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Braces for Kids

If you notice that your child’s teeth are crooked or their bite is misaligned, braces can help to correct these problems.

Braces are orthodontic devices used to correct various issues with teeth and jaw alignment. They work by applying continuous pressure over a period of time to gradually move your teeth into the desired position.

When it comes to braces for kids, there are various treatment options available. A dentist skilled in paediatric dentistry can evaluate your child’s needs and provide personalised recommendations.

Why Your Child Has Crooked Teeth

Crooked teeth in kids, also known as malocclusion, can result from a mix of genetic and environmental influences. Some of these factors include:

  • Injuries or trauma to the mouth
  • Poor nutrition
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Premature loss of baby teeth
  • Thumb sucking, prolonged pacifier use or other oral habits
  • Tongue thrusting

Signs Your Child Might Need Braces

There are several signs that may suggest your child needs braces. Here are some key indicators to look out for:

  • Crowded or overlapping teeth
  • Difficulty with chewing or biting
  • Gaps in teeth (diastema)
  • Misaligned jaw or teeth
  • Mouth breathing
  • Speech problems, such as difficulties pronouncing certain words or lisping

Dental Problems That Braces Can Fix

Braces can correct misaligned bites, overcrowding and spacing problems. Below are some teeth alignment issues that braces can fix:

  • Overbite

    Overbite is a dental condition
    that occurs when your upper front teeth overlap the lower front teeth when your mouth is closed.

    It is common for patients to have a slight overbite. However, treatment may be needed if you are suffering from a deep or severe overbite.

  • Underbite

    An underbite occurs when your lower teeth protrude beyond the upper teeth.

    Individuals suffering from this dental issue might face challenges with eating and chewing properly. They may also face potential speech impairments.

  • Spacing

    Spacing refers to a dental condition where there are gaps between your teeth.

    These crevices create a convenient trap for food particles, causing plaque to build up easily. This not only affects the visual appeal of your smile but also increases the risk of oral health issues.

  • Overcrowding

    Overcrowding occurs when there is insufficient space in your jaw to accommodate all your teeth properly.

    Crowded teeth can lead to difficulties in maintaining good oral hygiene increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

  • Open bite

    Open bite refers to the condition where your upper and lower teeth do not meet when your mouth is closed.

    Speech problems and difficulties with chewing are some problems experienced by patients with an open bite.

  • Crossbite

    Crossbite occurs when your upper teeth rests behind your lower teeth. This can lead to speech difficulties, jaw problems and an increased risk of tooth decay.

If you are unsure whether braces are the right treatment for your child, get in touch with us. Our experienced dentists will perform a thorough evaluation to determine the best course of treatment for your child’s dental needs.

Types of Braces for Kids

There are several types of braces available for kids, depending on their specific dental needs and preferences. Your dentist will advise you on which is the most suitable type for your child.

Traditional BracesSelf-ligating BracesInvisalign (Invisible Braces)
MaterialMetal and ceramic options are availableMetal and ceramic options are availableMedical-grade polymer known as SmartTrack®
MechanismThese are the most common type of braces that consist of metal brackets attached to the front of your teeth.

These brackets are connected with wires and can be adjusted periodically to move your teeth into the desired position.
These braces use brackets that have a built-in mechanism to hold the archwire in place, eliminating the need for modules.

The archwire exerts a gentle, constant pressure on your teeth, gradually guiding them into proper alignment.
A series of custom-made, clear aligners that gradually shift your teeth into position.

Kids between the ages of 6 to 10 years old are suitable for Invisalign First. Older children in their teens can opt for Invisalign Teen.
Pros
  • Able to choose the braces colour of your choice
  • The most affordable option compared to self-ligating braces or Invisalign
  • More painful than self-ligating braces and Invisalign
  • Takes longer to align your teeth
  • As no tightening is required, you only need to visit your dentist once every 4 - 8 weeks.
  • Less painful and soreness compared to traditional braces
  • Aligns your teeth faster
  • No dietary restrictions
  • Removable
  • Virtually invisible
  • Remote monitoring is available, reducing the number of dental visits
  • Cons
  • Noticeable
  • Challenging to clean around the braces
  • Need to adhere to dietary restrictions
  • Frequent visits to the dentist (once every 4 weeks)
  • Noticeable
  • Challenging to clean around the braces
  • Need to adhere to dietary restrictions
  • More expensive compared to braces
  • Braces Treatment Process

    • Initial consultation

      Our dentist will perform an initial examination of your child’s teeth where 4 X-ray images and a 3D intraoral iTero scan will be taken.

      This allows us to assess the current state of your teeth and jaw and determine if and when treatment is needed.

    • 2nd consultation

      Your dentist will go through your dental condition and explain the results of your analysis.

      If braces are needed, we will discuss the best treatment plan for you.

    • Start your braces treatment

      When you are ready to start the treatment plan, our dentists will proceed to place the braces.

      We will also advise you on types of food and drinks to avoid and how to keep your teeth and braces clean.

    • Follow-up appointments

      You will need to return to the dentist regularly (every 4-8 weeks) for follow-up appointments.

      We will check the progress of your treatment and adjust your braces if necessary.

    • Completion of braces treatment

      We will remove your braces when your treatment is complete. Your dentist will provide you with retainers and advise you on how to wear them. This helps to keep your teeth in their new position and prevents them from shifting back.

      4 types of retainers are available i.Dental – Vivera, Hawley, clear and permanent retainers. We will advise which type is more suitable for you but ultimately it is up to you to decide which is your preferred retainer.

    Cost of Braces for Kids

    The cost of braces can vary based on the complexity of your dental condition. Here is the price range for each type of braces at i.Dental (prices are inclusive of GST):

    Traditional BracesSelf-ligating BracesInvisalign (Invisible Braces)
    CostTraditional Metal Braces:
    $3,815

    Traditional Ceramic Braces:
    $5,014 - $5,668
    Self-ligating metal braces:
    $5,559 - $6,213

    Self-ligating ceramic braces: $6,104 - $6,758
    Invisalign First:
    $4,360 - $5,995

    Invisalign Teen:
    $,5,232 - $9,265

    Braces Plan for Students

    i.Dental also offers a braces plan for students for traditional metal braces (1st Generation) and self-ligating metal braces:

    Traditional Metal Braces (1st Generation)$3,815
  • Consultation with diagnostic records (oral examination, 4 X-rays, iTero scans, study models and photos)
  • Cost of braces materials
  • All subsequent braces reviews
  • Included
    1st Deposit
    (Upon approval of dental treatment plan)
    $872 (Split into 2 instalments)
    Monthly PaymentVaries according to the estimated treatment time

    *Prices above do not include other services such as scaling and polishing, extractions, retainers and/or fillings if required.

     

    Traditional Ceramic Braces (1st Generation)$5,014 - $5,668
  • Consultation with diagnostic records (oral examination, 4 X-rays, iTero scans, study models and photos)
  • $239.80
  • Cost of braces materials
  • Post-treatment clear retainer worth $490.50
  • All subsequent braces reviews
  • Included
    1st deposit
    (Upon approval of dental treatment plan)
    $872.00 (Split into 2 instalments)
    Monthly paymentVaries according to the estimated treatment time

    *Prices above don’t include other services such as scaling and polishing, extractions, retainers and/or fillings if required.

     

    Self-ligating Metal Braces$5,559 - $6,213
  • Consultation with diagnostic records (oral examination, 4 X-rays, iTero scans, study models and photos)
  • $239.80
  • Cost of braces materials
  • Post-treatment clear retainer worth $490.50
  • All subsequent braces reviews
  • Included
    1st deposit
    (Upon approval of dental treatment plan)
    $1,090
    Monthly paymentVaries according to the estimated treatment time

    *Prices above don’t include other services such as scaling and polishing, extractions, retainers and/or fillings if required.

     

    Self-ligating Ceramic Braces$6,104 - $6,758
  • Consultation with diagnostic records (oral examination, 4 X-rays, iTero scans, study models and photos)
  • $239.80
  • Cost of braces materials
  • Post-treatment clear retainer worth $490.50
  • All subsequent braces reviews
  • Included
    1st deposit
    (Upon approval of dental treatment plan)
    $1,090
    Monthly paymentVaries according to the estimated treatment time

    *Prices above don’t include other services such as scaling and polishing, extractions, retainers and/or fillings if required.

    Financing Your Treatment

    Instalment Plans

    In-house and credit card financing programmes* are available at i.Dental for patients who prefer to spread out their payments over time on a monthly basis. Contact us to find out more.

    *Kindly note that credit card financing programmes under UOB are not available at i.Dental Invisalign Dedicated Clinic. Only credit card financing programmes under OCBC are available. For all other clinics, both UOB and OCBC credit card financing programmes are available.

    Subsidies

    Braces are not eligible for dental subsidies. You may wish to explore alternative financing options such as instalment plans, however, these are subject to certain terms and conditions.

    MediSave

    Braces do not fall under the list of MediSave-claimable dental treatments as they are considered a type of cosmetic treatment which do not require surgery. As such, you cannot use MediSave to cover the cost.

    Why Get Braces for Kids at i.Dental?

    • Experienced dentists

      With over 30 years of experience in providing dental care and orthodontic treatment, our team at i.Dental is equipped with the necessary knowledge and expertise to cater to your unique dental needs.

    • Comfortable treatment experience for children

      We understand that a visit to the dentist can sometimes be intimidating for young patients. Our team prioritises creating a stress-free experience for kids to ensure our little patients feel secure and informed.

    Top Questions Parents Ask About Braces for Kids

    What is the best age for getting braces?

    The best age for braces is usually during the early teenage years, around 9 to 14 years old. During this period, kids still have a mix of baby teeth and permanent teeth, and their jaws are still growing. This makes it easier for dentists to guide the teeth and jaw into the right positions using braces.

    However, braces are not exclusive to young patients. Adults can also get braces to fix their teeth alignment and improve their smile.

    Book a consultation with our team who can evaluate your specific needs and give you personalised advice on when to start braces treatment.

    Will wearing braces damage the teeth?

    Wearing braces, when accompanied by proper care such as regular brushing, flossing and fluoride treatment, should not cause any issues or damage to the teeth.

    Book an appointment with us for personalised advice and guidance. Your oral health is important and professional expertise can ensure the best outcome for your smile.

    Is it possible to delay treatment until all of the teeth have fully erupted?

    This largely depends on the type and severity of the orthodontic issue you are facing. The decision should be made in consultation with an orthodontist.

    Contact us now to schedule an appointment and allow our team to assess the growth of your jaw and the pattern of tooth eruption.

    When is the ideal time to make modifications to my teeth?

    If you are considering improving the alignment of teeth with braces, the best age to achieve optimal results is between 9 to 14 years old.

    Which type of braces is most suitable for kids?

    The most suitable types of braces for kids include self-ligating braces, traditional metal braces, ceramic braces and clear aligners such as Invisalign. Traditional metal braces are the most common and effective option. Those who prefer a less noticeable appearance can go for ceramic braces.

    Self-ligating braces often require fewer manual adjustments and shorter treatment time. As for clear aligners, they are virtually invisible and can be removed.

    If you are unsure about the most suitable braces for your child, it is best to consult with our experienced team.

    Can my child still play sports or a musical instrument with braces?

    Yes, your child can continue playing sports and musical instruments with braces. They may need to wear a mouthguard for sports and adjust their technique for wind instruments. Remember to encourage good oral hygiene habits.

    If your child is wearing clear aligners, rest assured that they can also continue to perform the same activities with no issues.

    FAQs About Braces for Kids

    FAQs

    When kids first get braces, they may experience some discomfort or pain as their teeth and gums adjust to the braces. Over time, as their mouth adjusts to the braces, the discomfort usually diminishes.

    If your child experiences severe or persistent pain, book an appointment with us and let our dentists perform a thorough examination. We can evaluate the situation and ensure that the braces are properly adjusted to minimise discomfort.

    While braces are generally beneficial for correcting dental misalignments, there can be some challenges for children.

    Maintaining good oral hygiene can be more time-consuming as braces create small spaces where food particles and plaque can accumulate. Your child will need to take additional steps to ensure their teeth are thoroughly cleaned.

    On the other hand, maintaining oral hygiene is less stressful if you wear invisible braces such as Invisalign. No brackets or wires are involved and you can remove them to brush and floss your teeth.

    Wearing braces often requires some dietary modifications, which could mean avoiding some favourite foods. Children, in particular, may find this frustrating. However, these dietary adjustments are temporary. Once the braces are removed, these foods can be reintroduced into the diet.

    Here are some tips to help your child alleviate pain from braces:

    • Eat soft foods: Encourage your child to eat soft foods that require less chewing, especially in the initial days after getting braces. Avoid hard, sticky, or chewy foods that can increase discomfort.
    • Maintain good oral hygiene: Help your child maintain good oral hygiene by brushing gently and thoroughly, using a soft-bristle toothbrush. Regular brushing and flossing can prevent gum inflammation and reduce discomfort.
    • Perform a saltwater rinse: Have your child rinse their mouth with warm saltwater 2 to 3 times a day to reduce inflammation.
    • Use a cold compress: Applying a cold compress or an ice pack to the outside of the mouth can help numb the area and reduce swelling.
    • Use over-the-counter pain relief: Consult with your child’s dentist about suitable over-the-counter pain medications to alleviate brace-related discomfort. Medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help reduce pain and inflammation. However, always follow the recommended dosage recommended by the dentist.
    • Apply dental wax: Your child’s dentist will provide them with dental wax, which can be applied to braces to create a protective barrier between the brackets and the inside of the mouth. This helps reduce irritation and discomfort caused by metal components rubbing against the gums and cheeks.
    • Use a warm compress: In some cases, your child may experience soreness in their jaw muscles due to the tension caused by braces. Applying a warm compress to the outside of the jaw can help relax the muscles and alleviate pain. Wrap a heat pack or a warm towel around the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes.
    • Attend follow-up appointments: Ensure your child attends regular dental appointments as scheduled. These visits allow the dentist to make necessary adjustments to the braces, which can help address any discomfort or pain caused by misalignment.

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