3 Types of Braces and Their Benefits for Teenagers

Once upon a time, teenagers looked on the possibility of getting braces with horror. However, nowadays, braces don't carry the stigma that they once did. In fact, because there are now various types of braces, teens have more of a say in how they straighten their teeth.

Because braces reduce the risk of tooth decay, tartar formation and tooth fracture, it is well worth starting a course of orthodontics as a teenager. If you are unsure of which type of braces is suitable for you, the following information should help you make a decision.

Traditional Metal Braces

Metal braces are the most effective type of braces available. These braces excel at correcting major orthodontic issues. For instance, if your teeth are severely crowded because your jaw is too small or your baby teeth came out too early, metal braces can move them into their rightful places.

An orthodontist can do this by manipulating the brackets on each of your teeth. With a preset amount of pressure and by tweaking the pressure exerted on each tooth over time, your orthodontist can give you a straight smile.

However, although you can choose coloured brackets and elastics, metal braces will always be clearly visible when you smile or speak.

Ceramic Braces

These braces is very similar to metal braces in terms of appearance and how they move your teeth. However, ceramic braces are slightly less effective than traditional metal braces at moving teeth. But the difference is minimal.

The biggest advantage of ceramic braces is that they are much less visible than metal braces. This is achieved with clear brackets and wires that are not invisible but give you a little more discretion as you straighten your teeth.

Invisalign Braces

These braces have the most advantages in terms of being discreet. Not only are Invisalign braces invisible because they utilize clear plastic, but they are removable too. So, you can go to school without worrying about how your orthodontic care might affect your appearance. Moreover, if your aligners affect your speech, you can remove them during presentations.

However, because you can remove them, you must be responsible when wearing them. That means wearing them for at least 22 hours per day and cleaning them after meals. However, unless you require only mild to moderate orthodontic care, you might need something a little more effective, such as metal or ceramic braces.

Are you unsure of what braces are right for you? Then speak to your dentist or orthodontist and decide together what might benefit you and your situation the most.