Whether or not your teen needs to see a pediatric orthodontist depends on the state of their teeth and whether they still have primary (baby) teeth. When you visit Trü Orthodontics to discuss teen braces, we’ll make sure your teen gets exactly what they need.
Teen Braces Overview
When it comes to choosing orthodontic solutions for teenagers, the experts at Trü Orthodontics understand they need options to suit them. We can utilize traditional metal braces, InBrace lingual braces, or clear aligners like Invisalign® or our own Trü Clear Aligners.
Braces can treat a variety of alignment issues for your teen, including:
Generally crooked teeth
How Teen Braces Work
Teen braces are orthodontic devices designed to correct misaligned teeth and jaw problems in teenagers. Metal braces, the most common type, consist of brackets attached to each tooth, connected by wires, which are periodically tightened to gradually move the teeth into place. Lingual braces work similarly to metal braces but are attached to the back of the teeth, making them less visible. Clear aligners, like Invisalign, are transparent, removable trays that fit over the teeth, offering a discreet option. They are replaced every few weeks to guide the teeth’s movement. Regardless of the type, these braces apply gentle pressure over time to straighten teeth and correct bite issues, improving your child’s oral health and self-confidence.
What to Expect
What your teen should expect will depend on the braces options decided on. For example, with clear aligners they will be able to take them out to eat and floss normally, and switch out aligners to progress their treatment. InBrace, by contrast, uses the same basic method as traditional braces, but placed on the inside of the teeth. Your provider will ensure you understand exactly what to expect of whatever treatment works best for your teen.
A Better Braces Experience for Teens
We use advanced 3D scanning that eliminates the mess and discomfort of traditional mold-taking. This achieves the best possible treatment plan and fit for your teen’s braces or aligners.
Focus on Education
Our role is to help you and your teen understand both the purpose behind treatment and the steps to take to ensure a successful result.
With 5 board-certified orthodontists and 4 convenient locations in Northern Virginia, we’ve made it easy for you to obtain the friendly, positive care you deserve.
Frequently Asked Questions
There is no one best age for braces. It’s good to bring your child in for their first orthodontic exam by the time they’re 7 years old, and braces could be an option from that point onward.
How long anyone needs braces simply depends upon the type of braces and the starting point of the teeth. Before any treatment starts, your orthodontist will ensure you and your teen understand how long the braces will be worn.