For many decades, traditional metal braces were the only way to straighten a child’s teeth. Even though those devices can be very effective, it is important to realize that there are a few different options to talk about with your pre-teen. Here is a closer look at some of the most popular teeth-straightening treatments on the market.
These popular devices are made up of posts and wires that pull the teeth back into the correct position. Traditional metal braces are usually the most effective treatment for severe alignment issues such as overcrowding. The biggest drawback of metal braces is the fact that they are very visible, and that is one issue that many patients would like to avoid. Patients who have metal braces also need to schedule regular dental checkups to have the wires tightened.
Patients who would like to avoid metal braces often turn to ceramic braces. These devices are also composed of posts and wires, but those components match the natural color of the patient’s teeth. Ceramic braces tend to be quite discreet, but they usually have a higher price tag as well. It is also important for parents to realize that ceramic braces aren’t always a suitable treatment for severe alignment issues.
Clear Plastic Aligners
At-home teeth straightening can be achieved with the aid of clear plastic aligners which are cheaper than traditional braces. Clear plastic aligners have become exceedingly popular over the last few years, and they are a great treatment option for responsible pre-teens and teens who will be able to wear them for at least 20 hours a day. These devices are nothing more than clear trays that apply a little bit of pressure to your child’s teeth at all times. They can be taken out to eat or clean one’s teeth, but they need to be worn most of the time. Every few weeks, your child will receive a new set of trays as their teeth begin to shift.
When the wires and posts are attached to the back of a patient’s teeth, they are referred to as lingual braces. In most cases, lingual braces are completely invisible, and that makes them a popular treatment option among children and pre-teens who are nervous about metal braces that are highly visible. Unfortunately, lingual braces are somewhat difficult to install and maintain. Your child will also need to be devoted to maintaining impeccable oral hygiene habits if you decide to go with lingual braces.
These popular treatments have their own pros and cons, and you will need to weigh all of your options before you make a decision. An experienced dentist or orthodontist can help you come up with a long-term treatment plan that quickly and safely straightens your child’s teeth.
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