Partial treatment for children
Sometimes our younger patients need a little extra time with braces before they get a full set. Many orthodontists use partial braces to treat minor orthodontic issues in kids before they get their full set of braces in their early teenage years. Partial braces go on the upper or lower front teeth to provide early minor correction to crooked teeth. Instead of putting brackets on every tooth, partial braces consist of brackets on the front four or six teeth.
These braces are only used for a short period of time to straighten teeth into the correct positions. Treatment time usually just lasts between 10 and 12 months. After this treatment, kids go on to a complete set of braces once most of the adult teeth are in to correct any crowding, spacing, jaw or bite issues. Partial braces can make it easier to straighten the rest of the teeth later.