Back to School: Good Orthodontic Treatment Options for Teens

Back to School: Good Orthodontic Treatment Options for Teens
Posted on 07/29/2014

While most students don't want to think about heading back into the classroom at this time of the year, the start of the new school year is just weeks away. Our Oakland, NJ orthodontists Drs. Allison and Robert Loeb know that a beautiful smile can make a world of difference in health and self-esteem. Our orthodontic team also knows that many teenagers cringe at the thought of having to wear conventional metal braces that get in the way of school pictures and social time.

The good news is that orthodontic treatment no longer requires teens to wear a mouthful of metal. Today's modern braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive than the metal braces used in the past, and our practice offers adolescents a variety of treatment options in addition to metal braces.

If your teen is in need of orthodontic treatment, it’s important to consider every treatment option available. It will take an exam and discussion with our doctors to truly determine what treatment course is right for you, but here’s a list of some of the types of braces we offer that are great for teens:

  • Clear Braces – Clear braces feature brackets made of ceramic or composite materials that blend in with the natural color of the teeth, making them more inconspicuous. Clear braces work like regular metal braces and feature a thin wire running through the brackets. These braces offer a discreet way to improve your teen's smile, but they are more susceptible to breakage than conventional metal braces.
  • Lingual Braces – Lingual braces are bonded to the backside of the teeth so that no one can see them. This makes this orthodontic treatment option popular among people who don't wish to show that they're undergoing orthodontic treatment. Lingual braces can be more challenging to get used to wearing and they do cost more than conventional metal braces, but are a great option for someone who wants a truly “no-show” treatment.
  • Invisalign Teen – Many teenagers and their parents today are choosing Invisalign Teen. This popular orthodontic treatment option was designed specifically for teenagers. It consists of a series of custom-made, clear, removable aligners that fit over the teeth. Because the aligners are transparent and fit perfectly over the teeth, they are virtually invisible which is something teens truly appreciate.

We are always accepting new patients at Loeb Orthodontics! If you would like to schedule an appointment at our Oakland, NJ practice, please use our online form or give us a call today at (201) 337-3701. We serve patients from all over Bergen, Morris and Passaic Counties including Franklin Lakes, Wayne and Wyckoff, NJ.