This is why parents have a big role to play when it comes to training their children to cope with the social aspects of teen life. If you’re a parent to teens with braces, you must prioritize their needs and make sure that you’re always there to guide them through this important stage in their lives.
If your child’s dental problems can only be solved with braces, then allow for a wide selection of orthodontic apparatus that he or she won’t be embarrassed to wear. There are currently many types of braces that need not look like the wearer has a full metal mouth!
Some come in ceramic, which is ideal for older teens who don’t want the fixtures to be too obvious. These are made with material that comes close to the natural color of the teeth, so only the bands remain visible from afar.
There are also fixtures worn on the rear of the teeth made available for teens with braces. They work in much the same manner as traditional braces, only the brackets and the wires cannot be seen when the person smiles, and this is great for every teener conscious about his or her appearance.
For those who don’t mind being seen with braces but would like something a bit more trendy, there are the colored braces. Worn like a fashion accessory, these have colored ties, making the appliance far from dull and boring. You can surf the Net for some interactive sites where anyone can pick a color and snap that hue onto a photo of teeth with braces.
Glow-in-the-dark braces are also a popular choice. These actually have a phosphorescent material built into them so the braces give off an eerie glow when in dim light. For teenagers, it’s an extremely cool idea and they won’t mind wearing one for two to three years!
Older teens with braces may also avail of the revolutionary Invisalign invisible braces. They’re made of high-quality transparent material molded into the shape of the teeth and worn as trays. When worn, they’re almost imperceptible; people can’t even tell you’re wearing braces unless you say so.
Invisalign costs anywhere between $3,000 to $5,000 and are changed every two to three weeks. They should be worn around 22 hours a day to get the best benefits. The upside to these clear braces, though, is that the wearer can remove them anytime he or she needs to.
When eating and drinking, for instance, Invisalign should be removed. Thus, there are no lengthy rituals during cleaning of the teeth. You also won’t have to bring along a braces cleaning kit of paraphernalia to clean or protect your teeth with, such as dental picks or dental wax.
For all the technological advances in the field of dentistry today, teens with braces need not worry about being called names anymore.