The Braces Journey for TeensJune 8, 2018 / byHealthier Societies / Categories : Dental
Braces – the very word can send a shiver down the spine, especially for anyone who was a kid in the 70s and 80s and had to wear conspicuous metal train tracks on their teeth for two or more years.
Berkshire-based teens will be pleased to know that braces in Windsor aren’t what they used to be. For a start, there are more kinds of braces on offer than there were 30 years ago. And, for those traditional types that have stood the test of time, they are now made from more refined, modern materials that mean they do the same job with less discomfort than their 80s predecessors. Dentists in the area, such as Old Windsor Dental Practice, even have the joy of being able to offer discreet braces to their teen patients in some cases.
Having braces in Windsor is a different experience for children than it is for adults these days. This is not least because most adults wouldn’t choose to have a dental appliance fixed to their teeth for months on end. The big difference is jaw realignment. Up to age 18, the jaw is malleable and it can be moved. It is therefore possible to realign a child’s jaw correcting bite issues that could otherwise affect their appearance, ability to chew, and therefore digest, food properly and the ability of their adult teeth to properly descend.
In Windsor, braces that move the jaw are, by definition, stronger, sturdier, and therefore more obvious, than those that just move the teeth. However, these days, fixed metal braces are made from more lightweight materials than in the past. This means they aren’t as hard on the soft tissues of the mouth as they used to be. Kids can also customise them with coloured elastics to really own their teeth straightening treatment and even use it to make a fashion statement.
For those adolescents that only need their teeth realigned, clear aligners, such as Invisalign Teen, get rid of those ‘brace face’ taunts. They are made of thin, clear plastic so can only be seen from very close-up. Most people won’t notice they are in place. They are removed for eating and cleaning, making them easy to maintain.