If your teen needs braces, there are many options available. Each type of braces are equally as strong and as effective as the others. Clear ceramic braces and platinum gold braces work exactly the same as metal braces for your teen, but they offer different visual appearances. Clear ceramic braces blend in with the teeth more, and platinum gold braces can be an alternative for teens with allergies to certain types of metal such as nickel.
If your teen doesn’t want the look of braces, Invisalign may also be an option. Invisalign are clear aligners that can straighten teeth like braces. However, not all teens may be a candidate for Invisalign depending on their unique oral situation. Invisalign also requires more diligent care on the part of your teen to keep aligners clean and worn for at least 20 to 22 hours a day.
No matter what type of braces and orthodontic treatment your teen may need, it is important to be patient, compassionate, and understanding during the process. Be encouraging of your teen’s good habits for taking care of braces, other oral appliances, and teeth. Remember to keep meal times and snacks braces-friendly, as well. Most important of all, make sure your teen feel like they can voice any discomfort they may be experiencing, and make sure to openly discuss with them the expectations of braces and their overall orthodontic treatment.