Smiles for Kids WEST
Dentistry, Orthodontics & Oral Surgery
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Dentistry & Orthodontics

Types of Orthodontic Appliances

Orthodontists work to straighten teeth, correcting alignment problems and improving oral health. By correcting dentition issues in childhood, you can give your child a healthy smile and reduce the risk of major dental problems later in life. At Smiles for Kids Dentistry & Orthodontics, we offer dental and orthodontic care to kids ages 7 to 18.

Why Seek Orthodontic Treatment for Kids?

Although orthodontics treatments can be performed at any age, kids are often the best candidates because their mouths are still developing. Specially-designed mouth appliances can modify the way a child’s teeth and jaw develop, preventing issues like malocclusion and poor dental alignment. By correcting these problems at a young age, our orthodontists can build a foundation for good oral health throughout a child’s life.

Types of Orthodontic Appliances We Use

The most common type of orthodontic appliance we use is braces. Traditional metal braces can correct a number of dental issues, including crooked teeth and gaps between teeth as well as issues of dental alignment. Depending on a child’s needs, braces may be combined with other mouth appliances, such as:

  • Bite plates
  • Holding arches
  • Headgear
  • Turbos
  • Palatal expander
  • And others

Once the teeth have been moved into position by braces and other orthodontic appliances, we may hold them in place with a specially formed retainer. This will allow the mouth to heal fully and supporting tissue to grow to keep the teeth in place permanently.

learn more about the types of orthodontic appliances we use and which treatments are right for your child, contact us today!

Call 505-892-9010 for the West Side or 505-299-9606 for the Northeast Heights to speak with our team today.