Types of Braces for Children in Coral Springs – Orthodontics Coral Springs
Traditional Metal Braces
At mini-mouths in Coral Springs, we see that traditional braces are the most common type of braces for kids and are more comfortable today than ever before. Our braces are made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. Kids nowadays love these colored elastics (rubber bands) because they look fun and cool to have a unique and colorful smile. Your children will love them.
Clear (Ceramic) Braces
Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger and are more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.
Self-ligating braces are made from the same materials as traditional braces. However, self-ligating braces do not require the use of elastics, meaning fewer appointments and less friction being placed on the tooth. Self-ligating braces come with traditional metal, ceramic, or clear brackets. They are the same size as metal braces but use a specialized clip in place of elastics to help the archwire guide teeth to place. The clip helps reduce the amount of pressure being placed on the tooth and requires fewer adjustments because there are no elastics to replace.