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Alternative to braces for teens

Are you familiar with the options that are available to treat teeth misalignment problems in teenagers? Traditional metal braces are commonly used, but these are not the only choice that you have.

Metal braces are made of brackets that are adhered to each tooth and connected using metal wire and elastic bands. They can be used to treat almost all types of misalignment problems, but there are many cons associated with them as well.

The procedure can be very uncomfortable as pressure is applied on the individual tooth to move them to their correct orthodontically position. You are restricted from eating certain foods, and cleaning your teeth can also become a challenge while having braces on. Not that metal braces are a bad option for your teen, but various other options can be preferred instead of metal braces. Now, what are these options, and why are they a better alternative to metal braces?

Alternative to Metal Braces

  • Ceramic braces

Ceramic braces are made up of transparent or tooth-colored brackets instead of metal or gray-colored brackets and wires. These are almost similar to metal braces but less noticeable than them. If conventional metal braces are a huge concern for you, then ceramic braces are the best option. The treatment period is shorter than other alternatives, and they can be used to treat almost all types of misalignments. However, precautions must be taken, like avoiding eating colored foods because that can stain the braces.

  • Lingual braces

Lingual braces, much like traditional braces, are composed of brackets and wires. However, unlike metal braces, lingual braces are attached to the back of the teeth. You must consult with our dentist about your candidacy for the treatment since lingual braces may not be used to treat all types of misalignment. It is suitable for patients who have deep overbite issues.

  • Retainers

Retainers are another option that you can choose for your teen to treat misalignment. They can be used to effectively treat minor misalignment like gapped teeth, single tooth adjustment, or other issues. We also recommend retainers to treat tongue thrust issues or teeth grinding.

  • Invisalign

Invisalign is getting very popular nowadays to treat misalignment issues. These are transparent plastic aligner trays that must be worn at least 22 hours per day. They are a more comfortable option than braces and, due to their transparent nature, they stay in disguise. These are removable, making your child more comfortable while eating or brushing.

The final decision is with your teen, whether he/she wants traditional braces, Invisalign, or ceramic braces. Discuss with your child as well as our dentist about all the available options and which is the most suitable for them.

Please reach out to our dental practice in Salida, CA, to have a consultation with our dentists. Please call us at (209) 543-0555 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.



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