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Orthodontics for Teens

Most teens are ready for orthodontic treatment once they have achieved sufficient jaw growth and gained most of their adult teeth. The goal of the treatment process is to correct crooked, crowded teeth, and a misaligned jaw for a lifetime of optimal orthodontic health. This can provide your child with a boost of confidence and a strong, straight smile for life.

The Orthodontic Process for Teens


Your orthodontist will begin by examining your teen’s jaw, teeth, and gums for any misalignment or bite issues. If your teen’s smile and bite could benefit from an alignment solution, your orthodontist will walk you both through each step of the treatment plan to ensure desired results.

Impressions and Digital Imaging

Your orthodontist will then gather a comprehensive set of records to diagnose the problem and create a tailored treatment plan for your teen. Detailed pictures, x-rays, mouth measurements, and a bite impression will be taken to create a custom dental appliance for your teen’s smile.

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Placement and Fitting

Once the custom-made dental appliance is made, your orthodontist will administer proper fitting and placement to ensure maximum comfort and effective results. Our team will also provide your teen with various tips and tricks to keep their dental appliance in great shape throughout their smile alignment journey.

Next Steps

Follow up appointments will be scheduled every 4-8 weeks so the orthodontist can monitor your teen’s progress. Depending on your teen’s bite and alignment issues, treatment can last anywhere from six months to two years.

Traditional Braces

Traditional braces are made of medical-grade stainless steel brackets and archwires that straighten your teeth over time. These popular aligners are oftentimes more affordable than other braces and are best suited for patients experiencing severe tooth and jaw misalignment. 

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Metal Braces
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For older, responsible patients who want a solution with more flexibility that is less noticeable, we will recommend Invisalign treatment. Invisalign is clear and can be removed as needed, but Invisalign treatment requires self-discipline and is not recommended for younger patients.

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Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are metal-based appliances that are very similar to their traditional counterparts. The difference? These braces are secured on the back of your teeth, making them virtually invisible. Patients looking for a discreet way to straighten minor misalignments may benefit from lingual braces.

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Lingual Braces

Self-Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces appear almost identical to traditional braces, but utilize clips rather than elastic bands to hold the brace wire in place. This produces less friction on the braces, making it easier for patients to keep the braces and teeth clean.

Next: Ceramic Braces
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Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are very similar to the traditional metal braces, but are composed of a translucent ceramic material that matches the natural color of your teeth. Patients looking for a less noticeable alignment option may enjoy the discreet features of ceramic braces.

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Ceramic Braces

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