Braces for Teens: What to Consider

So your teen came home from school one day and said, “Mom, Dad, I think I need braces!” Or maybe your teen just visited the dentist, who told you it may be time to visit an orthodontist. Either way, now you’re considering braces treatment for your teen, but how do you know your orthodontic options and which type of braces will suit your teen best?

We’re here to give you some information and advice to help your teen make the best decision for their smile!

Factors to Consider with Orthodontics for Teens

Your teen’s lifestyle and preferences will determine the best orthodontic option for them. We’re proud to offer different types of braces and Invisalign® clear aligners for teens!

If your teen chooses braces, they have the option of metal or clear self-ligating braces, a modern form of braces where colors (rubber bands) can be changed at each office visit.

Does your teen prefer a discreet treatment?

Is your teen a social butterfly who likes to take the stage? Are they apprehensive about flashing a mouthful of brackets and wires? Although we believe braces are still a rad option and always will be, we understand that they aren’t every teen’s cup of tea.

For teens who prefer a less noticeable treatment option, we may suggest:

  • Ceramic self-ligating braces: Ceramic braces have tooth-colored brackets that blend in with your smile while the self-ligating system appeals to comfort with less friction. These ones take a more modern approach to traditional braces!
  • Invisalign: Invisalign clear aligners are practically invisible when in place. They’re made of high-quality, custom-made, BPA-free plastic.

Your teen can smile in confidence with any of these treatment options if they’re looking for a discreet orthodontic option.

Does your teen play sports?

Good news! Your teen can play sports no matter which type of braces they choose. Some options may be more preferable than others, but orthodontic treatment won’t put your teen on the sidelines this season.

Sports players may prefer Invisalign clear aligners, because they can be conveniently removed when practicing or playing in games. It’s important that your teen wears a mouthguard, whether they choose Invisalign or braces. If your teen chooses Invisalign, most times they can place their mouthguard right over their aligners. Be sure to purchase mouthguards that can be worn over braces or Invisalign (not a boil-and-bite type). Our favorite brands are Shock Doctor & SISU.

Is your teen dedicated to transforming their smile?

Invisalign treatment requires your teen to practice commitment and dedication. Your teen can remove their clear aligners whenever they need throughout their treatment. This removability feature is a huge benefit for many people especially when it comes to hygiene, but it does require diligence in wearing your aligners at least 20 to 22 hours a day.

If your teen isn’t up for this rewarding challenge, a form of braces may be better suited for them. It’s important that your teen wears their aligners as instructed, in order for their treatment to be as effective as planned.

Not wearing your aligners will result in a longer treatment process. We want to achieve the best results in the shortest amount of time; that’s why we create personalized treatment plans the way we do!

How to Get Started

First, schedule a complimentary orthodontic consultation for your teen if you haven’t already. We’re here to help you make the best decision for you or your teen’s smile. Our experienced orthodontists, Dr. Caudill or Dr. McNeight, will thoroughly examine your teen’s condition, including complimentary x-rays and diagnostic photos, and present our treatment options. We’ll listen to your teen’s preferences and discuss any symptoms they may be experiencing to help them choose the right treatment option for them.

We’ll then create your teen’s personalized treatment plan and get started on their life-changing journey!

Request Your Complimentary Exam Today

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions! We love to hear from you and we would love to discuss Invisalign treatment with you.

We’re here to guide you through your treatment process, from your very first visit, to your last appointment.

If you’re looking for a top orthodontist in Viera, Merritt Island or Melbourne, come experience the vibes! We’d love to meet you. Request a complimentary exam for you or your child today.