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Braces for Teens


Starting treatment for your teen is an exciting time! Orthodontic issues don’t improve with age- they just get harder to treat. So now is the perfect time to get started. Just for Grins Orthodontics has doctors and team members dedicated to helping teenagers straighten their smile for a healthy bite and strong foundation for their future health.

There are several reasons why adolescence is the optimal time for orthodontic treatment, though occasionally even earlier intervention is called for. One has to do with the development of the teeth: There’s no set timetable for every child, but generally by the age of 11-13 the deciduous (baby) teeth have all been lost, and the permanent ones have largely come in. This is the time when we can go to work correcting the problems that cause a bad bite (malocclusion), improper tooth spacing or poor alignment.

The Teenage Years are the Optimum Time for Treatment

Orthodontic problems don’t improve with age — they simply become harder to treat. It’s easier to treat many orthodontic problems during adolescence because the body is still growing rapidly at this time. Whether we use standard braces, or appliances like palatal expanders, we can create an improved appearance and function in a short period of time. In later years, when the bones of the face and jaw are fully developed, many conditions become more difficult (and costly) to treat.Traditional braces are what many people typically think of when orthodontics come to mind. Thanks to innovative technology, they are now lighter than ever and not nearly as big of an adjustment as some parents may recall during their treatment. They are even more customizable now with various colors to choose from for the brackets.

Braces for teens

Teens can use Invisalign too!

Metal or ceramic braces are the typical kind that comes to mind with orthodontic treatment for teens, but now teens wishing for more subtle treatment experience can use Invisalign clear aligners! Parents can also rest assured that their teens are using the aligners properly, as there are usage indicators within the aligner.

Types of Braces for Teens

Our team knows that every patient and each smile is different. Therefore, we offer a variety of teeth-straightening orthodontic treatments including: metal braces, ceramic braces, and Invisalign. Each of these options provides unique advantages, and our orthodontists are happy to help you decide which one is the right fit for you!

Metal Braces

Metal braces are the most traditional type of orthodontic treatment prescribed by an orthodontist. These self-ligating braces are made of high-grade stainless steel. However, today’s metal braces are smaller, more comfortable, and more attractive than ever before—thus making them an even more appealing option!

Ceramic Braces

Unlike metal braces, ceramic braces use brackets that are made of a translucent (clear) material. These braces move teeth just as efficiently as metal braces. The main difference between the two is that the brackets are much less noticeable. As a result of their cosmetic appeal, ceramic braces are very popular with adult patients. We always use self-ligating braces to prevent discoloration that might otherwise occur with ceramic braces.


If wires and brackets aren’t for you, consider Invisalign! Invisalign is a series of clear templates (called aligners) that fit over your teeth sort of like a mouth guard. The aligners are generated by a computer, which designs them to gradually move your teeth into the correct position. Invisalign aligners are removable, comfortable, and barely visible, making Invisalign a popular option for many adult patients. Click here to learn more!

The Path That’s Right for You

We want to help you select the best orthodontic treatment to meet your or your teen’s needs. If you have any questions about braces, Invisalign, or other orthodontic services provided by Just for Grins Orthodontics, don’t hesitate to contact us. The staff at our Montgomery, AL, Millbrook, AL, and Wetumpka, AL offices would be glad to answer any of your orthodontic questions.

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