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Braces & Invisalign for Teenagers in San Jose, CA

At Mashouf Orthodontics, we're proud to provide expert orthodontic treatment to patients throughout the San Jose, CA area. We believe everyone deserves a healthy, beautiful smile that they truly feel proud of, and we take the time to work with patients on an individual level, customizing treatments to perfectly suit each patient's unique orthodontic needs. We treat patients of all ages at our office, including an age group for which braces are very common- teenagers.

Why Adolescence?

At this point, teenagers getting orthodontic treatment is so common that braces are almost something of a right of passage – but have you ever wondered why adolescence is the most common age for braces? It turns out, there are a few very good reasons for this.

First of all, once a child reaches the teenage years, most or all of the permanent teeth have completely finished erupting. This means that changes made with orthodontic treatment act on the permanent teeth, providing a long-lasting improvement to the smile. Additionally, teenagers have high metabolisms and experience growth spurts – which we can take advantage of to speed up treatment and shorten overall treatment time.

Orthodontic Treatment Options for Teenagers

At Mashouf Orthodontics, we know every person is different – and that means we personalize every orthodontic treatment to the specific needs of the patient. We offer a wide variety of orthodontic treatments to suit each patient’s orthodontic needs, lifestyles, and personal preferences, including:

  • Traditional Metal Braces: These are what most people think of when they hear the word "braces." Made from high-grade stainless steel, they're a durable, reliable, and cost-effective treatment for almost any orthodontic condition.
  • Damon Braces: Damon braces look and work similarly to traditional braces, but they use special "self ligating" brackets that don't require elastic ties, helping to speed up the treatment process and provide more comfort. These braces come in both metal and clear versions.
  • Invisalign Teen: Invisalign Teen is an discreet alternative to braces that does away with metal brackets and wires, instead using a series of clear, removable aligners to straighten teeth. Invisalign is virtually invisible when worn and completely removable, which means that teens don't have to worry about having braces for prom or school pictures, can still enjoy their favorite foods, and can easily maintain proper oral hygiene
  • Lingual Braces: While lingual braces are made from metal and work much the same as regular braces, they're the only form of orthodontic treatment that's truly "invisible" – because the brackets are mounted to the inside (tongue side) of the teeth! This makes them completely invisible from the outside, but they're also more expensive and difficult to adjust to than regular braces.

Contact Your San Jose, CA Orthodontist

Getting orthodontic treatment during the teenage years is a great way to set yourself up for a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles – and we would be thrilled to help you get there. If you're interested in learning more about orthodontic treatment for your child (or even for yourself), just give us a call at 408-266-8820, reach out to us at our contact page, or request a consultation online at our San Jose office. We can't wait to hear from you!