5 Signs Invisible Braces Are Right for Your Teen
When many people think of invisible braces, they think of adults wearing discrete adult braces. However, your teen or adolescent child can also benefit from wearing invisible braces. Here are five signs they should try this exciting alternative to boring metal braces:
1. Your teen is easily embarrassed
For kids who are easily embarrassed, metal braces (or anything that makes them look different) can add to those feelings. If you know that your teen is sensitive, consider giving him or her a bit of support by helping him or her to not stand out. In terms of efficacy, there is no difference between invisible braces and metal braces.
2. Your teen wants an option they can remove
If your teen is just jumping into the dating world and wants to experience his or her first kiss without a mouthful of braces, you may want to look for braces that can be removed. Some invisible braces work more like retainers than braces. They essentially look like a clear mouthguard that slips over the teeth to move them to their desired location.
However, you don't have to worry about your teen not using these braces if they are removeable. Most of them are fitted with marks that wear off as they are worn. That way, the orthodontist can tell if the patient has been wearing them or not.
3. Your teen has a sensitive mouth
One of the worst things about metal braces is that they can scrape the inside of your mouth. If you have a kid who is sensitive to oral pain, you may want to consider invisible braces instead of metal. To assess if your kid is sensitive, think about how often they have complained about mouth or gum pain; if the answer is frequently, consider using relatively soft invisible braces. Another indication that your kid has a sensitive mouth is if their gums bleed when they brush.
4. You don't like the look of coloured braces
Many kids with conventional metal braces like to add coloured rubber bands to their braces. Some people think these colourful accents look adorable, but others think they look silly. If you are in the latter camp, just avoid the issue altogether by getting your kid invisible rather than metal braces.
5. Your insurance covers invisible braces
If your insurance covers both metal and invisible braces, you may as well pick the more attractive option. Talk with your orthodontist about other reasons why this type of braces may be right for your kid.