If you have a teenager and there are orthodontic concerns, the thought of traditional braces may be a major roadblock. Those teen years are difficult. There is peer pressure, kids are self-conscious, and everyone is trying to fit in. The last thing your teen wants is a mouth full of metal every time someone snaps another picture. Fortunately, the field of orthodontics has made many advances. Your teen has options, and an orthodontist can help you to find the best alternative.
Braces: More Than a Pretty Smile
While braces can make your teen’s smile look good, many more advantages come with addressing orthodontic problems. When your child’s teeth are in proper alignment, it is much easier to have good oral hygiene. Your teen can avoid other serious problems down the line, such as sleep apnea and a TMJ disorder. With a good bite and proper alignment, your child will have healthy teeth that will last a lifetime.
What are the Options for Braces?
When discussing options for braces with your orthodontist, your teenager has many choices. Traditional braces with metal brackets and wires are only one alternative. Colored brackets and wires can be used, as well as brackets that are clear and less manageable. Braces can be worn behind the teeth to make sure they cannot be seen. Your teen can have a beautiful smile without being embarrassed during the process.
Clear Aligners: A Popular Option
Many teens and adults are excited about Invisalign® Teen clear aligners as an alternative to traditional braces. Discuss with your orthodontist if this option will work for your child. Treatment times tend to be approximately the same as traditional braces. Expect an average of 18 months up to two years. In some cases, patients will need orthodontic treatment for an extended period.
Clear aligners shift the teeth into the correct position in a gentle, gradual manner. Aligners are practically invisible and are changed every two weeks, tailored to treat your child’s teeth. They are removable for special occasions or sporting events. Your teen can remove them while eating and have improved oral hygiene as a result. Patients love clear aligners because they are not noticeable, but will bring about noticeable results.
Every Teen is Unique
The best orthodontic option and treatment plan will vary for every teenager. Set up a consultation with Dr. Scott Runnels for a thorough evaluation. From that point, you can determine which path to take for your child. It will all depend on the severity of your child’s orthodontic concern and personal preferences. Doctor Runnels may recommend a particular alternative based on professional judgement. Contact Runnels Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics today to schedule yoru consultation.