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Braces for Teenagers

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Using braces as orthodontic treatment, or in we can say in simple words using braces is a common dental treatment, especially among teens. These are mainly beneficial to correct the bite and help you heal or prevent any kind of injury often caused by the misalignment of teeth.


Do I need braces? 

This is a common query often discussed in the dental cases of teens. We all want some extra quick ways to deal with this confusing question. Dental health occupies a  highly important place, but straight teeth mean so much more than just a beautiful smile. Teeth in a crooked shape can affect your health in ways that may surprise you. These problems range from gum disease to bad breath, and even they could affect your mental health. Here we will discuss some major things to help you know how to tell if you need braces. Let's go over this together.


Clear aligners or lingual invisible (behind-the-teeth) braces

I don't want braces; what are my options? Clear aligners or invisible (behind-the-teeth) braces. This is also a common confusing issue among teenagers facing dental problems.


There is a good variety available for teens to choose from several types of braces. You can choose traditional metal braces, ceramic (tooth-colored) braces, lingual (behind-the-teeth) braces, or Invisalign Teen® (clear aligners made just for teen patients).


Let’s have a look at the pros and cons of clear aligners and braces to help you better decide for your oral health.



Invisalign is a good way to straightens teeth. It is done by using clear plastic aligners. These aligner trays are particularly customized for making your smile even better through a special treatment plan. This is done by gradually shifting your teeth using gentle pressure. You’ll need to have new trays every 6-8 weeks during your routine visits.


You can easily remove these Invisalign aligners for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. It is also quite easy to take them off for any special occasions or physical activity. For best results, you will have to wear them for 20 to 22 hours a day.


Inbrace® or Brava®

This is a new type of lingual (tongue-facing) braces. It has a smart wire which is attached to the back of your teeth with slim brackets. Its texture is not as much straight as other lingual braces. Rather it dips down to the gum line in strategic locations, helping you to conveniently brush and floss.


Inbrace® or Brava® has a built-in gentle force technology which is very good to straighten your smile without hurting your teeth and gums. This is a kind of braces particularly designed to apply light and continuous pressure over time.


An amazing goody of behind-the-teeth braces is that it’s completely hidden. It is completely non-removable, so you won’t have to worry about taking it out to eat or enjoy a special event.


Key Takeaways

Clear aligners and invisible (behind-the-teeth) braces both are the best treatment options for the right candidates. They are equally beneficial to solve many of the same issues as traditional braces to help you have a beautiful smile. And what is more good to know is that Inbrace is often priced similarly to Invisalign®, though that’s not always the case.

Inbrace is non-visible, non-removable, and uses gentle technology to help you have the healthiest movement. On the other hand, Invisalign is discrete, wireless, and removable.


How Much Do Teenage Braces Cost?

The price varies widely, depending on various factors like the type of braces you get, how long you need them, and where you live. These factors are applicable at the cost of braces for teenagers. You can find out both expensive and inexpensive kinds of braces. Here’s a look at how they compare.


Standard Metal Braces

These are made using metal brackets and wire to help you realign your teeth over months or years. These braces are usually affordable, but they're also the most noticeable. These might cost you about $3,000 to $5,000.


Ceramic Braces

These kinds of braces are quite similar to standard metal braces. But the brackets are clear or available in tooth-colored to make them less noticeable. They are normally more expensive than standard braces. 


Clear Aligners

This is a kind of braces that are a perfect blend of plastics that fit over your teeth. Any expert orthodontist will easily create a custom pair of Invisalign braces for you by taking a mold of your bite. As it is noticed in other types of braces, these braces also put pressure against certain parts of your teeth to move them into an ideal position over time. They have a good thing that, unlike metal and ceramic braces, they can easily be removed for eating or brushing your teeth. They could cost you slightly more expensive than traditional braces. The price usually falls between $3,000 to $7,000.


Lingual Invisible Braces

Lingual braces have the same function as traditional braces, but they're attached to the backside of your teeth instead of the front. They are virtually invisible, and the price is comparable to clear aligners.


How Much Do Braces Cost a Month?

Braces can be more affordable than you may think. Our office offers in-house payment plan with zero interest. We strive to make the treatment affordable because we believe in the long-term value of a great long-lasting smile. 

Does My Insurance Cover Braces? 

It depends on your insurance plan. Not all plans offer you an orthodontic coverage. Please consult with your insurance agent for more details.


Having good insurance to cover the cost of braces can be tricky. If you cannot get a dental plan covering braces, you may purchase a supplemental orthodontic dental plan to help pay for the cost. Again, please consult with your insurance agent if this is a right move for you. 

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