Discreet Orthodontic Options for Your Teen

Posted on: 2 April 2018

During the teen years, many youngsters feel self-conscious due to the physical changes that they are undergoing. Still, teenagers with misaligned teeth may need to wear an orthodontic appliance during this sensitive time in their development. 

If your teen requires an orthodontic adjustment, you may be concerned about the effects of an appliance on their appearance and self-esteem. Nevertheless, there are orthodontic options available that have a minimal impact on a teen's appearance. Here are some of them.


Invisalign is an orthodontic system that aligns the teeth using aligners that are made of clear plastic. The aligners are customized to fit the exact contours of the wearer's mouth and are worn over the teeth like a mouthguard. Due to the transparency of the aligning trays, they are not easily noticed when worn. 

Invisalign aligners are also removable. Thus, your teen does not have to suffer the embarrassment of having food caught in the wires or brackets of an appliance as they eat. Additionally, the teen can brush and floss with ease, which can help preserve the health of their teeth throughout their orthodontic treatment. 

As long as your teen's misalignment is mild to moderate and they are responsible enough to wear the aligners for the vast majority of the day, the youngster is likely a good candidate for Invisalign. A visit to the orthodontist can confirm that the system is suitable for your child's needs.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces still include metal components that are affixed to the teeth. However, the appliance is discreet because of its location in the mouth. Lingual braces are placed on the side of the teeth that is closest to the tongue. The appliance, which straightens the teeth and corrects the bite as effectively as traditional metal braces, can be used even if your teen's teeth are severely misaligned.

Additionally, lingual braces are great for teens who participate in extracurricular activities that involve the movement of the mouth. The braces do not hinder the natural movement of the lips. As a result, if your son or daughter plays a wind instrument in the band or sings in the chorus, they can still enjoy the activity without having to change the way that they move their lips as they blow into the instrument or enunciate words during songs. 

Lingual braces are also unlikely to cause a lip injury from a blow to the mouth as a teen participates in a contact sport. 

For more information about teenager orthodontics, schedule a consultation with an orthodontist in your local area.