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Orthodontic Options for Your Self-Conscious Teen

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If your teenager has misaligned teeth, the youngster may be increasingly uncomfortable with his or her appearance. Teens are often already self-conscious about the changes that their bodies are undergoing, and crooked teeth can further exacerbate any self-esteem issues. Still, as a parent, you are likely concerned about your teen's confidence. Here are a few dental-alignment options that your teen can feel good about as his or her teeth are being straightened.

Plastic Aligning Trays

Aligning trays are designed from a mold of your teen's mouth and fit into the oral cavity in a similar manner to mouth guards. However, the trays are made of transparent plastic that is difficult to discern against the teeth and is rigid enough to apply sufficient aligning force to straighten the teeth.

During your child's treatment process, he or she will strategically wear several sets of aligning trays to progressively straighten the teeth. Each set of trays is worn for a couple of weeks and then is replaced by the next set in the aligning series.

In addition to being difficult to notice in the mouth, the trays are removable, so your teen doesn't have to worry about being embarrassed by pieces of food getting caught in brackets during meals and snacks. Removing the trays also makes it easy to maintain proper dental hygiene throughout the treatment process.

Braces with Ceramic Brackets

Braces with ceramic brackets are sometimes called clear braces because the color of the brackets matches that of the tooth enamel. When the braces are in place, they are barely noticeable.

Additionally, clear braces are especially handy because they are able to handle difficult alignments that may not be treatable using clear plastic aligners. Even though the brackets of the braces are clear, they exert the same alignment force as traditional metal braces.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are also as effective as traditional metal braces, but their brackets are positioned on the side of the teeth that is next to the tongue. Thus, the braces are not visible when your teen speaks or smiles.

Lingual braces are a great option for active teens who participate in sports. There are no brackets on the front of the teeth on which the lips can be snagged from contact during a game.

To learn more about orthodontic options that your team may be comfortable with, schedule an appointment with a dentist or orthodontist in your local area. Visit sites such as to find a family dentist near you.