For generations, teenagers have relied on orthodontics to help them enjoy the aesthetic and health benefits of straighter teeth. Now, patients and their families can choose between different types of teen braces to best fit their needs.
If you’re new to the idea of getting teen braces for yourself or a family member, a visit with Dr. David Markham in Sacramento, CA, the area can get you started. In the meantime, why not read about the three main types of teen braces available at Markham Orthodontics?
Option #1: Traditional Metal Braces
When you hear the words “teen braces,” you probably envision braces constructed of metal brackets that hold the wire in place. After all, these were the only kind of orthodontics commercially available for decades.
These types of braces use wire-based tension to gradually shift teeth into the proper position. Eventually, all teeth are in perfect alignment. Wire braces work well and are still useful in many cases.
The upside to traditional teen braces is that they don’t require a lot of fuss. There are no aligner trays to remove or replace. On the flip side, they can make brushing and floss more difficult. They also limit the types of foods kids can eat because items like corn on the cob and popcorn can get stuck in the brackets. For those reasons, some teenagers prefer different forms of orthodontia like InvisalignⓇ.
Option #2: Invisalign
Unlike traditional braces, the Invisalign system uses custom-made clear plastic aligner trays to move the teeth. About every 10-14 days, teens switch to a new aligner tray, gently but firmly moving their teeth into predetermined locations.
Invisalign costs about the same amount as traditional braces, but can sometimes be faster. It also allows patients the freedom to remove their aligners when eating. Therefore, they have no restrictions on food. However, teens still have to take care of their aligner trays and brush their teeth completely after snacks and mealtimes. Depending upon the patient, this routine may be too demanding, in which case another type of orthodontics solution is often a better selection.
Option #3: Clear Braces
Want to get the discreteness of Invisalign without giving up traditional bracketed braces? The answer is clear braces.
Clear braces rely on “invisible” ceramic brackets instead of metal ones. The brackets blend with the color of natural tooth enamel, making the brackets less noticeable. For many teenagers, clear braces are a perfect alternative to traditional metal braces.
Clear braces cost a bit more than traditional braces due to the ceramic materials. When you come to Dr. Markham for your initial evaluation, feel free to discuss the value of choosing clear brackets instead of traditional metal ones.
Teen Outside Braces for Every Patient
Every Sacramento orthodontics candidate has the same goal of a smile that’s brilliant and straight. With three excellent choices available, Dr. Markham can help you find the best type of teen braces. Contact the office today to set up an evaluation.