We provide second phase (Phase II) teen braces as well as full comprehensive orthodontics for teenagers. All options are on the table;metal braces with the cool colors, clear ceramic braces or Invisalign.
The best time to start full orthodontic treatment is when there are only a few primary (baby) teeth left. Age typically varies between 10-15 but most commonly 12-13. Orthodontic screening done earlier can help us predict tooth growth and plan timing of treatment which is why we recommend it for all children at age 7. You can read more about orthodontic screening by clicking here.
Orthodontic treatment for teenagers is usually full (comprehensive) and is supposed to address all orthodontic concerns so that future treatment is rarely needed. Treatment time varies depending on the type of appliances used, treatment complexity and patient cooperation. We would like to finish most of our cases in less than two years to minimize discomfort and side effects of length orthodontic treatment.
There are different types of braces we can use for teenagers and they are listed below.
Metal braces remain the most popular and most common treatment option in orthodontics. Over the years, metal braces have been improved to be smaller and more comfortable. They are still the most effective and most efficient treatment option. We offer different types of metal braces including Damon braces and Nickel-free Titanium braces which are recommended for patients with Nickel allergy.
Most importantly, you still get to chose different colors for your braces on every visit. Who said braces aren’t cool?!
Types of Metal Braces:
- Orthos (traditional Stainless Steel with colors)
- Orthos Titanium (Nickel-free for patients with metal allergies)
- Damon Q2 (the Damon system can be more efficient in certain cases)
Clear (Ceramic) Braces
Ceramic braces offer a less visible option that metal braces. They are see-through and barely show once cemented to your teeth. The wires we use, however, are made of metal and will still be visible. Nonetheless, many of our patients who had ceramic braces have told us that their friends had told them they did not even notice they had braces on!
Tip: you can still get colors with ceramic braces, a really cool look!
Types of Ceramic Braces:
- Symetri Clear Braces
- Damon Clear Braces
InvisalignⓇ utilizes clear removable plastic aligners that can be used instead of braces. The InvisalignⓇ system has been improved substantially over the years and can be used to treat most cases successfully and effectively.
The process starts with a smile consultation during which we scan your teeth using our amazing iTero 3D scanner. In a matter of minutes, you get to see what your teeth would like after treatment! Using a specialized, highly sophisticated software, the doctor will design a treatment plan to achieve your treatment goals.
Once the aligners are made, we will teach you how to wear them and care for them. Each set is worn for one week and your visits to our office are typically once every 8 weeks. Once treatment is done, teeth are polished and retainers are used.
Advantages of InvisalignⓇ over braces:
- Less visible
- Less pain and discomfort
- Less emergencies (no broken brackets or poking wires!)
- No food restrictions
Often times, braces are not sufficient to address certain orthodontic problems. This is when additional appliances may be recommended/used to achieve optimum results. We try to keep appliance use to a minimum to reduce discomfort and emergencies during treatment. A thorough demonstration of any recommended appliance(s) will be done during your smile consultation.
Appliances commonly used in our practice:
- Palatal expander (to widen upper jaw)
- Space maintainers
- Herbst appliance (for overbite correct)
- Headgear (for overbite correction)
- Facemask (for underbite correction)
- Habit appliance (to stop thumb sucking)
- Mouth guard (to protect teeth while playing sports)
- Night guard (to protect teeth from grinding habits)
- Functional appliances (to influence jaw growth)
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Do you have a graduation or a wedding coming up soon and wish to finish your orthodontic treatment faster? Accelerated orthodontics may be the answer!
It’s not just about teeth, it’s also about your smile! We’ll tell you all you need to know about your smile & what can be done to make it better. Our consultations are thorough and evidence based.
From orthodontic screening at age 7 to interceptive treatment or Phase I orthodontic treatment; your child’s orthodontic needs are well taken care of. We specialize in child braces and orthodontics.