Call or Text 509.466.2666

clear & metal braces - - Bret Johnson Orthodontics

Which Braces are Best for Teens?

Posted on January 10, 2022

You can use braces to correct various dental problems, including overbite, underbite, open bite, and crossbite. When these issues get addressed, your teen’s smile will appear more attractive and feel more confident.

With so many innovations in the world of orthodontics, there has never been a better time to explore braces for teens. We’ll go over the various options for braces for teens below to help you throughout this process.

Metal Braces

In the past, metal or conventional braces were standard. Today’s braces are much lighter in both weight and framework.

Using a metal brace bonded to each tooth and a slender archwire, braces gradually move the teeth into the optimal position. The archwire acts as a guide for the teeth.

Using metal braces is the most cost-effective option. Young teens are often great candidates for metal braces, as they can be better aligned with their needs. Since braces can’t be removed without help from an orthodontist, parents can feel confident in the effectiveness of this treatment.


According to an Invisalign survey, nearly 50% of teen users expressed increased self-confidence compared to just over 20% who wear metal braces.

Invisible aligners are gaining popularity as braces for teens treatment options. Patients can expect to wear invisible aligners during their treatment period, which can last anywhere from several months to two years.

If you decide that invisible aligners are the best option for your teenager, your orthodontist will devise a plan to resolve the bite and placement of the teeth by taking dental imprints. Your teen will receive a transparent plastic mouthpiece every two weeks to wear on their teeth for the duration of their treatment.

One by one, the teeth move closer to the final result. A few advantages of these aligners are worth mentioning. Unlike traditional braces or even ceramic braces, these are virtually invisible.

Aside from that, you can take them out yourself as needed. This makes it easier for teens to brush, floss, and eat. Invisible aligners, however, tend to be a bit more expensive than traditional braces. In addition, a teen with significant dental issues may not be a suitable candidate for Invisalign.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces work in a very similar way to traditional metal braces. There is a stark contrast in the brackets, however, as these are made of transparent components. Because of this, the braces are much less visible.

Many teens are understandably concerned with appearance. If you’re looking for a more affordable alternative to Invisalign, ceramic braces could be a good option.

The Bottom Line

A visit to a trusted orthodontist will provide you with the best information about your options. To learn more about braces for teens and how we can help your family, please contact us today.

our location

10306 N. Nevada St.
Spokane, WA 99218

Map icon