When preparing to visit a Minneapolis dentist, is your adolescent ‘bracing’ for the worst – like a mouth full of a metal braces? Unfortunately, preventing a need for braces can be difficult. Regular dental hygiene helps, of course, but sometimes genetics are not in your favor as teeth come in crooked.
The silver lining (or rather, the not-so-silver lining) is that there have been a number of advances in the dental field that provide more options for braces. You no longer have to highly noticeable metal tracks across your teeth.
Here are a few of your options.
Clear braces work in the same way metal braces do. The key difference is that clear brackets are used instead of metal ones. These braces will blend in with the natural color of your teeth. There are braces made of plychrystaline alumina, a crystal-clear material, or braces made of ceramic that will accomplish this look.
Lingual Care braces
Lingual Care braces are the best if you absolutely do not want your braces to be seen. However, you can expect a price hike to make that happen.
The braces are actually placed on the inside of your teeth, instead of outside, to keep them hidden from view. They do offer more than aesthetics though – each set is customized specifically for the patient’s teeth, ensuring an effective and more comfortable fit.
Invisalign Teen braces
Chances are, you’ve heard of Invisalign. The regular Invisalign aligners were not available for use with adolescents. Now, they have a teen line. But whether your child will be an eligible candidate must be determined by a professional.
The Invisalign Teen aligners – which are nearly invisible – are custom designed based on a treatment plan to fit the patient’s teeth. They must be worn every day for 20 to 22 hours, except when eating, brushing or flossing teeth and during sports activities. You switch out your aligners set every two weeks.
It’s a fact that braces, in their early days, were made of a variety of materials, including gold and silver. That practice halted when less expensive stainless steel alloys became available.
Gold is making a comeback, however, because it adds a little flair to your dental work. The told color tends to blend better than the steel and gives a warmer appearance. Gold braces are most similar to the traditional metal braces, so if your Minneapolis dentist recommends a more traditional brace for you, this is still a possibility.
If you must get a more traditional set of metal braces, either because of cost or your particular dental condition, don’t fret. Even these are being improved all the time, and they’ve already become smaller and more comfortable than in decades past.
Your options in braces are increasing all the time, even to include “speed braces,” or Six Month Braces (see our article to learn more).
If you think you or your child may need braces in the future, discuss your options with your Minneapolis dentist – and remember that this temporary treatment will lead to a permanently great smile!