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Braces for Teens: Things to Consider

If your teenager needs orthodontic treatment, you may have a long journey ahead. Those teen years are a difficult time, a phase in life when your child simply wants to fit in. Wearing braces can make your child feel self-conscious and may affect his or her self-esteem.

At the same time, you don’t want to ignore orthodontic problems. By correcting issues with the alignment of your teen’s teeth, you’ll help your teenager to finally have an incredible smile with properly aligned teeth. Braces for teens can also help your child to avoid serious problems in the future, such as TMJ disorders and sleep apnea.

When your teen’s teeth have been corrected, it will be easier to keep them clean. As you discuss braces with your child, you can help your teen by finding out about all of the options that are available today.

Clear Aligners are a Possibility

Your teen may be able to benefit from clear aligners, like Invisalign®. Invisalign® is made from medical-grade plastic. The aligners are durable and will stand up to the busy life of a teenager. They should be worn for 22 hours or more for the best results. Every two weeks, they are switched for a new set as your teen’s teeth shift in position. They can be removed when your child has a sporting event or a special event. This is one of the most discreet options for orthodontic correction.

Think About Ceramic Braces for Teens

Ceramic braces include brackets that are clear or the same color as your teen’s teeth. Even the wires can match your child’s teeth. If Invisalign® won’t work for your child, it is still possible to choose braces that are not so obvious.

Traditional Braces Have Improved

If your teen is going with traditional braces made of metal brackets and wires, innovations have improved this type of treatment plan. Self-ligating brackets can tighten the braces and gently shift the teeth without a need for rubber bands. You can work with our orthodontist to find the best treatment plan for your teen.

Talk to Our Orthodontist About Braces for Teens

Come in for a visit with your teen at the office of Dr. Brodie Bowman, DMD so that our experts can evaluate your teen’s teeth. Once we have a clear picture of what your teenager needs to get the best results, we can discuss all of the options when it comes to braces for teens.

You want your teen to be happy during treatment, but you also want to ensure that the right alternative is being used for your child. The most important thing to remember is your child will have plenty of reasons to flash those pearly whites once orthodontic treatment is completed. We have offices in Niceville and Fort Walton Beach. Contact us today to schedule an orthodontic appointment for your teen.