Dentists recommend wearing braces as soon as the defect is detected, without pausing the treatment. Here are some of the common problems that may push a teen to start wearing braces: crossbite, overbite, crowding, issues with spacing, protrusion, and dental midline misalignment. An overbite is when the lower front teeth bite into the mouth’s roof, causing certain discomfort. A crossbite stands for the upper teeth to be located inside the lower row.

Issues with spacing are either caused by missing teeth or can simply be an aesthetic problem. Crowding is the problem when there are too many teeth in the mouth, while new ones still have to show up (more common for pre-teens and kids). If the upper teeth are located too far over the lower row, it is considered protrusion. Finally, the misalignment refers to the situation when an individual’s back-bite doesn’t correspond to the top bite. Overbite tends to be the most wide-spread issue, which is the easiest to fix.

Adolescents may choose between two basic types of braces: metal and ceramic. Metal braces are traditional ones and were significantly improved. Today, they produce this type of stainless steel. As for the ceramic, the second most popular type of braces, they are also known as “clear” braces. The major difference between the two is that the second type is almost of the same color as the person’s teeth to be more invisible. If you have special dental insurance, you can save the amount of $5,000-6,000 per the course of treatment. Except for the device, it is vital to consider the health condition of your teeth, mouth hygiene, and other diagnoses.