Dental Braces: New and Improved
Dental braces are devices that attach to teeth to gradually move them by the action of wires, rubber bands, or other appliances. Most children get braces between the ages of 8 and 14, but we recommend that your child have a consultation by the age of seven.
There are many more orthodontic options today for kids than there were even ten years ago. Today, braces don't have to be an embarrassing rite of passage; in fact, some kids say that getting braces today is a fun fashion statement!
Braces come in metal and clear forms and there is also the Invisalign® option. See the article on Invisalign here.
You probably know that you can choose the colors you want to enhance your braces. Lots of colors are available: both vivid and bright colors or more subdued colors, depending on your mood or to suit your style. So many kids enjoy using the colors available for metal braces that we rarely, if ever, use the clear ones.
As you may or may not know, the colorful bands on your braces are known officially as elastic ligature. They perform an important job in straightening your teeth or correcting your bite by keeping the arch wire in the proper place on your bracket. Your orthodontist will replace the bands at each adjustment so your teeth keep moving in the right direction.
The color choices for your braces are many – with more than 30 colors available. Among so many choices and color combinations, you will be able to find your favorite. You can search braces color selectors online and "try on" some combinations on your own. Some kids enjoy pairing purple and lime green, pink and blue, or even all the colors of the rainbow. Others like navy blue, red, green, or black. School colors or sports team colors are many kids' favorite combinations. Other popular choices are holiday colors, like red and green for Christmas, red and white for Valentine's Day and black and orange for Halloween.
A Word of Advice about Colors
Darker colors often make your teeth look whiter, while lighter ones may make your teeth look yellowed. White and clear tend to stain easily depending on what you are eating and drinking. White and yellow, can make your teeth look yellow. Keep in mind, though, that the colors you like best will always look good on you!
How to Care for Braces
If your child has braces, it is critically important that they take good care of them to ensure that they are able to do their job properly. Read on to learn how to properly care for braces
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