Parents, we know you have enough to worry about with your teenagers: Their grades, friends, hygiene, and overall risk of getting a neck tattoo. At North Durham Orthodontics, we want you to leave their smile to us. It’s an important part of who they are and how they are viewed and we’ve got you covered.
You may have questions like: Does my son HAVE to have braces? How long will they be on? Why should I even care about an overbite? Can my daughter get Invisalign? What will happen if he doesn’t get braces? Mom and Dad…we get it.
At North Durham Orthodontics we realize that every Teenager is different and will have different needs. So when it’s time for braces each person will need to find the type of treatment that will get them the most functional, best-looking, most efficient result possible. Some Teens will need braces and rubber-bands, while others will use Invisalign. Some will just need a retainer. Dr. Lee treats each Teen uniquely and individually; there is no “one-size-fits- all” in Orthodontics.
At your first appointment you’ll meet with Dr. Lee and her stellar team who will walk you through each step of orthodontic treatment. We want your teenager to have a comfortable and functional bite all while developing an beautiful and confident smile that will last a lifetime.
Don’t worry about your teens smile, please leave that to us. At North Durham Orthodontics, we’ve got your busy Teen covered.
Call or sign-up now for a free consultation and let us help your teen love their Smile.
Types of Orthodontic Appliances
All orthodontic appliances work essentially the same way: by employing light, constant force to move teeth into proper alignment. But how we apply these forces can vary, as numerous innovations have become available in recent years. Some of the newer, less visible orthodontic appliances have been designed to blend more easily into an adult’s personal and professional lifestyle. Types of orthodontic appliances include:
|Traditional Metal Braces — This is probably what you think of when you picture someone wearing braces: small metal brackets bonded to the front of the teeth. A thin wire runs through the brackets and is attached on either end to metal bands that go around a back molar.|
|Clear Braces — Instead of highly noticeable metal brackets, you can have clear ones made of ceramic, plastic or a combination of both. They are hardly visible, except for the thin wire running through, but they are more susceptible to breakage than metal braces.|
Invisalign Teen Clear Aligners — As an alternative to the fixed type of orthodontic appliances mentioned above, clear aligners are removable. They are actually a series of clear plastic “trays” that fit over your teeth exactly. Each tray is part of a series of trays that move your teeth a little bit at a time until they are in the proper position. Your trays are designed with the help of specialized computer software that generates a virtual model of your bite.
|Lingual Braces — These metal braces are bonded to the back of your teeth (tongue side) so that no one can see them. That is the plus side. On the minus side, they can be more difficult to get used to wearing, and are more expensive than traditional braces.|
Wearing a retainer after orthodontic treatment is crucial, no matter which type of appliance you choose and what age you happen to be. Teeth that are not held in place by a retainer long enough for new supporting bone to develop around them can drift back to their original positions, and that’s certainly not something we — or you — want to see happen. We will make sure to instruct you on how to retain your new, more beautiful smile so that it continues to make you look and feel great for years to come.