Straightening your teeth for the perfect smile

Orthodontic braces are a big part of life for many teens. And while getting braces may have gotten a bad reputation in the past, there have been major advances in orthodontic treatment that allow your teen to look great in dental braces and still get that perfect smile.

What Are Braces?

Braces for teeth are orthodontic appliances designed to straighten teeth over a period of time. Teen braces are formed in a way that braces teeth into the proper shape as the jaw grows and matures. They can be made out of a wide variety of dental-grade materials; metal braces are stereotypical, but ceramic braces are becoming more common and plastic, clear braces are extremely popular.


Caring for Braces

An orthodontist is usually responsible for applying and adjusting braces and will be able to advise you on the best method of dental care for your teen's braces, too. Some braces may simply require brushing; other types can be removed and cleaned independently.

It is also likely that your teen will have to avoid certain foods while wearing braces. Ask your orthodontist for a list and then do your best to keep these items out of your teen's diet. It might be hard for him or her to go without chewing gum, but they'll likely find it worth the effort when the braces come off to reveal a straight, dazzling smile.

Invisible Braces

It is possible to wear braces without anybody ever knowing about it. Invisalign braces are now available, and – unlike conventional braces – nobody can tell that you're wearing them. Invisalign braces are made of clear material that conforms to your teeth, making them all but invisible to the naked eye. If you're looking for the braces Invisalign has created, it's worth speaking to your orthodontist. Even if they personally do not provide Invisalign braces, they should be able to advise you on how to get them.

The Cost of Braces

If you're looking to price dental braces, the best person to talk to is an orthodontist. He or she will be able to advise you on the cost of braces, as well as on which style of braces is best suited to your teen. An orthodontist should also help you compare Invisalign versus conventional braces to help you find an orthodontic solution that leaves you and your teen with smiles on your faces.

NOTE: Braces may be covered under some child health insurance plans, so be sure to check with your insurance provider, too.