Braces for Kids in Decatur IL

children's Orthodontics | Decatur ILNot every child will need orthodontic treatment, but if it does become necessary, it can be helpful to have the complete treatment done by their usual dentist. This helps them feel more confident and comfortable and prevents miscommunication between providers.

While parents often tend to think of orthodontic treatment as a cosmetic issue, the truth is that many orthodontic problems can lead to much more serious oral health concerns in the long run. In the short term, teeth that aren’t properly aligned are more difficult to keep clean, which makes your child more prone to cavities.

We have a few different orthodontic options available at our office, and we are always happy to discuss your options.

Invisalign Teen-An Innovative Way To Wear Braces!

At our Decatur pediatric dental office, we offer Invisalign teen as a substitute for traditional braces. Invisalign teen is a series of clear aligners that are custom made for your child’s mouth. They are simply removed and changed, usually about every two weeks, to gradually move teeth into their correct place. They can be used to treat under/overbites, overcrowding, and gaps between teeth as well. With Invisalign Teen, there are no eating restrictions or broken brackets to worry about, which means less time spent cleaning their braces and sitting in our office and more time being teenagers!

Why Invisalign Teen?

Traditional braces can irritate your child’s cheek, tongue, and gums. With Invisalign Teen, the clear-coated aligner just fits right over their teeth and can be removed when needed, although it is recommended that they stay in between 20 and 22 hours a day for them to be the most effective. 

Instead of having their braces tightened every few weeks, your child just replaces their old aligner with a new one. With no brackets to get in the way, your child can brush and floss like they normally would, helping them maintain better oral hygiene. The aligners themselves are easily cleaned as well.

If your child plays an instrument or a sport, Invisalign Teen can help keep them doing what they love! There are also no food restrictions with Invisalign Teen!

  • Less invasive and uncomfortable                                                                                                         
  • Non-irritating
  • Clear aligners                                                                                                                                  
  • Safer for children in sports
  • Easy to clean                                                                                                                                    
  • No food restrictions
  • Great for playing musical instruments                                                                           
  • Promotes good oral hygiene
  • Easy to maintain                                                                                                                           
  • Less time spent at Dr. Bret’s                                                                                                 

Traditional BracesInvisalign for teens | Decatur IL

Invisalign is great, but it’s not designed to treat certain complex cases. We do offer traditional braces at our office as well, and in some situations, these may be the more appropriate option. The best way to find out which orthodontic option is the best for your child’s individual needs is to call our office and schedule an appointment with Dr. Bret.

No matter which option we recommend, we’ll make sure that you and your child have a good experience and excellent results.

Orthodontic Appliances

Several different appliances are available to help treat certain issues (like thumbsucking) or to prepare your child’s mouth for orthodontic treatment. If we feel that your child could benefit from an appliance, we will discuss this option with you and let you know what to expect.


Spacers are used to create space between your child’s teeth before braces are put on. This allows for better placement of the braces. The spacer, which looks like a small rubber band, is placed between the two teeth in question and stays in place for about two weeks or until enough space has been created for the braces to be put in.

Palatal Expander

A palatal expander may be used if your child has an overcrowding or bite issue. The temporary expander is used before braces to create room and allow your child’s upper and lower teeth to fit together better. Once room is created, we can then place braces on your child’s teeth.

Does Your Child Need Orthodontic Care? Make an Appointment Today!

If you’re interested in learning more about appliances, traditional braces, or Invisalign Teen, please give our Decatur pediatric dental office a call at (217) 875-3080 to schedule an appointment. We are always happy to answer any questions you might have!