If you are considering braces for your teenager, then before they jump to a defensive mode upon hearing the dreaded phrase, “You need braces,” they need to be assured that they have more options than ever before. Gone are the days of unsightly metal and a mouth full of brackets and ugly wires. Fortunately, now you have options, actually several options. Dr. Marchbanks will be happy to give you a complimentary consultation to help you understand your options better.
Here are a few treatment plans to become familiar with when looking at straightening your teeth.
1. Metal braces
Metal braces are the traditional way to go about getting straighter teeth. Each bracket is glued onto each tooth to be straightened. Then the whole set is connected with wires and tiny rubber bands. The wires are tightened and adjusted every few weeks until the teeth move into the desired spots. Metal braces have been the industry norm for years, so they are the most common treatment for teens.
2. Invisible clear trays
Clear braces, also called Invisalign, are gaining in popularity among young and old alike. Imagine going through a teeth straightening treatment without anyone even knowing. This is just one of the many benefits of clear tray type braces. Invisalign works very simply – each aligner is custom made to fit your teeth. Every two weeks or so, you replace the aligners with the next set in your treatment plan. By the end of your plan, your teeth will have achieved the desired position. Invisalign is an excellent option for most people, but it may not be for everyone. Only an Invisalign preferred provider can determine if Invisalign is a solution for you.
3. Lingual braces
Once a more common option, lingual braces are not quite as popular as they once were. Lingual braces are braces that are applied behind the teeth. Instead of on the front of the teeth, the metal and brackets are attached behind each tooth. Lingual braces required more specialized expertise and are useful only in select cases. For those reasons, they are quickly becoming phased out in favor of the more popular clear braces.
4. Clear ceramic braces
Clear ceramic braces, like those found with the Damon Clear brand, are rising in popularity among adults and older teens. Unlike the Invisalign system, clear ceramic braces are not removable. They are affixed to your teeth by either wires or brackets. Even though they are there to stay, they are still less noticeable than metal braces. Since they are not removed for eating or drinking, care must be taken to avoid discoloring them. They are stain resistant. However, dark colored beverages like coffee and tea can still impact them over time.
Overall, braces have come a long way since they were first introduced. You are not limited to traditional treatment plans anymore.