In 2015, over 1 million people in America had braces.
Very few people have actually perfect, straight teeth, so your teen isn’t alone if you find that they need braces.
Teenagers who need braces have different needs than adults or children. Here are five of the most popular options when it come to choosing braces for teens.
1. Traditional Metal Braces
These are the braces that most people think of when they mention braces. If you had braces when you were a teenager, these were most likely the ones that you ended up getting.
While there are more advancements and different types of braces available now, the traditional metal ones still remain a pretty common choice.
Even the metal braces have had a few advancements and adjustments. Now they are lighter and more flexible than they were in the past.
With the metal braces, metal brackets are attached the front of each tooth, connected by a thin wire. The wire is connected to the brackets with tiny rubber bands that are changed out. Normally the orthodontist will let the patient pick out which colors they want, allowing a little room for fun and customization.
These braces will slowly push and pull the teeth to the desired location, making sure that they are in a straight line.
Metal braces are a good choice because they are also one of the cheapest. They are also really flexible and can be modified to fit each patient’s need.
However, the cons with metal braces are that they are the most noticeable, which may make your teen feel self conscious.
Another con with these braces is that they can also break easily and will restrict your teen’s diet by not letting them eat hard or chewy food.
2. Ceramic Braces
Ceramic braces work in the same way as metal braces. Sometimes, ceramic braces are more effective and can straighten your teen’s smile faster than metal braces.
These are different from metal braces though because these are made from a transparent and clear ceramic type material instead of metal.
This means that, unlike the metal braces, they won’t be as noticeable on your teen’s teeth because they just blend in with the color of the tooth. This may help them feel more comfortable with the idea of getting braces.
While that is a great plus, they are normally more expensive than the metal braces. If your teen also doesn’t take care of them well enough, they can stain the teeth which can result in further damage later on when they’re taking off.
However, if your teen is dedicated and determined to taking good care of their teeth, you may be okay with choosing this option. There are many products out there to help you with cleaning your teeth with these braces on so that you still have that bright, white, unstained smile when you finally get them off.
Suresmile is a new advancement in braces for teens. This option combines traditional metal braces with 3D technology.
Suresmile can actually help reduce the time of treatment by about 30%, which will make your teen and you happy.
While these braces are great, the teenagers who don’t want the traditional look of braces should probably not get this one.
These also tend to be more expensive than traditional metal braces.
4. Damon Braces
Damon braces are actually kind of a new thing, but are very popular with orthodontists. These braces are a gentler, easier treatment and may require fewer orthodontic visits.
Instead of using the elastic bands to connect the wire, these braces come with a slide mechanism that automatically adjust the movement of the teeth.
These braces can actually help your treatment time go by faster because the teeth will move on their own without having to wait for the next appointment to get them checked on.
Damon braces will also be less painful because there is not as much friction or pressure to move the teeth. These are also easier to keep clean, which can be useful if your teen wasn’t good at brushing their teeth before braces.
In addition to that, you won’t have to visit the orthodontist as much which means that you won’t have to spend as much time and money there.
These braces also have subtle brackets so they won’t be as noticeable for teenagers, which is a plus.
These braces are incredibly discrete, using no metal, wires, brackets, or rubber bands. Instead, these are invisible aligners that go onto your teeth, kind of like a retainer.
Your teen’s orthodontist will take impressions of their teeth and then gradually change the bite and teeth placement over time. You will get a new retainer every two weeks that you will have to wear on your teeth. Each one gradually brings you one step closer to a perfect smile.
A few benefits to Invisalign is that they aren’t noticeable, hence the name. You can also remove them when you need to, which can make eating and dental hygiene so much easier.
However, the problem with these is that they can’t fix extremely severe cases. They also tend to be much more expensive than traditional braces.
Find These Braces for Teens
If you are looking at different options for braces for teens, ask your orthodontist about some of these options.
See what they would recommend, and then go from there.
If your teenager is ready to get braces, schedule a consultation with us.