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Our guide to braces for kids and teens in Birmingham

At Stella Maris Dental, the journey to a perfect smile begins early. With the advancements in orthodontic treatments, kids and teens have more options than ever to correct dental issues and boost their confidence.

Starting orthodontic treatment at a young age can have numerous benefits, not just for aesthetics but for overall oral health. In this guide, we’ll explore the wonders of braces for kids, focusing on traditional train track braces, the innovation of Invisalign for teens, and essential tips for maintaining a great standard of oral health from a young age.

Why early orthodontic treatment matters

Laying the foundation for a healthy smile starts best in the younger years. Early detection and correction of dental misalignments or bite issues not only streamline the treatment process but also facilitate smoother adjustments. This proactive approach can ward off more severe problems down the line. The natural adaptability of a growing body enhances the effectiveness and permanence of orthodontic corrections.

Undergoing orthodontic treatment during childhood or teenage years is also a common practice, which carries the added benefit of potentially eliminating the need for further treatment in adulthood. This early intervention aligns with the social and developmental stages of young individuals, making it a timely and efficient choice for fostering oral health that lasts a lifetime.

Train track braces for kids and teens

Train track braces, commonly referred to simply as “metal braces,” consist of brackets that are bonded to each tooth and connected by a wire. These all work together to gradually move teeth into the desired position. The “tracks” are the wires that guide the teeth along the correct path, much like a train follows its tracks (hence the nickname!)


Train track braces are highly effective for correcting a wide range of orthodontic issues, from simple alignment problems to more complex dental conditions. They are particularly useful in younger patients who may have significant misalignments or bite issues.


Designed to withstand the rigours of everyday life, train track braces are made from high-quality materials that can endure most types of physical activities. This makes them ideal for active kids and teens who might be concerned about damaging more delicate orthodontic devices.


Generally, train track braces are more affordable than some of the newer, more technologically advanced systems. This makes them a cost-effective option for families looking to manage the expenses of orthodontic care without compromising on quality.


With a variety of band colours to choose from, kids and teens can personalise their braces. This adds a fun element to the treatment process, allowing young patients to express their personalities through their orthodontic journey.

Get in touch today if you want to find out more about our train track braces for kids

Invisalign for teens

Did you know that Invisalign is also suitable for teenagers? Invisalign is a popular choice for teens because it’s nearly invisible and can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing. When you pick up your first custom aligners, we will examine your smile, ensuring high standards from the start. Invisalign clear aligners are made with flexible SmartTrack™ material, and laser-trimmed to the gum line for greater comfort during your treatment.

Invisalign is a popular choice for teens because it’s nearly invisible and can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing.

To find out more about how much Invisalign costs in the UK, have a read of one of our latest blogs. 

It’s suitable for mild to moderate alignment issues. Our orthodontist can advise whether Invisalign is an appropriate option for your teen. Try our SmileApp to see what your teen’s teeth would look like after treatment, and get in touch if you want to find out more about Invisalign for teens.

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Considering Invisalign? You can book a free consultation to talk through anything you are unsure about. We are happy to help find the best solution for you or your children.

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Top tips for Children’s Dental Health

Here’s our top tips for looking after your children’s dental health and orthodontic treatment to get the best results possible.

  • Encourage brushing at least twice a day and flossing once daily.
  • For those with braces, using a floss threader or water flosser can help navigate around wires and brackets.
  • Use a high fluoride toothpaste; fluoride strengthens tooth enamel and helps prevent cavities. 
  • Wear a mouthguard for sports like hockey to prevent injury.
  • Keep retainers clean and free from bacteria.
  • Limit sugary snacks and drinks which can lead to tooth decay. 

Meet our Orthodontist for kids – Dr. Ashley Davenport

Dr. Ashley Davenport qualified as a dentist in 1995, and has been associated with us for over 20 years now!

“I can honestly say that I have been doing a job that I love for the past 20 years. Most people who know me well know that dentistry is a passion for me.” – Dr. Ashley Davenport

If you’d like to find out more, book a free consultation with Ashley today.

Our frequently asked questions about braces for kids

Here’s what a lot of our previous patients have asked about our braces for kids and teens.

At what age can kids get train track braces?

The ideal age for starting treatment with train track braces varies, but it generally begins between the ages of 8 and 14. This age range is optimal because children’s facial bones are still growing, which allows for more effective adjustments. However, the exact timing can depend on the individual child’s dental development and the severity of their dental issues.

How long will my child need to wear braces?

The duration of wearing braces varies depending on the individual’s needs but usually ranges from 1 to 3 years. Regular check-ups and following the orthodontist’s advice can help ensure treatment stays on track.

What happens if a bracket breaks or a wire comes loose?

Contact us as soon as possible for advice. We may need to adjust or replace the broken part. In the meantime, you can use orthodontic wax to cover any sharp edges that are bothering your child.

How often do we need to visit the orthodontist during treatment?

Visits are typically every 4 to 8 weeks to adjust the braces and monitor progress. Consistent follow-ups are crucial for the success of the treatment.

What age should a child go to the dentist in the UK?

As early as possible! Bringing your children to the dentist from an early age has a number of benefits:

  • It will get them used to the clinical environment and make them feel comfortable and less anxious about the dentist as they grow older.
  • It helps introduce dental health habits from an early age.
  • Helps parents with diet advice to help best protect their children’s teeth.
  • Prevents any problems with teeth and gums in the future by explaining the importance of regular dental check ups.

Get in touch today to find out more about our orthodontics, braces for kids and teens, and what the next steps should be: 0121 588 4541.

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