Orthodontics in Teens and Tweens

The majority of people need to receive orthodontic treatment in their lifetime. Most often, this occurs between the ages of 12-16, but the teens and tweens this age are not always the most receptive to the idea of having braces. When people think “braces”, they usually think of an image of old, clunky brackets that fill up your entire mouth with metal. The truth is, orthodontic technology has taken massive strides in just the past decade alone, and there are a multitude of options for treatment that can suit anyone.

Does Everyone Need Braces?

Not everyone needs braces, but most people do. And the ages between 10 and 16 are generally the perfect time for orthodontic treatment.  In fact, timing is really important in orthodontics.  As we age, bones and dentition becomes more rigid, less malleable.  And because orthodontics involves the use of forces to move teeth through the bones of the jaw, lower bone rigidity means faster, more comfortable treatment. A free consultation with our doctors can provide more information on whether orthodontic treatment is advisable and when you should expect to begin.

Metal Braces

These are the most common method of orthodontic treatment, and are most common in children and teenagers. They consist of high-grade stainless-steel brackets that adhere to the teeth and connect with a wire. Bands are also used on the brackets that can be color-customized at the patient’s choice at each appointment!


Invisalign is a method of straightening teeth that uses a series of transparent plastic aligners instead of traditional brackets on the teeth. Each set of aligners is worn for a short period of time, and then swapped out for a slightly different-shaped set after the teeth have moved. Gradually, the aligners move the teeth into the desired position.

Invisalign is a terrific option for those who want a more discreet method of treatment. The aligners are completely transparent and are custom-made for each patient’s mouth, so they fit seamlessly and are virtually invisible. The aligners are also removable, which allows for more freedom in eating and drinking choices.

Tooth-Colored Braces

While not as discreet as Invisalign, tooth-colored braces are still a great option for those who want some disguise in their treatment. Brackets are made to match the color of the teeth, and are made of ceramic instead of metal. The ceramic brackets are more resistant to staining, which keep your teeth looking nice and shiny.

Whether people are proud to wear braces or want to pretend they aren’t there, there are options that can suit any patient’s needs and preferences. And studies show that a straight smile can do wonders for self confidence and social prowess. If you think you or your child might be ready almost ready for braces, call our office today to schedule a free consultation!