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What Are the Best Options for Straightening Teenagers’ Teeth?

In addition to being an unsightly problem, a misaligned smile can also lead to serious oral health complications down the road. If your teenager is tired of struggling with crooked teeth, then you might want to take a closer look at some of the most effective treatment options that are available today.

Traditional braces

Recent studies have revealed that just over 4 million Americans wear braces, and that makes it one of the most common dental treatments in the country. Traditional braces are an excellent option for those who have moderate to severely misaligned teeth, and they will often straighten a patient’s smile within a year or two. The biggest drawback of traditional braces is the fact that they can be very conspicuous, and that is one of the reasons why many teenagers prefer to avoid them.

Clear Braces

Clear braces are very similar to traditional braces, but they are made from clear plastic instead of metal. These braces are attached directly to the front of the teeth, and they gently pull the patient’s smile back into alignment over time. Another option is ceramic braces that closely resemble the natural color of one’s teeth, and your teen might want to take a look at those devices as well.

Invisalign Aligners

Invisalign braces are more popular than ever, and countless patients have benefited from those cutting-edge dental devices. Instead of using wires and brackets to pull teeth into alignment, Invisalign aligners use thin plastic trays. Those trays are nearly invisible once they are in the mouth, and your teen can take them out at any time if they want to brush or eat. Once every few weeks, the new trays will automatically be sent to your teen as their teeth continue to shift.

Surgery

For the most severe cases of malocclusion, a patient might need to undergo a procedure. Severe misalignment can sometimes be caused by underlying issues with a patient’s jaws, and those problems might require a surgical procedure. During one of those operations, the surgeon will pull the patient’s jaw back into the correct position and then brace it so that it heals in place.

While many of these treatments are going to require a little bit of patience, the results will almost always be worth it. Having a straight and beautiful smile is going to boost your teen’s confidence and greatly reduce their risk of many different health problems later on.

Tim Esterdahl

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