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Getting braces is seen as a right of passage for many teenagers and, with so many different teeth straightening treatments available, it can be overwhelming as to which treatment choice to go with. Getting braces as a teenager means that not only will they have a lifetime of straighter smiles, but getting braces also ensures that their teeth and jaws are properly aligned, which then promotes better oral and physical health.
As a teenager, this is the ideal age and time to address any orthodontic concerns as it’s easier to reposition teeth and jaws whilst they are still developing. It is also more likely that teenagers will undergo orthodontic treatment if their peers and friends are going through similar treatment around the same time.
In terms of treatment, there are a few different orthodontic brace treatments that your teen can undergo, however, traditional fixed braces tend to be the most popular choice. With this in mind, here are some reasons why orthodontic braces are a good choice for teenagers.
As children grow, so too do their mouths. Milk teeth fall out and are replaced with adult teeth, but as the mouth and jawline is also growing and developing, this is where issues can develop. Many children encounter dental problems such as crowded and crooked teeth, gaps in between teeth, overbites, underbites and crossbites and this can then go on into teenage years, which then can cause problems with self-confidence and appearance.
It is recommended that orthodontic braces and treatment is applied during teenage years as it is a time of change and means that treatment can happen more quickly than if treatment is carried out as an adult, where teeth may be more reluctant to move into the correct positions. For complex dental cases, orthodontic braces are the better choice as opposed to aligners, as orthodontic braces exert pressure on the entire tooth, instead of the upper part of the teeth when using aligners. This then pushes the tooth into the right position from the top to bottom which is far more effective.
Having a straighter, more attractive smile is just one of the number of benefits that having orthodontic braces can provide. In addition to boosting self-esteem and having a more confident smile, there are also some health benefits that come from orthodontic braces, too. If teeth are crooked or overcrowded, then they can be more difficult to clean. Teeth that are straight are much easier to brush and floss, which then leads to fewer cavities and less risk of decay. Over, under and cross bites can put unnecessary stress and pressure on certain teeth, depending on the angle and location, which can lead to chips and cracks in teeth, sore jaw muscles and sensitivity. By having orthodontic braces as a teenager, this can spare issues that come from having a misaligned bite, such as headaches and pain, as they grow into adults. Straighter teeth can also help improve chewing, breathing, sleeping and speech.
There are now more types of orthodontic braces and treatments than ever before. However, here at Dental Solutions, we will be happy to discuss the best treatment option for you during an initial consultation. We primarily offer fixed teen braces and Invisalign treatment for teenagers, but we can discuss this with you further.
In terms of orthodontic braces for teenagers, fixed metal braces are perhaps the most effective treatments. But, as many teenagers are concerned about their appearance when it comes to having braces, more discreet options, such as Invisalign, might be more appropriate. There are, of course, pros and cons to each orthodontic brace treatment, which we can help with.
Metal braces have been used for years and are a treatment option that have helped deliver plenty of exceptional outcomes once removed. Modern metal braces are more discreet than ever and help to correct a multitude of different dental issues and concerns, including jaw and tooth alignment.
Invisalign braces are clear, plastic aligners that sit over the top of teeth. For teens who may be more self-conscious about their appearance and don’t require much in the way of teeth or jaw correction, Invisalign braces may be the preferred choice. They can be easily removed, cleaned and are a good choice for teenagers who play sports or an instrument.
Ceramic braces use ceramic brackets, as opposed to metal ones, in order to mimic the natural tooth colour. This makes it a good alternative for teenagers who may be conscious about their appearance, but require the correction or realignment treatment that comes with metal braces. However, ceramic braces can stain easily so require thorough care and cleaning.
When it comes to orthodontic braces, it’s wise to explore which option is best for your teenager. Here at Dental Solutions, we offer initial consultations with our dental team in order to find the right treatment for you and discuss any questions you may have. We have a dedicated peripatetic orthodontist – Marcin Piekara – who has over 15 years of experience in children’s and adult’s orthodontics. To arrange your consultation, please contact us today.