Two of the most common dental problems teenagers have nowadays are crooked and gapped teeth. Blame it on poor or infrequent dental care that they received when they were younger, but for teens, having crooked or gapped teeth can be a big deal. With these types of orthodontic problems, your teenaged child may not have any good reason to smile often. And this can lead him or her to start losing confidence, having low self-esteem, and failing to make and keep friends.

If you want to give your child the gift of “possessing the perfect smile,” braces are almost always the go-to treatment for crooked and gapped teeth.However, wearing traditional braces can really hamper one’s preferred diet and eating habits and would really pose a big problem for teenagers (and generally, to anyone). Eating several types of food will be discouraged by the dentist, as there are certain kinds of food that can easily get entangled on a patient’s braces. So to avoid unnecessary visits to the dental practitioner for cleaning and adjustments, your child should really be careful about what he or she eats, and as the parent, you also need to be mindful about what you can serve and allow your child to eat.

Aside from being quite high-maintenance, traditional braces are also quite and not so appealing to look at; they hide one’s teeth in unattractive wire and bracket braces. This is one of the main reasons why teenagers abhor the idea of wearing them — they do not wish to look and feel awkward and geeky.

Fortunately, teenagers can do away with those chunky braces while achieving a revitalized smile. And this can be done by choosing to get invisible braces for your teenaged child. These invisible braces remove the hassles of wearing metal braces that almost always cause some uneasiness and discomfort to the user. Invisible braces have been proven to be effective in treating different orthodontic issues that include crooked teeth, overbite or over jet, crowded teeth, and gapped or widely spaced teeth. These clear and lightweight aligners can also be removed anytime by your child when he or she wants to eat, socialize, or participate in a public speaking engagement.

The length of treatment depends on your child’s orthodontic problem and the type of invisible braces he or she will be wearing. In general, dentists recommend that the invisible braces be worn from 18 to 24 months, for at least 22 hours per day. However, they can sometimes be worn longer.

Invisible braces can be the perfect teeth-straightening solution for teenagers since they are easy and comfortable to wear. But if your teenager still has some baby teeth, this will not be a recommended option. To find out if invisible braces are the best solution for your teenager’s crooked or gapped teeth, it is always best to consult a trusted dentist first.

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