Your Teen Feel Self Conscious About Braces? 2 Options That Are Not As Noticeable

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Do you have a teenager with teeth that need a bit of help with proper alignment? They may be resistant to getting braces because they do not want to have teeth with metal brackets attached to the front for the foreseeable future. While traditional braces can be quite effective at fixing even the most extreme teeth alignment problems, there are alternative methods that are less visible to others. Here are 2 options for braces that aren't as noticeable.

Lingual Braces

The big difference with lingual braces is how they're attached to your kid's teeth. Rather than being placed on the front side of their teeth, they are placed on the rear side. It is an alternative form of braces that can also be effective for fixing crooked teeth.

The benefits of lingual braces go beyond looks though. Braces are known to cause problems with those that play wind instruments in their high school orchestra. Since lingual braces sit behind the teeth, they will allow the wearer to keep their lip formation the same when playing the instrument. It should not alter how they play their instrument because of this.

Does your teen play sports? Lingual braces can prevent the inner part of the lip from becoming cut due to metal braces that rub against them on impact. This can make wearing braces much more comfortable during contact sports.


Is your teenager responsible? If so, consider getting them Invisalign. This correction method uses trays made out of clear plastic, and will not be visible to others while being worn.

The responsibility issue comes into play because Invisalign trays can be willingly removed by the person wearing them. It helps make brushing their teeth much easier, and can even be removed for eating or public speaking if necessary.

However, you should only get Invisalign if you trust that your teen will not take out the trays because they are annoyed with them. The trays must be worn for 20-22 hours each day, which is great for when they need to be removed for band or sports, but can be a big problem if your teenager simply does not want to wear them.

These are just a couple methods that can be used for a teen that doesn't want visible braces. For more information about other products, such as clear braces, schedule a consultation with your dentist. They can go over other pros, cons, and pricing for each type of braces. For more information, contact companies like Cobbe Dental & Orthodontics.


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