MY TEEN DOESN’T WANT BRACES… WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES?

70% of kids are happy or excited when told that they require braces, based on research from the peak industry body, Australian Society of Orthodontists (ASO); however it is understandable that some feel less enthusiastic.

Although metal braces are one of the most effective treatment options for young people, there are other treatments available such as ceramic/clear braces or clear aligners.

CERAMIC/CLEAR BRACES

Ceramic or ‘clear’ braces might be a good option if your child feels self-conscious about having metal braces. They work just as well as metal braces and are less noticeable.

The main thing to be aware of is they do cost a little more than traditional metal braces because of the materials that they use. Your child will also need to be careful when eating or drinking any colourful foods, which could cause staining to the elastic o-ring that holds the wire in place.

CLEAR ALIGNERS

Clear aligners, such as InvisalignTM, can provide an alternative to fixed braces for less severe orthodontic problems. Removable and virtually invisible, they are a discreet alternative to braces.

However, aligners and braces work in very different ways, and aligners are a more expensive option than regular braces.

If you and your orthodontist decide clear aligner treatment is the right option for your child, they will receive a series of aligners which they wear for a number of weeks each. Your child will need to commit to wearing the aligners for at least 22 hours each day, only removing them to eat and to clean them.

Whether you’re considering traditional metal braces or an alternative, Dr Mehta and the team at Mehta Orthodontics will be able to help you get the best outcome for you or your child.

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