Sometimes clear braces are a better option than traditional braces.
Traditional metal braces aren’t always the best option for older teens, who may be sensitive about their appearance. They want straighter-looking teeth, but not at the “social” expense of wearing traditional braces in high school.
Clear braces for teens use clear, thin, plastic aligners to shift teeth into place. Teenage patients get new custom-made clear aligners about every two weeks. The beauty of clear braces is that teens can remove them to eat, brush, and drink, which makes it easier to keep their teeth cleaner than if they have regular braces. While the invisible aligners usually go unnoticed by friends and family, they can be removed for special occasions like an important stage performance or a first date.
The cost is comparable to traditional braces, but they may be a better option for those students who may have needed braces in middle school yet, for whatever reason, did not get them. Once students reach high school age, they are far happier with the invisibility clear braces. Studies have shown that parents should not ignore displeasing elements that adolescents bring to their attention, including things like dark, blotchy, or crooked teeth. The psychological and aesthetic component is often as important as the health of the teeth and the beauty of the smile. Invisible braces have proven to be an excellent choice for teens with busy after-school schedules who desire hassle-free orthodontics. They are also a preferred choice for adults who need braces, and treatment usually takes a year or less.
For more information on clear braces, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.