Teen Braces

There is a wide array of products on the market when it comes to braces for teens, from clear aligners to lingual, invisible, ceramic, and traditional metal braces. If your teen has orthodontic problems, visit our clinic in Carson City, Nevada, USA to discuss your options and help you choose the right brackets. The choice depends on bite, jaw, and teeth problems, cost, treatment duration, and other factors.

Timing

Ages twelve to sixteen are best for orthodontic treatment because most or all teeth have already erupted, grown, and in place. Our orthodontists can easily detect problems such as bad bite, under and overbites, gaps, crooked teeth, and others. Do not expect orthodontic problems to disappear or correct by themselves which is why treatment is required. Many teens feel uncomfortable when they hear that they need braces. The good news is that there are plenty of options to choose from, including less visible and smaller brackets such as clear and invisible braces.

 

Choosing Braces for Your Teen

There are pros and cons to consider whatever the option of choice. Ceramic braces, for example, are more effective and move teeth faster compared to Invisalign or plastic aligners. They are less noticeable than traditional brackets as well. At the same time, they tend to stain and are more expensive than other treatment options. The best thing about lingual braces is that they are virtually invisible from the outside, and many teens find this option appealing. The downside is that lingual braces are not effective in treating severe cases. Adjustments usually take longer and braces are difficult to clean. They are also more expensive. Invisalign is another option to look into and an alternative to traditional brackets. This is a great choice for teens looking for nearly invisible braces. There are no restrictions on the types of foods and drinks to consume. On the downside, Invisalign is only effective for mild problems and not serious orthodontic problems. The treatment period is also longer which makes it a more expensive option for teens and adults alike. If lost, braces are expensive to replace. Traditional braces are yet another option for your teenager, especially if money is an issue. They are less expensive, strong, and effective in correcting serious dental problems. Metal braces are less visible today, which makes them an attractive treatment option. There are also colored options that offer teens the chance to express themselves. In general, the choice of braces depends on the particular problem, teeth alignment, budget, age, and other factors. Come visit us if your teen feels embarrassed, and we will help you choose the best option to treated crooked teeth.