Orthodontics for Teens2018-08-01T15:12:13-04:00



For many patients, the optimum time for braces is during the teenage years after all the permanent teeth have come in and when they are old enough to practice excellent dental hygiene. Their jaw is also still growing, meaning it is easier to realign. 

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Between the ages of 12 to 14, most of a child’s permanent teeth have fully erupted, revealing issues such as unsightly gaps or crowding, protruding teeth, jaw misalignment and malocclusion.

Teens are naturally concerned about their smile, especially as they move towards greater independence and begin to establish their own identity and goals. The right orthodontic care can impact your child’s self-esteem and overall health. Crowded or misaligned teeth are also harder to care for and can increase the chance of trapped food particles, leading to tooth decay.  Believe it or not, crowded teeth also carry a greater risk for gum disease later in life.

Reasons for
Orthodontic Treatment

Teenagers may need orthodontic treatment for the following reasons:
  • Wide spaces between teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crooked teeth
  • Misaligned jaw
While correcting these conditions will improve your child’s smile, braces are not just for cosmetic reasons. A teenager’s speech can be adversely affected as can their chewing ability.

Benefits of
A Properly Aligned Smile

A properly aligned smile offers benefits such as:

  • Lower risk of cracking and chipping
  • Easier to clean and care for, reducing cavities and the chance of gum disease
  • Increased nutrition by being able to eat and properly chew healthy foods and whole foods
  • Increase tooth retention by reducing chewing stress on teeth
  • Less chance of serious bone loss
  • Decreased incidence of headaches and jaw pain caused by TMJ


While wearing braces, your teen will visit the doctor regularly to have them checked and tightened. Dr. Monacell will also be monitoring your teen for signs of tooth decay or other problems that braces can exacerbate. Patients generally wear braces for a period of one to three years. Once Dr. Monacell removes your teen’s braces, they will need to wear a retainer to keep the teeth from reverting to their original positions.
Monacell Orthodontics metal braces


Metal, or traditional, braces are the most common type of dental braces used in orthodontic treatment. Metal brackets, which are durable and more comfortable than ever before, are bonded to the front of each tooth and act as anchors holding the archwire in place.

Monacell Orthodontics clear braces


Suitable for some patients, clear ceramic braces offer a cosmetic alternative to the metal. The clear brackets are bonded to the front teeth and act as anchors holding the archwire in place. Ceramic braces are slightly less durable than the traditional metal brackets due to the material composition.

Monacell Orthodontics clear aligner systems


Some patients can be treated with clear plastic aligners that are nearly invisible and can be removed for dental care, eating, and drinking. The patient wears a series of slightly different shaped appliances over a matter of months or years to correct tooth alignment.

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 Lingual braces are an invisible version of metal braces. They are applied to the back, or lingual, side of your teeth so they do not affect your appearance.



Did you know that Invisalign Teen® offers the same effective treatment for teens as it does for adults?  Using a series of custom designed and virtually invisible clear aligners, your child’s teeth are precisely aligned to their proper locations. The durable custom aligners are strong enough to last, yet gentle enough to provide just the right amount of force needed to gently ease teeth into their ideal alignment, creating a beautiful, lasting smile.



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