Orthodontic treatment can help set up your teen for a lifetime of health and confidence. Unlike past generations, patients can also choose from different braces that best fit their schedules and needs, including those with cool colors and virtually invisible options.

The friendly and professional team at Palmetto Family Orthodontics has helped many teens through this process. You can trust us to support your teen every step of the way – schedule a free exam today to discuss your treatment options!

Types of Teen Braces

Innovations in teeth-straightening technology have made braces smaller, lighter, and more comfortable. Your orthodontist will assess your teen’s teeth and help decide which approach is best. No matter which route your teen takes, they can expect awesome results!

Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces have been a tried-and-true orthodontic solution for decades, although the technologies and materials used to make them have improved vastly over time. Metal braces give orthodontists the ability to fine-tune the gradual movement of the teeth, which can be helpful for complex cases. Many parents prefer metal braces because they are efficient, often cost less than other options, and cannot be misplaced.

Metal braces use high-grade steel brackets that attach to the teeth, archwires that connect the brackets, and tiny rubber bands that help shift the teeth into the desired position. Your orthodontist will assess the progress of your teen’s teeth and adjust the wires during check-in visits.

Damon Braces

Damon Braces employ a newer technology – called a “self-ligating” system – that provides great results. The Damon system does not require elastic bands to hold the archwire in place, making them easier to clean and maintain. Patients report that Damon Braces work faster than traditional metal braces and require fewer check-in visits.

The minimal components and small Damon brackets create less friction than metal braces. Clear ceramic brackets are also an option for Damon Braces to help them blend in with the natural color of your teen’s teeth!

Clear Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are a great alternative to traditional metal braces if your teen wants a low-profile look. The composite material used to bond the brackets to the teeth helps keep the braces more discreet without losing any of the effectiveness of metal braces. Ceramic braces can also be “self-ligating.” 

Advancements in the durability of ceramic braces can also give your teen confidence that the brackets and wire are less likely to break or stain.

Invisalign Clear Aligners

Invisalign is one of the most ground-breaking innovations in orthodontic care! Instead of using brackets and wires, Invisalign uses custom-made plastic trays that are practically invisible. Your teen will receive a new set of aligners every couple of weeks to move their teeth gradually into their new position. Your teen can remove the trays to eat and brush, but they will need to wear them at all other times to get the best results.

Palmetto Family Orthodontics is the largest provider of Invisalign in South Carolina. We are an Invisalign Platinum Plus Provider, placing us among the elite 1% of Invisalign providers in the US. Our vast experience and knowledge have helped many teens achieve stunning results!

Benefits of Braces for Teens

Braces can put your teen on the path to dental health and high self-confidence! Along with having a beautiful smile, your teen also gets the long-term health benefits of an aligned bite.

Braces today incorporate many new systems that help:

  • Make braces less noticeable
  • Straighten teeth faster and more efficiently
  • Move teeth with more comfort
  • Give your teen a choice to make brackets and bands their favorite colors


The Palmetto Family Orthodontics team understands some teens may be nervous or anxious about braces. We take every measure to help them feel comfortable and optimistic about their treatment.

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Are Braces Right for My Teen?

Ages 10-14 are often seen as the ideal time for braces because most adult teeth have come in, but the bones and muscles still have some growing to do. This allows your orthodontist to address dental issues before they become set. Your orthodontist can help treat:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Speech impediments
  • Difficulty chewing

Diagnosing and treating these issues can improve your teen’s health and happiness. Schedule a free exam to learn if braces may help your teen.

How Do Braces for Teens Work?

Braces are versatile systems that are customized to fit your teen’s needs. Braces use brackets and wires to shift your teen’s teeth into the desired position. The pressure applied by the braces causes the bone around the tooth to dissolve and then rebuild itself when the tooth is in its new place.

Your orthodontist will assess your teen’s bite and help determine which system is best for their needs.

How Long Does It Take Braces to Work?

Treatment time depends on your teen’s specific situation, though treatment usually takes anywhere between 6 months to 3 years to complete. Retainers are also generally worn after removing the braces. Encourage your teen to take good care of their braces to ensure they stay on schedule!