A childs self-esteem can be affected by their smile. It can effect them socially and emotionally. Upper braces can be placed for a short period of time (below only 12 weeks) to improve the alignment of the teeth. Young kids teeth really move fast. Full braces may be needed again in the future but by having the early braces Phase I care the end result is more stable and the child often has an improved outlook and self esteem. This pretty young lady had a great outlook and self esteem even with crooked teeth!