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Los Angeles Orthodontist Discusses Children’s Braces Options

mom-and-daugher-w-braces-224x300Early dental and orthodontic treatment is vital for many children whose teeth and jaws are still developing. When detected early, issues like malocclusion (crooked teeth) and imbalanced jaw growth can be corrected relatively easily, and can prevent the need for extensive treatment later in life. To help correct alignment problems and guide children’s oral structures through proper growth, Los Angeles orthodontist, Dr. David Alpan offers a choice of children’s braces to address a wide variety of needs and preferences.

Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional braces consist of metal brackets that are attached to each tooth and metal arch wires that are positioned over the brackets. The arch wires are periodically tightened to produce the consistent force necessary to move gently move teeth. Metal braces are highly successful at repositioning crooked teeth, and are the most cost-effective braces option we provide.

Self-Ligating and Incognito Braces

Self-ligating braces are smaller and more discreet than traditional metal braces, and do not require the addition of elastics to hold the arch wire in place. Instead, they utilize a slide mechanism that eliminates friction and moves teeth faster and more comfortably. We also offer clear self-ligating braces for improved discretion. Incognito braces, or lingual braces, braces involve brackets and wires placed behind teeth, instead of on their front surfaces.

Invisalign for Teens

Invisalign clear braces reinvent the approach to teeth movement by eliminating brackets and wires and replacing them with a series of custom-designed clear aligners. The aligners fit snugly over the patient’s teeth, and are designed to move teeth closer to their goals as each aligner is replaced by the next one. Invisalign for teens is best suited for older children, and the aligners are removable to allow for easier dental hygiene and eating habits. Invisalign clear braces are also a popular choice among adults who require braces because of their effectiveness, discretion, and convenience.

Learn More About Children’s Braces Today

To learn more about our various options for children’s braces, schedule an appointment with Dr. Alpan by calling our Los Angeles orthodontics office at 213-513-7559 today for a free initial consultation. For your convenience, we have an office in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and proudly serve patients in all surrounding communities.