Posted on September 22, 2022
Despite the availability of different materials, many orthodontists prescribe traditional metal braces for young patients. There are several reasons why an orthodontist would recommend metal braces for kids. Here are some advantages of traditional metal braces for kids.
Orthodontists who favor the use of the metal brackets and wires often work with children who have crowded, crooked, or missing teeth. Today’s metal braces are even more advanced and are commonly preferred because of their proven efficiency and durability in treating severe tooth issues.
Metal braces are very durable as they can withstand the force of the orthodontist’s periodic adjustments and don’t easily break, even when kids are playing sports or performing other physical activities. Unlike clear aligners, which rely on sets of clear aligner trays, traditional metal braces are not removeable and, therefore, are not at risk of being lost or harmed outside the mouth.
Children typically wear braces for anywhere from one to three years. As such, comfort is a critical factor. Metal braces are more comfortable in the mouth than their bulkier counterparts, such as plastic and ceramic braces. Slight discomfort is normal after metal braces are initially put on as well as after adjustments. However, this discomfort is temporary and typically very mild.
Ceramic or acrylic braces are less noticeable than metal braces. This is because they mimic the color of your teeth. However, the rubber bands holding the bars in place often get discolored, which could be an eyesore. Metal braces are kid friendly as kids can choose to attach colorful rubber bands to their brackets that add a dash of style and fun. Clear aligners can also become discolored due to poor oral hygiene as well as plaque and tartar buildup.
Traditional metal or ceramic braces are typically covered by insurance. However, non-metallic alternatives are more expensive in the long run due to the necessity of numerous adjustments by orthodontists. Besides, the cost of molding ceramic and plastic braces is prohibitive. Given their tailor-made nature, invisible braces can be twice as expensive as their metal counterparts. The percentage you pay towards your insurance premiums is lower, too.
Today, patients have more orthodontic treatment options to choose from. Metal braces, the type most used by orthodontists and preferred by parents, have remained the market standard. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, there are already 4 million Americans wearing braces right now. So, if your child is hesitant because they don’t want to stand out, they are not alone. To learn more about metal braces, or alternative treatment options, contact the friendly team at Smileyville, today!