A lot of teens have recurring nightmares during their high school years of being embarrassed publicly. For many, they have fears about things like showing up to an exam that they didn’t study for or to a pop quiz for homework they didn’t review, and then standing up and finding themselves nude in front of their classmates or in their underwear in front of everyone they know.
So, whenever something happens in a teen’s life that might bring any attention to them in a negative way, where they might find themselves embarrassed, it is a big deal. And few things are so stereotypically embarrassing to young people as having braces in their mouth.
Which is strange, really. I mean, recent studies show that something like one out of every three people in the United States will need to have braces over their lifetime, so it is obvious that it isn’t a rare thing for students to have in high school and college, especially when you consider that that’s around the time when most people have braces installed in their mouth in order to fix alignment issues, because it’s a lot easier to fix such misalignment when they’re younger, rather than waiting until they’re older. The longer you wait, the worse the issues get, the more damage the misalignment can do, and the more expensive and more of a hassle it is to realign the teeth.
So, your teen needs to go to see the orthodontist, even if it is going to be harder than pulling teeth to get them to go into the office to get the treatment they need. Getting them to see your local practitioner of board-certified orthodontistry can be a challenge, but it’s also something that needs to happen, the sooner the better.
Likely, they’re going to be given braces if they’re given any treatment plan at all. Braces are the most common method of realigning the teeth to a more optimal alignment, and there’s good reason for this; they’re a big step up from the treatment plans used before the advent of braces in the early 70s, as well as having a proven record of success.
And, really, when you look at them, braces are a very elegantly simple method of treating the misalignment of teeth. Rather than requiring all the bulk of headgear, they’re more compact, and are simply put on the teeth. Braces consist of brackets, which are commonly made of a metal like stainless steel or aircraft-grade titanium, which are mounted to the teeth using a long-term, semi-permanent dental adhesive. Over the top of these braces is run a long metal wire, which is wrapped or hooked around the brackets in order to create the tension that will slowly fix the alignment issues of the teeth. This metal wire is held in place on the brackets with the use of rubber bands which are wrapped around the wire and each individual bracket. This system will, over the course of the next few months or years, in some cases, realign the teeth in a more healthy alignment than they’re currently in.
Of course, a big problem with those standard braces is all the metal involved. Teens don’t want to draw attention to the fact that they’re wearing braces; in fact, most people don’t want to draw attention to that fact. So, if there are more discreet options, they’re much preferable. For example, there are white ceramic and porcelain options to replace the metal brackets, but a big problem with those is that you’re going to still find that the metal wire being run over (or through) them is visible. There is, however, a better option.
Invisalign braces for adults and teens is offering braces that are see-through and completely, as the name would suggest, invisible. Unlikely standard braces, they’re not something that you must have held in place with some sort of adhesive, but, rather, they slip on and off with a little effort, just like a glove. They work just as well as their more classic counterparts, but they’re more discreet, more comfortable, less of a hassle, and, basically, are pretty much everything your teen could want in a set of braces.
So, if your teen has misaligned teeth, get them to their local professional orthodontist. They may protest, but reality is that they need it, and they’re better off getting the treatment while they’re younger (and covered by your insurance) than waiting until they’re older and the problems are harder and more costly to fix. You won’t regret getting them done now, believe me.