Braces for Teens: A Future of Beautiful Smiles

Braces for teens include many options. Traditional braces to “invisible” braces, the number of effective treatment alternatives is growing all the time. Braces help your teeth and jaws fit together better giving you a beautiful smile and functional bite.

Invisalign Teen

Invisalign Teen is a popular treatment option that involves wearing a series of clear, removable aligners that gradually move your teeth without wires or brackets. Each aligner has an inconspicuous Blue Dot Wear Indicator. The indicator helps Dr. Austin determine whether the patient is ready to move on to the next set of aligners in their treatment program. Invisalign Teen is a comfortable, affordable, and effective way to straighten teeth.

Teens do not have to avoid any foods while in treatment because the aligners are removed prior to eating. There is also lower risk of decalisfacition (white spots) because it is easier to keep the teeth clean. Invisalign Teen is very effective when patients are compliant with the program. That means wearing aligners at least 22 hours each day and following all of Dr. Austin’s guidelines. Without compliance, the program will not work as well.

Damon Clear Insignia (partially custom braces)

Damon Clear is part of the innovative Damon System, which combines tieless brackets and high technology archwires that are clinically proven to move teeth fast and comfortably with spectacular smile and facial results. For the more image-conscious, Damon Clear is comprised of clear brackets situated on the most visible teeth to deliver a discrete treatment experience with results that go beyond straight teeth. Treatment is extremely effective, and everyone is a candidate for the Damon Clear system of braces. because these braces cannot be manufactured complteley customizabvle they may require some additional adjustments to complete treatment. These bracse however are still much more efficient and comfortable compared to traditional clear braces.

At Austin Orthodontics in Santa Monica, we do everything we can to make sure that you feel comfortable with your treatment. Dr. Austin and the team at Austin Orthodontics offer several treatment options for you to choose from to ensure that you are happy with your decision to get orthodontic treatment. Teen braces options include:

Damon Insignia Custom Braces

Damon custom braces are the most technologically advance braces on the market. Using a digital impression (scan) of your teeth, the braces are custom made to your exact individle characteristics. To ensure the most efficient treatment possible. Treatment times may be reduced as much as six months compared to traditional braces.

Damon braces are a system of passive, self-ligating braces that eliminate the need for elastic or metal “ties”. With Damon tie-less braces you can experience treatment without tightening. Light high-technology shape-memory wires move teeth faster and require fewer adjustments. Patients are seen every eight weeks instead of every six weeks like traditional braces.

The Damon System is a clinically-proven treatment approach that aligns your teeth and enhances your facial aesthetics. Damon braces use a slide mechanism to hold the wire, which allows teeth to move more freely, quickly and comfortably. Smaller than traditional brackets, Damon brackets are designed to be discreet, comfortable and easy to keep clean. Without the elastic ties which attract and collect plaque, Damon braces make dental hygiene easy during treatment.

Traditional Braces

Recent improvements in traditional braces have resulted in smaller, stronger, more efficient and less conspicuous braces. Metal brackets are the most familiar, and traditional braces offer very effective treatment results. We offer a many colors to choose from and there is no additional cost for colors. Colors can be changed at each visit. It can be a lot of fun to change the colors based on what is going in your life, holidays, school events, sports teams etc.

For more information about braces for teens please call Austin Orthodontics in Santa Monica (310) 393-8233.