Is Your Teen Ready For Braces? Are You?
It’s hard to believe how fast our kids can grow up. It seems like just yesterday that your son or daughter’s first tooth was coming in. Now, he or she is eager to learn how to drive … and he or she needs braces.
Well, maybe not braces, but you know in the long run your son or daughter will want straight teeth. You wore braces and your spouse wore braces, so it’s no surprise that you child needs some kind of treatment as well.
Before you commit to a specific treatment, we encourage you to talk to someone at Hubbard & Leath Dental. Our dentists in Rochester Hills, MI, offer a few options worth considering before you and your child decide how to make his or her smile the best it can be.
Ways To Straighten Teeth
When you start thinking about braces, there are a lot of things to consider.
How much will this cost? What does the dentist know about this kind of treatment? What are our options?
We’ll start by answering the last question first. At Hubbard & Leath Dental, our patients can receive metal braces, clear ceramic braces, or ClearCorrect. We’ll explain the differences below.
• Metal braces
These are the standard treatment for straightening teeth. The results of other treatments are measured by how they compare with metal braces.
This system is pretty similar to what you may remember if you wore braces as a teen. Your child will have brackets attached to his or her teeth. A wire will connect the brackets together. Some braces also use elastics (small rubber bands) to assist in the working of moving teeth.
Braces work by pulling or pushing teeth in the direction they need to go. During your treatment, your child will make multiple visits to our office so we can monitor his or her progress. We will make adjustments as needed to keep things moving in the right direction.
On average, this treatment takes about two years to complete.
• Clear ceramic braces
Some teens don’t like the look of metal braces. They work, but maybe not for your son or daughter. This is why we also offer ceramic braces.
These braces more closely match the color of your teen’s teeth. These work the same way as metal braces. Brackets are attached to your child’s teeth and wires connect the brackets to one another. Regular check-ups and adjustments are part of this treatment as well.
And again, this will take about two years to give your teen the straight teeth he or she wants.
Some people have referred to this as a kind of “invisible braces,” but it is more like a series of custom-made retainers.
This may be a good option if your son or daughter has mild or moderate alignment issues. This treatment may not work on severe alignment problems.
We don’t say this to be discouraging. We just want you to know that we will not recommend a treatment unless it will give your son or daughter the results he or she wants to see.
With ClearCorrect, your teen will receive a series of aligners. Each aligner will push his or her teeth closer to a straight position. As long as your teen wears the aligners as recommended, he or she could complete this treatment in about a year.
One of the benefits of wearing aligners instead of braces is that aligners are removable. Your son or daughter can take them out for meals and to brush and floss his or her teeth.
Decades Of Knowledge
More than 30 years ago, our own Dr. Hubbard spent two years studying with a leader in the field of orthodontics. Since then, straightening teeth has been a big part of what he has done in his dental practice.
When your child sits down in one of our chairs for an evaluation or during his or her treatment, you’ll know your teenager is in good hands.
We will be able to tell you what will work.
And we’ll be able to make adjustments as needed to keep everything moving in the right direction.
Ready To Work With Your Family
We know that getting braces or ClearCorrect is a big commitment on your part. We encourage you to talk to our staff about insurance and payment options.