Braces for Children
Our Grand Rapids braces dentists provide braces for adults, teens and children to straighten teeth to help an individual effectively bite, chew and speak. Straight teeth contribute to healthy teeth and gums. Properly aligned teeth and jaws may alleviate or prevent physical health problems.
Teeth that function properly also tend to look better. An attractive smile is a pleasant side effect of straightening teeth with braces — and is a wonderful asset. It contributes to improved self-esteem, self-confidence and self-image, which are important qualities at any age. A pleasing appearance is a vital component of self-confidence. A person's self-esteem often improves as braces bring teeth, lips and face into proportion. In this way, braces can benefit social and career success, as well as improve a person’s general attitude toward life.
Braces for Adolescents and Adults
We offer braces for children who are 7 to 10 years of age for orthopedic reasons. This treatment develops the jaws and takes advantage of the growth of both the maxilla and mandible — which we refer to as ortho phase I.
Traditional braces and Invisalign clear braces are for children older than 10 through adulthood — called ortho phase II. Invisalign is a modality of orthodontic treatment that is appealing to individuals who are trying to conceal their efforts in straightening their teeth. In addition Invisalign allows for better enunciation during speech and ease of flossing and brushing because they are removable.