Teens aren’t the only ones who are excited about having their teeth straightened. Many adults are also looking for a solution that offers them the smile they’ve always wanted.
For teens, Invisalign can be a great alternative to traditional braces. It allows adolescents to straighten their teeth without having to wear uncomfortable metal brackets or wires. Instead, clear aligner trays are worn over teeth to straighten them over time.
Unlike traditional braces that use wires and brackets to move teeth into place, the Invisalign system uses a series of clear plastic aligners that fit tightly over the teeth and gently move them into their proper positions. Each tray is worn for about two weeks before progressing to the next in the series until teeth are properly aligned. The aligners are removable, so patients don’t have to change their diet or oral care routine in order to use them. They are also comfortable and virtually invisible when worn. After treatment is complete, retainers are prescribed to keep teeth in their new position.
To straighten teeth without braces, many teens turn to porcelain veneers or resin composite bonding. But which is right for your teenager?
Our dentist in Englewood, NJ, can help your teen choose the best option. We work closely with our patients to develop a treatment plan that meets their needs and budget.
The process for placing porcelain veneers is simple and involves only a few visits to our office. First, we’ll remove a thin layer of enamel from your teeth to ensure the correct final fit for your veneers. Then, we capture impressions of your teeth to send to our lab, where your veneers are created. Once your custom veneers are ready, you’ll return to our office to have them placed. We’ll check and make sure your bite is comfortable before permanently bonding your veneers to your teeth. Once they’re attached, you can care for them like you would any other tooth: brush twice daily, floss daily, and see your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. In just a few short weeks, you’ll have a brand-new smile you’ll love to show off in pictures!
What type of treatment is best depends on your teen’s needs and desired results. Most patients who receive traditional braces do so because they need a more comprehensive treatment plan that will move the teeth in multiple directions and fix other issues like bite problems at the same time.
For patients who are looking for a quick way to straighten misaligned front teeth, cosmetic options like porcelain veneers and resin composite bonding may be best. Both treatments only cover the front of the teeth and are a good option for patients who don’t need their molars moved as well.
For more information about comfortable orthodontic treatment options, visit Englewood Dentistry at 334 Grand Ave, Englewood 07631, or call (201) 541-8111.