We all want what is best for our kids. That's why we push them to excel in academics, extra curriculars and socializing. But what if your child's smile is holding them back from being outgoing in these situations because they are self-conscious of their teeth?

When it comes to the idea of braces, kids often worry about how they will look and what their peers might say. But the truth of the matter is that there are plenty of options available that can help dissipate those hesitant feelings.

If you are weighing the pros and cons for braces for your pride and joy, here are some things you may want to consider:

Care: For kids, braces may require a bit of extra attention. With metal brackets, it is easy for food to get stuck in the wiring, so kids have to work a little harder to keep them clean. With metal braces, your child will also have to be conscious of the types of foods they eat. No popcorn, sticky candy and gum, as they can damage the braces. Sugary sodas and juices can cause tooth decay and should be avoided or only consumed in moderation.

Reason: Other than misalignment in the spacing of teeth, which can be cosmetic issues at best and seriously problematic at worst, your child may need braces if they have crooked, overlapping or overcrowded teeth. These issues can cause problems with chewing and grinding food, jaw alignment and tooth pain. While braces might not be the right solution for every kid, if your child is having issues with their teeth, jaw or digestion, braces may be the right answer.

Type: Most everyone is familiar with wire braces, which also come with colorful bands that your child can change with each orthodontist visit. But if your teen is a bit self-conscious, or doesn't want wires in their senior portrait, then Invisalign or clear braces may be the right option. These types of braces are usually only for people without over or underbite problems, so it's important to know your preexisting conditions before getting braces.

When it comes to selecting the type of braces for your kids, and when they should get them, the best place to start is with a professional orthodontist. Our orthodontic pediatric professionals can talk you and your child through the process, what to expect and answer any questions you may have. In many cases, the necessary duration for having braces lasts approximately two years, so it is important to know what you are getting into before having them applied.

If you want to learn more about your options, contact KidsBracesNYC today.