Braces for Children

Your Lloydminster Choice for Pediatric Braces!

Many children are ambivalent about getting braces. On the one hand, they like the idea of perfect teeth, but on the other hand, they are nervous about whether the braces will cause pain and discomfort. The good news is that the placement of orthodontic braces is not at all painful, and the end result will be a beautiful straight smile. Tooth Suite is pleased to offer braces for children to our Pediatric patients.

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What is involved when a child gets braces

The orthodontist initially conducts a visual examination of the child’s teeth. This will be accompanied by panoramic x-rays, study models (bite impressions), and computer-generated images of the head and neck. These preliminary assessments are sometimes known as the “planning phase” because they aid the orthodontist in making a diagnosis and planning the most effective treatment.

In many cases, the orthodontist will recommend “fixed” orthodontic braces for a child. Fixed braces cannot be lost, forgotten, or removed at will, which means that treatment is completed more quickly. Removable appliances may also be utilized, which are less intrusive, and are generally used to treat various types of defects.

What are the Main types of orthodontic appliances used for children?

  • Fixed braces – Braces are brackets that are affixed to each individual tooth. An archwire connects the brackets. The brackets are usually made of metal, ceramic, or a clear synthetic material which is less noticeable to the naked eye. After braces have been applied, the child will have regular appointments to have the braces adjusted by the orthodontist. Orthodontic elastic bands are often added to the braces to aid in the movement of specific teeth.
  • Headgear – This type of appliance is most useful to treat developmental irregularities. A headgear is a custom-made appliance attached to wire that is worn to aid in tooth movement. A headgear is intended to be worn for 12-20 hours each day and must be worn as recommended to achieve good results.
  • Retainers – Retainers are typically utilized in the third phase (retention phase). When the original malocclusion has been treated with braces, it is essential that the teeth do not regress back to the original misalignment. Wearing a retainer ensures the teeth maintain their proper alignment and gives the jawbone around the teeth a chance to stabilize.

Should you require straight wire orthodontics, our team works with local Orthodontists as well as specialists in Edmonton and Saskatoon and we would be happy to refer you to the location of your choice.

Call Tooth Suite Family Dentistry at (780) 875-4312 to schedule
your Pediatric Orthodontic Consultation today!

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Disclaimer

Dr. Marianne Stelmaschuk, Dr. Sonia Thibault, Dr. Gladys NewLove-Heide are Lloydminster General Dentists. They are not specialists in Cosmetic or Family Dentistry. Cosmetic and Family Dentistry are not specialties recognized by the Alberta Dental Association & College (ADA&C). Our general dentists provide Cosmetic and Family Dental procedures such as Porcelain Veneers, Dental Crowns, Invisalign, and Teeth Whitening as part of their General Dentistry license. As Lloydminster Family Dentists, we provide General Dental procedures for all ages within the family. Dr. Prabhjot Singh is a licensed Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon and can offer Oral Maxillofacial specialty services as part of his license.