What types of braces do I have to choose from?
Thankfully today, metal braces are not your only option. Thanks to developing technology and orthodontic techniques, there are now various treatment options that teens can choose from.
Of course, traditional metal braces still exist and are still the most popular treatment option, but if you're concerned about the effect that braces will have on your appearance during treatment, then these options might suit you:
Invisalign - Clear plastic aligners that are almost invisible. Please click here to learn more.
Clear or ceramic braces - Very similar to traditional braces but are a lot less visible as they are tooth. Please click here to learn more.
Incognito braces - Placed on your teeth so that they can't be seen. Please click here to learn more.
How long do I have to wear my braces for?
It's hard to say exactly how long your treatment is going to take because it depends on the severity of the case and the treatment type you choose.
Your orthodontist will be able to provide you with a treatment plan prior to you commencing treatment, this will clearly outline the time that your treatment requires.
What restrictions are there when it comes to food?
When undergoing braces treatment it can be difficult to eat the foods you love, but over time your teeth and gums will adjust to the feeling and you should be able to eat most foods. There are certain foods and drinks that should be avoided though, they include:
There are other food that can be eaten but the intake of these foods should be limited. If you do choose to consume these foods, it’s best to cut them up into small pieces:
These restrictions don't apply if you choose Invisalign, because the aligners can simply be removed to eat, drink, brush and floss.
Did you know it’s a good idea to have your child’s first orthodontic examination before seven years of age? Although the majority of childhood orthodontic treatment is conducted between the ages of nine to 14, there are some problems that need to be addressed before that age. learn more
Whether you have braces fitted to your teeth or not, it’s always a smart idea to eat a proper nutritious diet. However, if you have braces, it becomes even more crucial to pay attention to your diet, as some foods can increase your risk of tooth decay, or even damage your braces. learn more
The only way to straighten misaligned teeth is to wear braces for an extended length of time, and that can be a problem for some people. Having bulky, metal brackets and wires in your mouth can be unattractive and uncomfortable, and also make it difficult to brush and floss correctly. Invisalign has changed dental treatment radically. learn more