Malocclusion is a major concern among teenagers. It not only causes chewing or speaking problems but also leads to loss of confidence and self-esteem among teenagers. Metal braces have been used for treating malocclusion for many years. These are orthodontic devices made up of metal wires and brackets adhered to the front of the teeth to correct misaligned teeth. However, the procedure of teeth alignment using metal braces can be a bit uncomfortable.
Drawbacks of Metal Braces
Braces push individual teeth to their orthodontically correct positions, hence causing discomfort. With metal braces, you are restricted from eating certain foods. Also, cleaning your teeth properly becomes a challenge. For many teenagers, visible metallic braces in their mouths also become a matter of huge concern.
Metal braces are not the only option available for your teenager. Consult with our dentist about the various options available that are best suitable for your child. There are various alternatives that you can look for, namely, Invisalign, ceramic braces, retainers, lingual braces, etc.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a transparent alignment tray that has to be worn by your teen for at least 22 hours every day. These trays are removable and must be changed every few weeks to get efficient results. Invisalign is a better option for teenagers because these are transparent and are not easily visible. This makes teenagers less conscious while wearing them. Invisalign is less irritating than braces since it is made up of plastic material, so there are no chances of metal brackets rubbing on the inside of their cheeks and getting injured by wires. Since you can take off Invisalign anytime, there are no restrictions on consuming certain foods, and cleaning becomes very easy, unlike braces.
What are Ceramic Braces?
Ceramic braces are very much similar to metal braces, but the brackets in ceramic braces are tooth-colored or transparent and not metallic. This aspect makes ceramic braces an ideal choice for teenagers whose major problem with braces is the visible metal brackets. The treatment period with ceramic braces is shorter than Invisalign, and ceramic braces can be used to treat almost every type of malocclusion. However, precautions have to be taken with ceramic braces since highly colored or sugary foods can stain them.
What are Lingual Braces?
Another alternative to metal braces is lingual braces. These serve the same purpose as metal or ceramic braces, except instead of the front of the teeth, lingual braces are attached to the back of the teeth. You can wear lingual braces while keeping them hidden behind your teeth completely. However, every type of misalignment cannot be treated with lingual braces, as these are most suitable for people having deep overbite issues.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Pasadena, TX, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Sprott. Please call us at (281) 991-6530 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.