Top 4 Best Braces For Children And Teens

Top 4 Best Braces For Children And Teens
Posted on 12/14/2020
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If you’re like most parents, when you hear that your child or teen needs braces, you want to know what the best options are and which type to choose. There are many options to choose from, but the best braces for your child or teen depends on the severity of their orthodontic issues, as well as their confidence level. The experts at Heller Orthodontics share this overview of the different types of braces that are best for children and teens.

The Power of Braces

Braces solve many orthodontic issues, such as overcrowding, gaps between teeth, overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites. But they do more than create a beautiful smile; orthodontics also leads to good oral and overall health. A healthy mouth has many benefits, including:

  • Reducing cavities or decay because teeth are easier to clean
  • Eliminating pain and pressure from a bad bite or misaligned jaw
  • Better digestive health because chewing is more effective
  • Improved speech
  • More confidence

Adolescence and the teenage years are the best time to get braces while the mouth is changing, which can make for quicker treatment compared to adult treatment. Plus, your child or teen is less likely to feel embarrassed by their braces because many other kids will also be wearing them.

Metal/Traditional Braces

Traditional metal braces are not a thing of the past. They still play an essential role in orthodontics because they are cost-effective and can correct specific issues that some other braces can’t.

Today’s metal braces are much lighter in weight and structure. The metal brackets are attached to the teeth and connected by a thin archwire that moves the teeth into the correct position with the help of elastics that come in many different colors. This is one thing that both kids and teens like about their braces! At regular intervals, your orthodontist will tighten the braces to move the teeth into their final position.

Ceramic Braces

Teens, more than children, tend to be self-conscious about wearing braces. If this is your child, there are several options that are more discreet. Ceramic braces work the same way as metal braces. The primary difference is that the brackets are made from a clear, transparent ceramic material, making them far less noticeable.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are completely invisible because they are placed on the tongue side of the teeth. While they work like traditional braces, they generally take more time to adjust to, and treatment may take a little longer. Additionally, they can’t be used for all orthodontic issues, and they are more expensive than traditional braces.


Invisalign has become a very popular option for teens because they are barely noticeable, and they are much more comfortable to wear than braces. Invisalign is a set of clear aligners that will be changed every two weeks to slowly move your teeth into the correct position. The significant advantage is that they can be taken out when you eat, as well as when you clean your teeth. They are more expensive than braces, and they are typically not used to fix severe orthodontic issues.

What Option is Best for Your Child?

The best way to determine the best braces for your child or teen is to consult with a trusted orthodontist. Based on several factors, such as what needs correcting, any concerns your teen or child have, and your budget, your orthodontist will recommend the best option.

Make an Appointment with Your Bethesda and Laurel, MD, Orthodontist Today!

If you are looking for the leading orthodontist in Bethesda or Laurel, you’ve come to the right place. You can trust that Dr. Heller and his team will work with you and your child to determine the best orthodontic option. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, contact us. We look forward to helping your teen or child develop a healthy and happy smile.

Heller Orthodontics

  • Bethesda Office - 4350 East West Hwy. Suite 120, Bethesda, MD 20814 Phone: (301) 654-5433 Fax: (301) 657-8403
  • Laurel Office - 9811 Mallard Drive Suite 201, Laurel, MD 20708 Phone: (301) 490-2882 Fax: (301) 490-2882
  • North Potomac - 12116 Darnestown Rd. Suite L1, North Potomac, MD 20878 Phone: 301-258-7477

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