office in Dallas.


If your child would like to use a discreet teeth-straightening option, they might be a good candidate for Invisalign. During this orthodontic treatment, your child will wear plastic aligners in their mouth. These aligners are very discreet, and your child’s friends, classmates, and teachers are unlikely to notice these orthodontic devices. In addition, your child will be able to remove these aligners during birthday parties, school photographs, and other special events.

We will create aligners that are designed to address your child’s unique orthodontic needs. Your child will need to begin wearing a new set of aligners every two weeks. Your child will also need to visit our office for regular appointments so that we can monitor their progress and make adjustments to their aligners.

What Types of Orthodontic Issues Can My Child Fix by Wearing Braces?

Our range of braces for kids can correct many different orthodontic problems.

Crooked Teeth

You probably already know that braces can be used to give your child a straighter smile. However, you might not know that straightening your child’s teeth will also improve their health. Having crooked teeth can make it more difficult for your child to maintain good oral hygiene. Straightening your child’s teeth will fix this problem and reduce their risk of experiencing dental problems in the future.

Bite Problems

If your child has an overbite or an underbite, they may have difficulty speaking clearly and chewing food. Braces are a great way to correct these bite problems.

Crowded Teeth

If your child has crowding issues, they are likely to have difficulty flossing and brushing their teeth. We can use braces and other orthodontic methods to fix these problems and create adequate amounts of space between your child’s teeth.

When Should I Begin My Child’s Orthodontic Treatment?

It’s a good idea to begin your child’s orthodontic treatment at an early age. If you begin this process when your child is young, your child’s orthodontic treatment may be shorter, easier, and less expensive.

Scheduling Your Child’s Initial Appointment

In general, we will advise you to schedule your child’s first orthodontic appointment when they are seven years old. At this point, we can examine your child’s teeth and see if they are likely to experience orthodontic issues in the future. For example, we can determine if they are likely to develop bite issues and overcrowded teeth.

Receiving Early Orthodontic Treatment

Depending on the condition of your child’s teeth, we may use special techniques to begin their orthodontic treatment. These techniques can reduce the amount of time that your child will need to spend wearing braces.

For example, if we believe that your child’s permanent teeth will be overcrowded, we may advise your child to use a palate expander to fix this issue. We may also use thumb guards and other techniques to help your child stop sucking on their thumb or engaging in other harmful habits.

Getting Braces

In general, your child will receive braces when they are between the ages of ten and fourteen. At this point, your child’s head and mouth will be developing, and their teeth will be able to quickly respond to this orthodontic treatment. Further, your child will be old enough to follow our instructions and care for their braces.

How Should I Help My Child Prepare for Their Braces?

Your child may be very excited to receive braces and begin the process of improving their teeth. That said, it’s also normal for your child to feel nervous about this process. Fortunately, you can use a number of techniques to prepare your child for their braces.

Explain the Process

Your child will feel more confident if they know what to expect when they receive their braces. You could educate your child by showing them child-friendly videos about braces and other orthodontic treatments. In addition, you and your child could visit our office before your first official appointment. We can talk to your child and help them feel more comfortable about the next step in their orthodontic treatment.

Discuss the Benefits

If your child understands the benefits of their braces, they will be more likely to take good care of their teeth and cooperate during their treatment. Accordingly, you should explain how braces will straighten their teeth and decrease their chances of experiencing cavities, tooth decay, and other problems in the future.

It’s also a good idea to make sure that your child understands that their braces are a temporary orthodontic treatment. To explain the length of this treatment in terms that your child will understand, you could tell them that their braces will come off when they reach a certain age or graduate from a specific grade in school.

Encourage Questions

You should encourage your child to ask us questions during their orthodontic appointments. We will address their concerns in a gentle, child-friendly manner.

Provide Practical Support

Candies, caramels, and other hard or chewy snacks and treats can damage your child’s braces and increase the length and cost of their treatment. To avoid these problems, you should make sure that your child understands why they need to make adjustments to their diet. Further, you can help your child stick to these rules by purchasing snacks that everyone in the family can enjoy.

In addition to adjusting their diet, your child will need to learn how to deal with their wires and brackets when they are brushing and flossing their teeth. You can help your child accomplish this task by purchasing a soft-bristled toothbrush, dental floss, and other accessories that we recommend during your child’s appointments.

Will My Child Need To Use Headgear To Correct Their Teeth Issues?

In the past, children who had severe bite problems used uncomfortable headgear to fix these issues. These children often felt very awkward and uncomfortable while they were wearing these devices. Further, they may have been teased by their classmates and friends.

Fortunately, there’s no need for your child to endure this discomfort while we are correcting their teeth. If your child has more serious orthodontic issues, they may need to use a Carrier Distalizer to fix these problems. The Carriere Distalizer uses elastic bands to start the process of improving your child’s bite. Typically, your child will need to wear this device for a couple of months before they receive their braces.

How Can I Help My Child Stop Sucking Their Thumb?

Before your child receives braces for kids, they may need to stop sucking on their thumb. Although thumb sucking is a very normal childhood habit, this behavior can negatively affect your child’s teeth. If your child continues to suck their thumb, they could develop teeth problems and other health challenges. We can use a thumb guard or thumb crib appliance to help your child break this habit.

Thumb Guard

We can use a device called TGuard to stop your child from sucking on their thumbs or fingers. Your child will need to wear their TGuard over their thumbs or fingers. This device will prevent your child from feeling a soothing sensation when they suck on their thumb. When your child stops feeling this sensation, they will learn to use other methods to comfort themselves.

You can use a special locking mechanism to ensure that your child wears their TGuard for a sufficient amount of time. This mechanism will also prevent your child from accidentally losing this device while they are at school or participating in an extracurricular activity. As a result, you won’t have to pay for a replacement device for your child.

Thumb Crib Appliance

We can also a thumb crib appliance to break your child’s thumb-sucking habit. We will attach this appliance to your child’s upper teeth. Once we have placed this device in your child’s mouth, they will not be able to put their thumb onto the gums behind their teeth. As a result, they will not be able to soothe themselves by sucking on their fingers or thumbs.

Schedule a Consultation

You don’t want your child to go through life with crooked teeth, crowded teeth, or other orthodontic issues. We can use ceramic braces, metal braces, and other types of braces for kids to address these problems and give your child a straight, healthy smile. To schedule a consultation for your child, contact us at Ragan Orthodontics in Dallas, TX.

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Looking for an orthodontist near me in Dallas, TX? Orthodontist Dr. Michael Ragan at Ragan Orthodontics specializes in state of the art braces and Invisalign aligners. Services include early orthodontic treatment for children, and full orthodontic treatment for teens, and adult orthodontics. Visit our convenient location today in Dallas, TX.