The teen years are the ideal time for a child to wear braces. Most of their teeth are in by then and their bones are growing and changing so adjusting teeth is still easy. However, the teen years are also when your child is self-conscious about his or her appearance and may resent wearing braces. There are different options in braces that you can discuss with your child's dentist. Here's a look at what the dentist might recommend.
Wire Braces Are The Least Expensive
Wire braces are the original braces that kids have worn for many years and that you may have had as a child. Today, they are less bulky and the bands come in a variety of colors so they're a little more kid-friendly. Wire braces are usually the least expensive option and could be the best choice when a budget is a concern. They are also permanent until the dental work is complete so you don't have to worry about your child taking the braces out when away from home.
Some wire braces fit on the back of the teeth rather than the front. These are more expensive and they also make it harder for your child to brush and clean their teeth properly. However, the advantage is that the braces are nearly invisible when they're affixed to the back of the teeth.
Clear Braces Are Removable
Another option for your teen is the clear tray type that can be removed for eating and tooth brushing. The advantage to these braces is that they are clear and almost invisible so they have the least impact on your child's appearance. The downside to the braces is that they can be taken out at any time and if your child removes them too often, they won't work as well as they should. Before you choose these, you'd have to determine if your child can be trusted to leave them in for most of the day and night. If your child resists the thought of wearing braces, then a permanent option could be better.
Ceramic Braces Could Be A Good Compromise
Ceramic braces work just like metal braces, but these have ceramic brackets rather than metal ones. That makes the braces less noticeable when your teen wears them. This could be a good option if your teen opposes metal braces because of their bulky appearance. Ceramic braces still need frequent adjustments and they are worn permanently until the dentist removes them and provides a retainer for your child to wear.
Although you and your child have a say in the type of braces your child wears, your dentist might have a recommendation based on the type of dental work your child needs. In some cases, metal might be better, in which case the clear trays might not be a good option.
No matter what kind of braces your teen wears, an adjustment period is necessary. It doesn't take long to get used to wearing them and although they can be uncomfortable when they are tightened, your teen can look forward to an improved smile by the time they're ready for college.
To learn more, contact an orthodontic office like Cobbe Dental & Orthodontics.