No teen ever wants to hear the words, "You may need braces."
Adding dental braces to the emotional and physical rollercoaster of adolescence may seem like a death sentence to many teens. At a time when image seems so important, the thought of having metal brackets and wires constantly attached to teeth may outweigh the ultimate benefit of a straight and beautiful smile. Dental braces also have a reputation for causing discomfort and affecting speech.
Before your teen plans to swear off smiling for a few years, let them know that there are dental braces options to help ease their concerns.
No More Metal Mouth
From practically undetectable options such as Invisalign® to fashion-oriented dental braces, such as glow-in-the-dark braces or gold braces, there are now many options available to straighten teeth.
The Invisalign system can give your teen's teeth the same results as standard dental braces while eliminating some of their traditionally frustrating aspects. A patient wears a series of custom-fit, clear aligners, changing them every few weeks to shift teeth into their desired position.
Few people will notice that your teen is wearing the aligners and they can be removed as necessary for eating, brushing and activities such as sports or playing musical instruments. Patients that choose Invisalign also need fewer checkups than those with traditional dental braces. Like dental braces, however, aligners may cause a lisp for their first few days of use, which will go away once your teen gets used to wearing them.