The Best Ways to Straighten Teeth With and Without Braces
If you're looking for ways to straighten your child's teeth, there are several options. There aren't any natural ways of getting straight teeth, so an orthodontics (braces) specialist can help you explore your kid's options.
Learn more about orthodontic treatments and discover which method of getting straight teeth works best for your child.
Getting Straight Teeth With Braces
Braces are the most common and widely used method of getting straight teeth. Braces extend over your child's teeth to help straighten them over a period of time. Your child's dentist or orthodontist may suggest braces to straighten teeth for the following conditions:
- Open bite
- Misplaced midline
Many follow-up visits are typically required so that the orthodontist can maintain and adjust your kid's braces. However, there are other methods of getting straight teeth without braces.
Straighten Teeth Without Braces
To fix smaller dental issues such as slight overcrowding of the teeth or a small mouth that needs to be widened, other methods can be used. Some of these teeth-straightening appliances include:
- Retainers—These come in several popular styles and are most often removable. They are molded to fit your child's mouth and can slowly shift his or her teeth into a straightened position.
- The Herbst Appliance—This appliance can help fix spacing issues and can correct misaligned jaw problems. It works by attaching the upper and lower jaws with a metal extension. An orthodontist slowly adjusts the device over the course of a year.
- Palatial Expanders—These are used to help widen the arch on the upper teeth to make room for additional adult teeth. This often helps with overcrowded teeth.
These options are sometimes cheaper than braces and can be removed for short periods of time while still being effective.
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