If your teen needs braces, there are a few options for treatment that you can choose from.
Farley Orthodontics offers several different treatment options that can help you pick the best option based on their specific wants and needs. These are a few of the options you can choose from.
If you want to go the classic route, traditional braces are a great option to straighten your teen’s teeth. This is the most common choice people end up going with. With this option, metal brackets are attached to the front of your teeth and joined together with stainless steel wires. The orthodontist tightens and adjusts these wires to straighten the teeth and correct any bite issues. You can also choose to add colored elastics to your brackets to personalize the look. If you choose this option, there are some things to be aware of: first of all, there are certain foods you can’t eat with braces. Gummy candies, popcorn, and gum are all prohibited if you have braces. You should also consider that you need to brush your teeth and clean between brackets after every meal.
Invisalign has become an increasingly popular alternative to traditional braces, especially in the last few years. Invisalign is a clear, removable aligner that straightens your teeth just as well as traditional braces. Much of the draw of Invisalign comes from its removability and its design. Because it is clear, Invisalign is less obvious than traditional braces, which can help with confidence issues. Many people feel self-conscious to be seen in braces, and Invisalign helps alleviate some of that stress. Because the aligner is removable, there are no foods or drinks that you need to avoid during treatment. Simply remove your aligner before eating, and put it back in after brushing your teeth. However, gum is still a bad idea with Invisalign.
This last alignment option combines traditional braces with the subtlety of Invisalign. Lingual braces are exactly the same as traditional braces, except the brackets and wires are attached to the back side of the teeth. This allows you to be more discreet while aligning your teeth. This option is great if your teen works in acting, modeling, or athletics. This option has the same requirements as traditional braces, which means you should avoid eating anything that could break a bracket or get stuck in your teeth.
Trying to find the right orthodontic treatment option for your teen is a big decision. It will affect their appearance and lifestyle for months, and can be a big hit to their self esteem. Do your research into each of these options, and decide with your teen the best option for your treatment.
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