When you tell your kids that you’re both heading to the orthodontist for a consultation on braces, they may immediately race to your old photo album. Citing old photos of you as evidence, they make a case for why braces are out of style. While you want them to learn how to put health needs above aesthetic ones, you can also talk to them about the ways that braces are fashionable now.
The thought of wearing metal and wires on their teeth might be overwhelming for some kids, especially teenagers who are at the height of peer pressure about beauty and fashion. They will likely be happy to know that alternative options, such as Invisalign, exist in today’s world. They might get to wear Invisalign, which is a set of essentially invisible aligners. Your kids might also be candidates for other options, such as metal squares that go behind their teeth.
Colored Bands and Brackets
Even if your kids have to get the traditional type, they can still play up their personal style. They do not have to go with just plain metal brackets and wires. Selecting different colors is a possibility that many kids select. They might want to pick their school colors if they are on a team or in a club; other kids decide to select their favorite shades.
Colors and Holidays
Kids usually need to go to the orthodontist every six weeks or so to have their gear checked out. During these appointments, they can get the colors changed. Many kids like to change the colors based on the seasons or upcoming holidays. The amount of time between appointments is just the right amount of time to get ready for the next celebration.
Contact an Orthodontist Today
For moderate to severe malocclusions, you will need wire or ceramic braces that are attached to your teeth and remain in place for an average of two to four years. The brackets and wires of traditional braces are designed to apply pressure against the teeth to shift teeth into the correct positions. If you require traditional braces, then you will visit an orthodontist on a regular basis to have the wires adjusted. You might need to schedule an emergency visit with an orthodontist when a wire or bracket breaks. Teenagers and adults with mild malocclusions are candidates for clear plastic aligners that fit over the teeth and are easy to remove. To learn more about orthodontic braces, schedule an appointment today.
Orthodontic Fact #5 Improve your dental health in style. Many teens today fashion their dental braces with colored bands and brackets. Braces are now worn as a fashion statement.
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Dr. Michael McDermott earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in both Chemistry and Biology from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. He followed his undergraduate degrees with a doctorate in dental surgery at the University of Minnesota, where he graduated with highest distinction.
Dr. Mike then furthered his dental education by earning a masters and certificate in Orthodontics at the University of St. Louis in Missouri.