Common Types of Braces for Teens

If your teen needs orthodontic treatment, you may be preparing yourself for battle. Adolescence is a difficult time when everyone wants to fit in. The last thing that your child wants is to be different in some way with braces that are noticeable to everyone. Fortunately, the world of orthodontics has come a long way. Gone are the days when the only choice was a mouth full of metal.

There are many options when it comes to common types of braces for teens. You can work together with Dr. Brodie Bowman to find the most effective treatment plan. At the same time, your teen can have a part in choosing from different alternatives for braces.

In the end, it will be worth it when your teenager flashes those properly aligned, pearly whites; but it sure is nice to have options.

Traditional Braces

Traditional braces are still a great option. They consist of metal brackets and wires that will apply pressure to your teen’s teeth, shifting them into position over time. This is the most common alternative for braces. It’s also going to stand out whenever your teen smiles.

Clear brackets are another option. While they will still work in the same way, they will blend in and make your child feel less self-conscious.

Clear Aligners

Clear aligners, like Invisalign®, have become one of the most popular options for teens and adults when it comes to orthodontic treatment. Aligners are created using medical-grade plastic. They are clear and durable. They slide in over the teeth and must be worn for at least 22 hours a day to have optimal results.

No one hardly knows that they are there. They can be removed for sporting events and special occasions. It is much easier to maintain good oral hygiene with clear aligners. The aligners are changed on a biweekly basis.

Each set of aligners is created with the assistance of 3D technology to generate customized aligners that are tailored to your child’s mouth.

However, this option will not work with all orthodontic problems. During your consultation, our orthodontist will be able to determine if clear aligners are practical for your teen.

Talk to Us Today

With locations in Fort Walton Beach and Niceville, the office of Dr. Brodie Bowman is committed to helping you find the best option for braces for your teen. The first step is to evaluate your teen’s teeth, pinpoint the trouble areas and map out a plan of action.

Once your alternatives have been reviewed, we can agree upon the best course of treatment for your teenager. The treatment will be worth it when your child looks in the mirror and sees a beautiful smile. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for your teen.