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3 Alternatives to Metal Braces for Your Teen

Posted on September 22, 2021

In recent years, there have been many advancements in the world of orthodontics. No longer are traditional metal braces the only option to give your teen a beautiful, healthy smile. This is great news, as there are now many discreet ways to straighten their teeth that won’t cause them to be self-conscious or embarrassed. Here are some of the most popular alternatives to metal braces for your teen.


Invisalign is by far one of the most popular alternatives to metal braces. In fact, more than 2.5 million patients wear them around the world! Invisalign is a system of clear plastic aligners that will gradually straighten your teen’s teeth. They’re removable, which means there are no food restrictions like with traditional metal braces. They’re also virtually invisible and discreet, with no wires or brackets. However, they will need to wear their aligners for 22 hours each day. Your local orthodontist will be able to assess whether this is a good option for your teen.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are revolutionary because they’re worn on the backside of your teen’s teeth. It’s the ultimate option to discreetly straighten teeth. Your orthodontist will fully customize the design of lingual braces to the structure of your teen’s mouth and teeth. While there are plenty of amazing benefits to lingual braces, they do come with some downsides. Slight lisping and tongue irritation are both common, especially right after the braces are applied. But these issues typically go away after a few weeks, once your teen’s mouth adjusts to the treatment.

Clear Braces

If lingual braces or Invisalign aren’t good options to straighten your teen’s teeth, ask your orthodontist about clear braces. Although they work in a similar way to metal braces, clear ceramic braces are a great alternative, because they blend in with natural teeth and are much less noticeable. Ceramic brackets are applied to the front of the teeth, but they’re specially made to match their natural color, so they’re not as obvious as metal braces. The wire that runs between the brackets can even be made in a lighter color to make this treatment even more subtle.

Which Braces Are Right For Your Teen?

The only way to know which braces treatment is right for your teen is to make an appointment for a consultation with one of our friendly and skilled orthodontists. After a thorough oral exam and x-rays, they’ll give you their professional recommendation for which treatment will give your teen a healthy, straight smile for life. Contact us at Today’s Orthodontics to schedule an orthodontic appointment for your teen today!

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