The Teen treatment process
While creating a customized treatment plan for your teen, we might recommend an orthodontic appliance. Here at Surf City Smiles, we offer:
Braces have come a very long way, even within the past decade. When many people think of braces they think of extremely bulky metal brackets. We don’t use this type of bulky orthodontic appliance and many of the new braces are lighter and more comfortable than ever before.
Also known as clear braces, these work the same way metal braces do, but feature brackets made of tooth-colored ceramic materials. They blend in with your teen’s smile, making them much less obvious. Since ceramic braces are slightly more prone to breakage, and a little costlier than metal braces, they may not be suitable for everyone.
The Invisalign system is made up of a series of fully customized, clear trays called aligners. These aligners are nearly invisible and totally removable. Made of soft plastic, they provide a more comfortable orthodontic experience, with no friction or abrasions inside your teen’s mouth. Each week your teen will switch their aligner for the next in the set. When worn the recommended 20-22 hours per day, your teen’s teeth will gradually move into the desired positions. Invisalign works best for mild to moderate orthodontic issues, and may not be an option if your teen needs more serious treatment.