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Orthodontic Braces for Teens


The teen years are the most common time for parents to bring their kids in for braces. We usually prefer to see kids as early as age 7, but most orthodontic treatments start at the preteen and teenage years. Braces are very popular with the kids these days and several options exist to straighten kids teeth.

The first option and the most economical is the traditional metal braces. This is the most common treatment used today in orthodontics because the results are more predictable and the price is the most cost effective. The other option is the clear braces. This uses the same wires as the metal braces. The only difference is in the bracket that is bonded to the teeth. The clear bracket is porcelain and therefore less visible. This option is used for kids that don't want to show a mouth full of metal. The costs for clear, porcelain braces are slightly higher than metal braces. The last option is Invisalign®. Invisalign® teen is a special program offered by Invisalign that aligns teeth with a series of clear aligners. The older teenagers love this option because they are usually more self conscious of their appearance and don't want to have braces. Invisalign is a great treatment for the right patient. However, not all patients make good Invisalign® candidates. The cost of Invisalign® is usually higher than traditional braces.

The cost of braces usually depends on the severity of the case. During the initial consultation, the doctor will usually determine the issues that need to be resolved. A recommended treatment time is given and the price then is determined by the length of the treatment. Short treatments are usually 12 to 18 months. Longer treatments are usually 24 to 30 months. The majority of treatments fall within this range.

For a Free Orthodontic Consultation, call Dr. Julio Hernandez at Biscayne Dental & Facial Aesthetics in Miami, FL..(305) 224-1138 We are located at 350 NE 24th St., Suite 105 Miami, FL 33137 (see map). Dr. Julio Hernandez has over a decade of experience in treating all kinds of orthodontic treatments and is an active member the International Association of Orthodontics (IAO).

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