What Are the Best Braces for Kids?

Your children–you adore them and so do we. Board-certified orthodontist Dr. Wint W. Tun and the compassionate, kid-friendly team at Harmony Orthodontics want to invite you and your children to join our family of patients. We always want the best for our young patients, so Dr. Tun offers a variety of braces for kids. To determine which is best for your child, schedule a no-cost, no-obligation orthodontic consultation in our Tomball office with Dr. Tun by calling 832-699-3683.

What happens at an ortho consultation?

Children’s smiles are as diverse as their personalities! All kids should have an ortho consult by age 7, according to the American Association of Orthodontists. Your little one may not need braces, or he might be best served by Invisalign First, and another child in your household may be well suited for traditional braces. This is why Dr. Tun offers a free consultation. 

At your first appointment, we will take x-rays and photos, then Dr. Tun sit down with you (and your child, if he wants) to explain her findings and treatment recommendations. Your input is important during the consultation because you can share valuable insight into the lifestyle factors and habits that will help us choose the best braces for your child.

Now, let’s explore the options. The following braces for kids are available in our Tomball orthodontist office.

Types of Children’s Braces: Ages 6 to 9

The type of braces your child needs will depend upon his specific case and age. Early orthodontics, also called phase one ortho or interceptive braces, creates additional space in the mouth for incoming permanent teeth. This allows your child to avoid future extractions, which are necessary when kids’ mouths are too small for all their permanent teeth. In addition, phase one ortho can set a child up for fewer orthodontic issues in his teens and adult years.

If a child needs phase one, Dr. Tun may suggest Invisalign First or palatal expanders prior to placing traditional braces. Both types of braces for kids have pros and cons.

Traditional Braces for Phase One Orthodontics

The braces we know from our childhood have significantly evolved in the past few decades. Today, traditional braces for kids are smaller, lighter, and less obtrusive than the train tracks you may have worn.

Dr. Tun will recommend traditional braces for kids when simpler options, like Invisalign First, won’t solve the orthodontic issues.

With braces, more precise tooth movement can be achieved. Issues like lifting teeth further out of the jaw or pressing them deeper can only be achieved with traditional braces. Twisted teeth require a straightening strategy that only traditional braces can achieve, as well. Perhaps most important, patients cannot remove traditional braces, so compliance is practically guaranteed. Invisalign First requires that the patient choose to comply every day to be effective.

Also, in phase one ortho, we use a palatal expander to guide bone growth of the upper jaw, creating room for incoming permanent teeth. While Invisalign First also expands the upper palate, it isn’t ideal for extremely narrow mouths. Once the palate is sufficiently expanded with a palatal expander, in some cases the patient can opt for Invisalign instead of traditional braces.

Invisalign First: Removable, Clear Aligners for Kids

In the past, Invisalign was made only for adults, then they created version for teenagers. Today, parents and young children can opt for Invisalign First, an effective phase one orthodontic therapy for children, ages 6 to about 9. The clear aligners are made with the same special software and materials we use for Invisalign for adults and Invisalign Teen. 

Invisalign First can expand the upper palate without the use of a traditional palatal expander with a key. However, children must wear their aligners as instructed, 22 hours per day, to see projected results. Non-compliance or partial-compliance will delay results and could allow relapse, meaning teeth shift back out of alignment when the aligner isn’t worn. Relapse creates the need for a new treatment plan, so wearing the aligners as instructed is imperative for success.

Invisalign First is wonderful for oral home care! The removable aligners can be brushed and rinsed clean, and teeth are free of any obstruction. The patient should floss and brush normally, but parents, please make sure your child does a thorough job morning and evening.

Learn More About Braces for Kids

If you want to talk with board-certified orthodontist Dr. Wint W. Tun about the best braces for your kids, give us a ring at 832-699-3683. Schedule a no-cost, no-obligation orthodontist consultation today!

What Newcomers Should Know About Invisalign®

If you’re considering orthodontic treatment, Invisalign is a popular and discreet option that can straighten your teeth without the use of traditional braces. While Invisalign treatment is ideal for most patients, there are still a few things to consider.

Are you ready to explore Invisalign with a top-ranking orthodontist in Tomball, TX? Delve deeper with Dr. Wint Tun at Harmony Orthodontics. Schedule your Invisalign consultation today at (832) 699-3683 to get started toward your dream smile!

As a newcomer to Invisalign, it’s essential to understand the treatment process, benefits, and key considerations. This blog provides a concise guide to help you make an informed decision.

How Invisalign Works

Invisalign utilizes a series of custom-made clear aligner trays to gradually shift teeth into the desired position. Orthodontists use advanced 3D imaging technology to create these trays according to a precise treatment plan.

Patients must wear each set of aligners for roughly one to two weeks, for no fewer than 20 hours a day. Regular check-ups with an orthodontist allow for frequent adjustments to ensure speedy and natural progress. The treatment duration varies depending on individual needs but typically ranges from several months to over a year.

Benefits of Invisalign 

One of the primary advantages of Invisalign is its discreet appearance. The aligners are nearly invisible, making them an attractive option for individuals seeking a more aesthetically pleasing alternative to traditional braces

Additionally, the aligners are removable, enabling patients to eat their favorite foods without restrictions while maintaining optimal oral hygiene. And, unlike braces, Invisalign aligners are smooth plastic, making them a more comfortable option for most patients. 

Lastly, the treatment process typically involves fewer office visits compared to traditional braces. This can save patients significant time and hassle. 

Compliance and Commitment

For successful Invisalign treatment, it is crucial to comply with the prescribed guidelines. Patients must wear their aligner trays for the recommended 20 to 22 hours daily, only removing them when eating, drinking (except water), brushing, and flossing. Failure to adhere to this schedule may prolong the treatment duration or compromise the desired outcome. 

Additionally, patients should maintain diligent and regular oral hygiene practices (such as daily brushing and flossing) to avoid cavities and other oral health issues. Compliance and commitment are key to achieving optimal results with this corrective treatment.

Potential Discomfort and Adjustments

Generally, patients consider Invisalign more comfortable than traditional braces. However, this does not mean that Invisalign is completely painless. Most patients experience some mild to moderate discomfort with the progression of clear aligner treatment. This is completely normal and to be expected.

The discomfort that patients feel with each new set of aligners usually subsides as the teeth adjust to the aligners. This can take anywhere from 24 to 72 hours. Alert your orthodontist if the pain lasts longer than three days. 

Invisalign in Tomball, TX

Invisalign offers a discreet and convenient solution for individuals seeking a straighter smile. Are you ready to see if this treatment is right for you? Schedule a consultation with the team at Harmony Orthodontics in Tomball, TX, today! Call our front desk at (832) 699-3683 or get scheduled online here.

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