Braces For Teenagers
Fixed Braces For Teens
Teeth straightening braces aren’t only for children. No matter what your age, it’s never too late to have your teeth straightened. Not only does it improve your smile, but it also helps improve your dental health. Millions of teenagers and young adults wear braces today – as a result, orthodontics and dentists are very familiar with teeth straightening requirements of teenage patients.
Why do teenagers (or teens) need to wear braces?
Many teens and young adults suffer from teeth misalignment issues such as crooked or crowded teeth, overbites and underbites. If these issues are left untreated, many of them can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, headaches and earaches as well as chewing, biting and speaking issues. Also, having straight teeth improves the overall appearance of your smile, give young adults and teenagers a huge confidence boost.
Is orthodontic treatment different for teenage and young adult patients?
Teenagers and young adults can benefit from the advantages of a straighter smile and improved dental health as much as children. Orthodontic treatment can take a little longer as you grow older – treatment durations for teens are longer than those for children and treatment duration for young adults is longer than those for teenagers. The typical teenager wears braces for between 6 months to 2 years; the treatment duration depends on the severity of teeth overcrowding or misalignment. Once the braces treatment is complete, you will be required to wear an orthodontic retainer in order to prevent the teeth from shifting back to their original position.
What kind of braces exist for teenagers / teens?
Teenagers have orthodontic needs that are specific to them. Many teens prefer to have braces that are quick to straighten teeth and discreet where possible. With advances in braces technology, many teeth straightening options exist in the market today that address the requirements of a typical teen.
Traditional fixed metal braces are the most common type of orthodontic braces. They are made of stainless steel and fixed to the front portion of the teeth. Teenagers sometimes complain that the fixed metal braces are very obvious to other and also that the metal brackets cause discomfort by rubbing against the inside of the skin and cheek. These issues can usually be addressed by using different types of braces. Fixed metal braces tend to be cheap and very efficient at straightening teeth.
Ceramic braces are similar to traditional fixed metal braces. Like metal braces, ceramic braces are fixed to the front surface of the teeth, however, unlike metal braces, ceramic braces are made from ceramic tooth coloured material. They therefore blend into the surrounding teeth, making them less noticeable to others. More care is usually required with ceramic braces given they are prone to breaking more easily compared to metal braces.
Lingual braces are concealed braces that have brackets attached to the inside portion of the teeth, completely hidden from view. This makes lingual braces invisible to others. Lingual braces are gaining popularity lately with teenagers looking for discreet braces.
Invisible braces are virtually invisible braces made from clear hardened plastic material called aligners. They are manufactures as a series of customized, removable appliances, with each set of aligners moving your teeth by a small amount, with the next set in the series moving the teeth a little further, till the teeth have moved to their final position. Invisible braces are completely removable and virtually invisible – they therefore don’t trap food between your teeth like metal braces do. Each set of aligners is worn for approx. two weeks; they are then replaced with the next set of invisible aligners till the teeth have moved to their final positions. The invisible aligners should only be removed for brushing, eating and flossing. Invisible braces have lately become very popular with teenagers as they are virtually invisible and they don’t impact their social or school / university life, usually key requirement for teen patients.
How much do teen braces cost?
Cost of teen braces often depends on the kind of braces you choose and the severity of teeth misalignment. Teen brace treatments usually start around £1,500 and can go up to £4,000. If you are interested in finding out how much fixed braces might cost for you, our orthodontists can provide you an accurate price once they have had a chance to assess your teeth and understand your teeth straightening needs. Please feel free to book a free orthodontic consultation by contacting our reception team.
Whites Dental provides Fixed Braces for Teenagers to teen and young adult patients near us in Central London. Our teen brace treatments include fixed braces, ceramic braces, removable braces, Fastbraces, 6 Month Smiles, Damon braces and Invisalign invisible braces. We are located in London Waterloo, next to Southwark tube station. We are a 10 minutes’ walk from Elephant and Castle, London Bridge, Southbank and Borough stations.