Orthodontic Treatment for Braces for Adolescents

With the immense rise in popularity of visual social media platforms such as Instagram, TikTok, and Snapchat, there’s more pressure than ever for teens to have sparkling, straight smiles. So it’s no surprise that according to research by the American Association of Orthodontists, patients between the ages of 12 and 17 make up more than half of all orthodontic cases.

Biologically speaking, our teenage years are the perfect time to receive orthodontic treatment. The molars have erupted and all of the adult teeth have come through, but the jaw is still supple enough to be guided into the correct position.

Here at Perfect Smiles Orthodontics, we offer a full range of orthodontic solutions for teens. Our leading, board-certified orthodontist, Dr. Chin, has been working with adolescents to achieve beautiful, confident smiles for over 17 years. So you can be sure that your teen’s teeth are in safe hands.

Orthodontic Treatments for Teens That Won’t Make Them Cringe

Gone are the days of clunky headgear and mouths filled with obtrusive metal, modern orthodontic appliances are (thankfully) sleeker and more discrete than ever.

If your teen suffers from teeth alignment issues, such as overcrowded or crooked teeth, or jaw troubles, such as an overbite or underbite, the chances are that they will benefit from some form of orthodontic treatment.

These problems typically manifest and get worse over time. If left untreated they can lead to plaque build-up, tooth decay, speech issues, and trouble biting or chewing food. So timely intervention is extremely valuable.

Depending on your teen’s specific dental needs, their treatment goals, and preferences, there are a variety of options available. At Perfect Smiles Orthodontics, we offer:

Orthodontic Treatments Options for Adolescents

Clear Braces

Ceramic braces function similarly to metal braces, but instead of gray or metallic silver brackets and wires, they use clear or tooth-colored brackets. Ceramic braces are a popular choice for individuals who want to undergo orthodontic treatment without attracting unwanted attention to their teeth. Choosing ceramic braces can be beneficial for people who are concerned about feeling self-conscious while wearing braces.

Invisalign Teens

Invisalign has a version that is exclusively designed for teenagers known as Invisalign for teens. This treatment method involves the use of clear plastic aligners that are almost unnoticeable, thus ensuring that none of your peers can tell that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Carriere Motion Appliances

The Carriere Motion device is a sleek metallic ‘limb’ that is typically affixed to the third and sixth teeth. Additionally, a transparent detachable retainer will be placed on the opposite jaw, with a fastener attached to the rear tooth for attaching removable elastics. It is a professional-grade appliance designed to improve teeth alignment.

Metal Braces

Metal braces, which comprise small metal brackets affixed to every tooth and connected by a tightening wire, are an effective option for orthodontic cases, whether major or minor. However, due to their invasiveness, they may not be suitable for all patients

Invisalign Teens

If your teen is worried about unsightly braces ruining their yearbook or school prom photos, look no further than Invisalign clear aligners. Invisalign consists of a series of custom-made, clear trays that are comfortable for the teeth, removable, and inconspicuous. Made from wafer-thin, medical-grade plastic, each aligner is worn day and night for approximately two weeks. Over time, gentle pressure gradually repositions the teeth to create a straighter, healthier smile.

Invisalign Teen is the adolescent-specific version of Invisalign designed to encourage compliance and monitor molar eruption. Each aligner features a blue compliance indicator that fades to clear with wear. This allows parents and orthodontists to keep track of whether teens are wearing the aligners for the requisite 20 – 22 hours per day.


The transparent, ultra-thin nature of Invisalign means that teens can smile confidently and don’t have to worry about their speech being impeded. Since Invisalign is removable, no sacrifices have to be made – adolescents can remove their aligners to practice musical instruments, eat their favourite foods, and play their favourite sport.


For more information, head to our Invisalign page.

Why Choose Perfect Smiles
for your Orthodontic Treatment

At Perfect Smiles Orthodontics, we recognize that no two patients are alike. Our friendly team will take the time to chat with your teen, listen to their expectations, and design a treatment roadmap that caters to their concerns. Our principle orthodontist, Dr. Chin, has been practicing orthodontics since 2003 so he knows exactly what it takes to create a beautiful smile.

We strive to make orthodontic treatment as comfortable and engaging as possible for adolescents. That’s why our practice has a games room filled with consoles and iPads for them to make the most of between appointments.

To learn more about teen orthodontic treatments, please call our friendly staff.

Adult Orthodontics FAQ


The decision to undertake orthodontic treatment lies entirely in the hands of you and your teenager. While treatment is generally faster and more effective during adolescence, braces are suitable for all ages – whether 18 or 80!


As teenagers, appearance is everything. All you want is to fit in with your peers without drawing too much attention to yourself. This is why invisible braces are a great match for adolescents. With invisible braces, teenagers can receive life-changing orthodontic treatment in an inconspicuous, low profile manner. In fact, most of the time friends and family won’t even realize that your teen has braces. It’s between you, your teen, and the orthodontist.

Is your teen ready to start their teeth transformation journey? Get in touch to book a consultation.

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