Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that addresses dental issues by using appliances, including braces. Many teens don’t like the idea of braces, chiefly due to fears of looking different. Some teens simply don’t like the idea of having metal in their mouth. The Marconi Dental Group in Sacramento has several options available to turn orthodontic treatments for teens into the best experience possible. What’s more, every teenager should think about these benefits.
Why Get Braces?
Tooth position — sometimes permanent teeth don’t come in the way they are meant to. If left out of place, crooked teeth can lead to other issues like teeth grinding, bite problems, or sleep apnea.
The best time for orthodontics — Since the teeth and jaw are still developing during adolescence, the jawbone is still somewhat adaptable to change. Orthodontics merely adds focus and control to move the teeth in the right direction.
Building a better you — Once the braces come off, a teen’s improved smile is visible right away, improving confidence and self-esteem. Others notice the improvement, and you might even catch those ridiculing peers covering their own mouths with envy!
Explaining Orthodontic Procedures
Every mouth is different, so a single orthodontic method won’t work for everyone. Your experienced Sacramento dentist at the Marconi Dental Group meets with you and your parents to discuss what options are available. Your dentist takes images of your mouth to create a full model of your teeth. After a detailed analysis, your dentist goes over the findings with you and addresses any specific concerns or preferences you might have. Once you, your parents and your dentist, agree upon the procedure you get fitted for your one of the following orthodontic appliances.
- Traditional braces — these are the most common orthodontic appliance, using metal brackets bonded to the front of the teeth, connected to each other by a thin wire. Elastic ties may help provide tension. Thanks to modern developments, you can customize the brackets, wire and ties with different colors.
- Clear braces — Clear braces use plastic or ceramic brackets instead of metal ones, so they blend in with the natural color of your teeth. This also makes the wire more difficult to notice.
- Lingual braces — instead of being attached to the front of your teeth, lingual braces take a position on the other side, facing your tongue. They take longer to get used to, but they are almost completely hidden from the view of others.
- Clear aligners for teens – Using a series of removable plastic trays, clear aligners apply gradual pressure to your teeth. As your teeth move into position, a new set of trays reinforces the pressure until your teeth are where they should be. The Marconi Dental Group exclusively uses Invisalign for this type of treatment.
Your circumstances might require a different method or treatment than the ones listed here. If so, your dentist will go over all the options with you. Be prepared to have your orthodontic appliance anywhere from three to thirty-six months, followed by a retainer afterward. However, the Marconi Dental Group offers other treatments that speed up the process, like Propel. You can read more about the patented Propel technique on our website.
Although you might stand out as a teen with braces, you will stand out even more as an adult with straight teeth and a fantastic smile, which will stay with you for the rest of your life! Are you ready to see how teen orthodontics can give you that advantage? Contact the Marconi Dental Group by phone today, or schedule a consultation online.