Braces for Kids Vista CA

Starting their treatment with braces is no minor achievement for kids. In most cases, this is at the beginning of the patient's teenage years, and it signals how committed they are to dental health and orthodontic care. If you've already noticed your child will require orthodontic braces, you should take a look at the options available for your kids' orthodontic treatment.

Set up an appointment with the Smile Patio Team and learn more about what your child can achieve with braces during a free consultation.

Braces for Kids Vista

What Options Are There If My Kid Needs Braces?

Fortunately, braces are today the best they have ever been for kids. Dental braces are far more efficient now than in previous years, and they're also very comfortable when compared to previous iterations. You can rest assured that no matter the option you end up choosing for your children, they will be of help in reaching the goals of a beautiful smile with healthy teeth.

Our treatments are custom-made, meaning we don't recommend generic solutions that will leave your kid uncomfortable and worried about their smiles.

Here are some of the most popular options you can choose from for your kids' orthodontic care:

  • Traditional metal braces.
  • Self-ligating braces.
  • Ceramic braces.
  • Invisalign.

Make sure to go into a lot of detailed questions when you come to the office as we weigh your current circumstances, priorities, oral health status, daily activities, oral hygiene routine, and desired appearance to make an informed decision about the best treatment for your kids.

Traditional Braces for Kids Vista CA

There's no going wrong with conventional braces, as they are, without a doubt, the basic and most reliable system of dental realignment for kids. Traditional braces can reposition your kids' teeth thanks to the well-orchestrated work done by stainless steel brackets and wires.

We will make sure to bond brackets to your kids' teeth with a powerful and safe bonding agent, ensuring that the archwire guides dental movement until we reach the desired alignment.

Advantages of Metal Braces

The first and foremost advantage of conventional braces is how efficient they are. They just get results efficiently. Even in cases of severe dental malalignment or jaw malocclusion, traditional braces will achieve goals without the need for dental surgery. They are also fast, as your kid will begin noticing important changes in little time, though you will still have to come to an appointment with the orthodontist before anyone can make projections about how long the treatment will take.

Similarly, parents will likely take into consideration that metal braces are the most affordable option in orthodontic care for kids, and they are also the orthodontic appliance that requires the fewest repairs, and the stainless steel used is extremely durable.

Disadvantages of Metal Braces

There are a few food restrictions you should still consider. Even though the material is durable, some foods can loosen brackets or damage the parts of your kids' braces. Likewise, it will be a bit more challenging to maintain good oral hygiene during treatment.

Partial Braces

These are a modified option based on traditional braces, as there are some kids who won't require a full set of conventional metal braces. This system still uses the same design for brackets and the archwire but does not cover all of your kids' teeth, as we may only need to move a few of them.

Advantages of Partial Braces

Partial braces can help address rotation and alignment problems with specific teeth, meaning we can target only the teeth that require attention.

Disadvantages of Partial Braces

This will vary from one child's case to another, but there's always the chance that a full set of braces might be necessary. We'll have to review your kids' current oral health status to determine if partial braces can get the desired results.

Self-Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces prove how clever design improvements can be, making braces much more efficient and easy to clean. The principles are the same as with conventional braces, but there's no need to use elastic bands. Instead, the brackets have a design capable of holding the archwires on their own.


The design bypasses the minor friction created between the rubber bands and archwire that slows down treatment progression ever so slightly. In self-ligating systems, teeth can move at a nearly 100% rate of less friction.


Self-ligating braces are not exempt from the same food restrictions that limit traditional metal braces.

Clear Ceramic Braces

This is another solution that leverages changes and advancements in design and materials systems. We use composite ceramic that is effective in orthodontic care while providing cosmetic benefits.


This alternative helps patients who are worried about their appearance, meaning kids won't have to worry about how they look during their treatment.


Even though the brackets made of ceramic are a lot more discreet, they are also considerably larger and more brittle than metal brackets. Please help your kid be mindful of what they eat, as some foods might chip or break the brackets.

Invisalign Clear Aligners

These are not technically braces, but there's no denying many patients first consider the value of braces and then realize how Invisalign might be a better fit for their kids.

These clear aligner trays are removable and can help a kid move their teeth in record times. Your kid will have to come to the office, where we will work on a digital scan of their mouth.


Invisalign's main advantage is being almost invisible. Besides, they are removable appliances, meaning your kid can take them off to brush their teeth and eat their favorite foods without any problems. Finally, the BPA-free plastic material used to manufacture the aligners is highly durable. and comfortable, meaning your kid won't have to worry about damaging the aligner trays or being hurt by them.


There is one main factor, and that is that patients have to wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours every day if they want the treatment to remain as efficient as possible. Also, aligners may not be the right fit for everyone, as there are complex cases in orthodontics where the patient will require fixed traditional metal braces instead.

What Is the Best Option in Braces for Kids?

The answer to this question depends on a lot of things, including oral hygiene habits, current dental health status, age, daily activities, and more. You will have to make sure you come to an appointment with your kid to look at the options and make an informed decision.

Still, you should know that all these systems of dental alignment are efficient, reliable, affordable, and durable.

What Are the Benefits of Braces for Kids?

Kids who begin their treatment early will achieve durable results that improve their quality of life. Children are ideal candidates for orthodontic care as their dental structures are still in development, meaning that their orthodontist can help predict the appearance of orthodontic problems and act in a timely manner.

There are undeniable positive effects related to oral health, dental functionality, and social development that you shouldn't ignore. Make sure to help your kid live their best life, starting with a beautiful smile.

Schedule a Consultation

The best way to determine what works best for your kid is to come to a consultation. We look forward to meeting you and your family and discussing the best ways in which we can improve your kids' dental alignment. The first consultation is free!