Braces for Teens
Misalignment affects roughly 15-20% of the US population. Over a million Americans are wearing braces. If your teen is diagnosed with malocclusion and braces are recommended, he or she is by no means alone. Decades ago, there were few options when it came to straightening teeth. Today, there are several options.
Teenagers have different needs than adults or children. This is also true when it comes to choosing options for straightening teeth. Some teens are concerned with fitting in with their peers and not drawing attention to themselves. Others may be more pragmatic and not quite as invested in appearances. Schatz Orthodontics offers choices so your teen can feel comfortable with the orthodontic treatment process.
There are several oral health problems associated with bite correction. When a teenager suffers from overbite or underbite, biting the gums or lips is possible. Gapped teeth treatment or correction of teeth crowding can eliminate these issues. Braces are inclusive of numerous technologies, such as Invisalign®, that can address issues with the alignment and positioning of teeth.
Types of Braces
After a thorough examination and analysis of the misalignment, Dr. Schatz will make suggestions regarding the most effective options for straightening your teen’s teeth. Here are some of the available choices:
- Traditional Metal Braces – These are the braces most adults are familiar with, and they are still a common choice for straightening teeth. Today’s metal braces have more flexibility and are lighter than those from past decades. They also come in colors and are among the least expensive options.
- Ceramic Braces – Similar to metal braces, ceramic braces work essentially the same way; however, they are not as noticeable. The brackets are clear ceramic-type material instead of metal, and the wires used to hold them in place are tooth-colored.
- Invisalign Teen – These are the least noticeable braces. This method uses sets of clear aligners worn on the teeth. Each set is worn for about two weeks and then replaced with another set. The aligners are removable, so your teen can enjoy their usual meals and snacks, and oral hygiene does not require any special adjustments. Since the aligners are clear plastic, they are hardly noticeable, making them the top choice for teens who like to be discreet.
Keep in mind that your teen’s options may be limited due to the severity of the malocclusion. For example, for severe cases of misalignment, Invisalign Teen may not be an option. Each case is unique, and Dr. Schatz will make the best recommendations for your teen.
Early Intervention Orthodontics
An oral expander for the teeth, which may include a palate expander, can correct teeth crowding. When the teeth are too packed together, cross bite is likely to occur. Braces are a form of cross bite treatment that effectively rearrange the position of the teeth so that normal and healthy function is restored.
If bite correction is impacting your teen’s ability to enjoy eating and drinking, playing a musical instrument or participating in sporting activities, braces may provide a solution. At Schatz Orthodontics, we are committed to offering treatments that provide lasting results. Teeth crowding is both uncomfortable and inhibitive. In adulthood, these dental issues can lead to gum disease and even tooth loss. Taking advantage of orthodontics will make the future brighter for your teenager.
Contact Schatz Orthodontics today to schedule your teen’s initial consultation. This complimentary appointment will answer questions you and your teen may have about the process. We can get them started on the road to a straighter, more beautiful smile.