The teenage years are usually the best time to have any orthodontic concerns treated. Unfortunately, many teenagers do not like the idea of a mouth full of metal, especially when selfies are a big part of their social life. Today, there is good news when it comes to teen braces. Technology has advanced orthodontic treatments to make braces barely visible and, in some cases, completely invisible, especially in a photograph.
The long-term benefits of orthodontic treatments are well worth it. Not only do braces result in a great smile for the rest of your life, but they also correct many dental issues, such as improper alignment to create a good bite and other things. Straight teeth also help you avoid future problems, such as TMJ disorders and sleep apnea.
Metal braces are what most teenagers want to avoid, but they have several advantages and are much smaller than they were in decades past. Metal braces treat all dental and mouth disorders. While they are still the most noticeable type of teen braces, you can take advantage of this and choose brightly-colored elastic bands to enhance your personal style.
Ceramic braces are a more discreet option, even though they are the same shape and size of metal braces. The benefit is the brackets and wires are tooth-colored, so they are less noticeable and may not even show in a photograph.
Lingual braces are also like metal braces, but they are applied to the back of your teeth so they are not seen at all. However, they take some getting used to because the tongue often rubs against them.
Invisalign® is the closest to invisible that braces can get. They consist of medical-grade plastic aligners that fit over your teeth the same way a mouth guard does. Our orthodontic specialist makes a customized program that aims to push your teeth gradually into the correct position. Every two weeks, you get a new aligner until the job is done. There are no food restrictions and you clean your teeth the same way you always did because the aligners can be removed for eating and cleaning.
Teenagers can get the orthodontic treatment they need with minimal inconvenience and embarrassment. Today, there are several options available for teen braces that are virtually invisible. Schedule an appointment at Petty, Bielik and Burke Orthodontics in Oak Lawn or Frankfort to learn more about the different types of teen braces. Contact us today to book a consultation!