• Braces for Kids and Teens

  • Braces in Vancouver, WA

    By the time a child or teen turns 19 years old, there is an 80% chance that they will have had orthodontic intervention - either in the form of traditional metal braces or clear aligners. The sooner your child sees an orthodontist, the better success they will have in getting a straight, comfortable smile. 

    Today, kids and teens alike have options when it comes to braces. We encourage you to consult with Dr. Croft on what may be the best solution for your child's specific dental needs. Below are just a few.

    Types of Braces

    Metal Braces

    Most people who want their teeth straightened choose metal braces. These are made using high-grade stainless steel. The ones applied today are less noticeable, easier to tolerate, and better looking than those in years past.

    Ceramic Braces

    Ceramic braces are less noticeable than modern metal braces since they are translucent in color, being made of clear material. Adults seem to like these best for cosmetic reasons. There is a drawback though in that the ceramic brackets are more fragile than the metal ones and the elastic ties do tend to become discolored between visits to the orthodontist.

    Invisalign®in Vancouver, WA

    The Invisalign® System involves having a series of clear aligners made to fit over the patient’s teeth that gradually get adjusted to move the teeth into perfect alignment. A computer program generating a simulation determines the fit. Adult patients that have particular orthodontic bite issues can benefit from this system. Ask your Columbia Orthodontics, PC orthodontist in Salmon Creek, Cascade Park, and Battle Ground if Invisalign would work for you.

    The Invisalign® Teen System

    Invisalign® Teen has now been introduced to help teenagers avoid wearing metal braces which can make them look unattractive on their Facebook profile, not to mention in their yearbook photo. This straightening system involves having clear aligners, which are virtually invisible, fit over your teeth so no one needs to know you are having your teeth straightened. Because they are removable you can eat whatever you want. You can also brush and floss your teeth as normal, which helps keep your gums and teeth healthy. They are more comfortable to wear since there are no wires or brackets to irritate the inside of your mouth.

    Schedule Your Consult for Braces

    Dr. Croft and his team at Columbia Orthodontics encourage parents of patients as young as 7 to schedule an orthodontic consult. Maybe their dentist has already recommended that they receive Phase I Orthodontics (or Early Orthodontic Intervention), or maybe you are concerned about their bites, their speech, or just their overall comfort when eating or speaking. Schedule a consult today and get your child started on the right path to complete dental health and a beautiful smile.