Teenage years are filled with excitement and emotion for many children. Hormones are in overdrive, and kids are beginning to discover themselves and their bodies. This is also the age when children respond best to orthodontic procedures such as braces. Aligning your child's teeth early lays a foundation for proper oral health moving forward.
However, many teens dread the look of traditional braces (such as ceramic braces). These braces are clearly visible and may affect the self-confidence of sensitive teenagers. Luckily, there's a discrete solution that's equally effective at tooth realignment: incognito braces.
What are they?
Incognito braces are hidden braces placed on the inner surface of your teeth. Incognito braces are specially designed with wires and brackets that slowly adjust misaligned teeth to their proper positions.
Because they're located on the inner surface of your teeth, incognito braces cause minimal discomfort in your teen's everyday life. Each pair is also custom-made to fit your child's teeth and mouth structure. Because of customisation options, incognito braces may even produce more effective results than generic ceramic braces.
Why go incognito?
There are many benefits of having your child obtain incognito braces.
1. No need to worry about removing or re-inserting them
Removable clear aligners are popular options for orthodontic treatment. However, a common issue with these treatment options is that teens tend to remove them (while eating) and forget to reinsert them afterwards. The result is longer treatment times, with some teens eventually feeling frustrated.
Incognito braces don't need to be removed, and your teen can easily eat and drink while the braces keep working.
2. Less likely to become soiled
Because incognito braces are located on the inner surface of your child's teeth, they don't easily become clogged with food particles after a meal. And if any food does get there, it's not easily visible to others. This discretion can increase your child's self-confidence while at home or at school. However, they should still take time to brush their teeth regularly so as to dislodge any hidden debris.
3. Can be safer for your child
Traditional ceramic braces are installed on the front of your child's teeth, where they remain in place for a few months at a time. This means that any direct blows to the mouth (either by accident or when playing a sport) may result in serious injury to your child's teeth and gums.
Incognito braces lower the risk of injury because they're located on the inside surface of your child's teeth. This means that any direct blows to the mouth are less likely to cause your child's teeth and gums to get tangled up.