Orthodontics for Teens

Wearing braces is typically associated with one’s teenage years. As permanent teeth replace deciduous teeth, there are often issues with their placement due to crowding and misaligned bites. While braces are commonplace among teenagers, there are actually many types of orthodontic treatment. Some patients can wear discreet alternatives to braces like Invisalign or lingual braces while others might require conventional braces.

Our team as Mascola Orthodontics individualizes orthodontic care for teens based on their unique needs and lifestyle. We have a number of treatment options available to help our young patients look and feel their best.

Why Orthodontic Care Matters

Orthodontics is a worthwhile investment in your health and wellbeing. A beautiful aesthetic and self-confidence are not the only benefits of having a straight smile. Properly positioned teeth reduce the risk of developing tooth wear, cavities, and periodontal disease. The way your teeth are spaced and positioned also promotes comfortable oral function. Wearing braces can help you establish and maintain a lifetime of optimal oral health.

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Types of Braces

Teens have options for their orthodontic treatment beyond conventional metal and wire braces. While traditional braces are very effective and still used in many cases, there are discreet options like lingual braces and removable braces such as Invisalign.

Conventional Braces

Conventional braces produce consistent results. They are also versatile because various types of appliances can be used with them to align teeth and correct improper bites. Traditional braces consist of brackets that hold archwire. Every few weeks, patients will come to our office to have their braces adjusted and their tooth movement progress monitored. These types of braces are customizable, including their appearance. There are a few different materials and finishes that can be used to reflect a patient’s personality, too.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are a newer type of orthodontia. This discreet treatment option involves bonding orthodontic appliances to the backs of teeth for a very natural looking aesthetic. Lingual braces, like conventional braces, are gradually tightened over time at follow-up appointments.

Invisalign® Teen

Invisalign teen is an innovative treatment option that appeals to patients who desire inconspicuous orthodontic care. This option consists of wearing custom made, removable appliances called aligners. They are crafted from clear plastic for the most natural looking appearance possible.

If you have questions about which type of braces meet your needs, we recommend scheduling an appointment at Mascola Orthodontics. We treat patients of all ages and utilize the latest technology to deliver high quality care.

Common Questions about Orthodontics for Teens
How much do braces cost for 13 year olds?

Since everyone’s tooth positioning is unique and some orthodontic issues take longer to correct than others, braces for teenagers can vary in costs. Some patients also require additional orthodontic appliances, such as palatal expanders, which also increase costs.

Mascola Orthodontics can provide treatment cost estimates after your child has had a consultation with our orthodontist.

Can teenagers get Invisalign?

Invisalign is an alternative to conventional braces that involves wearing removable, clear oral appliances. This treatment option can correct many orthodontic issues. It’s discreet and comfortable, too. Some teenagers can benefit from wearing Invisalign. Mascola Orthodontics is proud to offer Invisalign Teen. This orthodontic system is specifically designed for teenagers and presents the same benefits that Invisalign does for adults.

While Invisalign can help many patients, it’s not right for everyone. Some teens might need to wear conventional braces. The only way to be certain if Invisalign meets your teen’s needs is to have a consultation with our orthodontist, Dr. Mascola.

What are the types of braces for teens?

The most common type of braces for teens is conventional braces, which include fixed appliances like archwires secured to brackets. These braces are customizable – teens can choose bright-colored brackets to reflect their personality or more discreet tooth-colored ones. Conventional braces are versatile and can correct all kinds of spacing issues. They can also improve the health of a person’s bite.

Other treatment options include lingual braces and Invisalign Teen. Lingual braces are attached to the backs of teeth for discretion. Invisalign is also discreet and utilizes removable retainer-like appliances instead of fixed wires and brackets.

Each orthodontic system presents a set of advantages. Our orthodontist takes a person’s lifestyle, oral health, and budget into account when helping patients decide which treatment option works for them.

What are the benefits of teen Braces?

Teen braces help establish a healthy occlusion and straight smile for the rest of a person’s life. Wearing braces as a teen can lead to reduced risks for devastating oral health conditions while providing a boost in one’s self-confidence and appearance. Orthodontic care is an important part of growing up and our practice is here to help our patients enjoy vibrant oral health and improved self-esteem.