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5 Teeth Straightening Options for Kids


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Appliances
Even though retainers are sometimes worn to prep teeth for braces, they're most commonly worn after braces to keep teeth straight and in place.
Even though retainers are sometimes worn to prep teeth for braces, they're most commonly worn after braces to keep teeth straight and in place.
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There's a large variety of devices, both fixed and removable, that fit into a child's mouth to move teeth or change jaw position. The technical term is appliances, but kids will probably just call them retainers. Your child might have to wear a retainer to get his teeth ready for braces, but they're more often used (first around the clock, then just at night) to keep things in the right position after braces have done their work [source: AAO]. They're also notorious for getting lost, often in school cafeteria trash cans.


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