Teenagers that have a less-than-favorable smile are more likely to suffer from low self-esteem and confidence levels. There are several reasons why a teen’s smile may not reflect the optimal level of beauty, but the most common are misalignments, injuries, oral health diseases, poor diet choices, and crooked growth.

Correcting misalignments is expensive – especially if the child does not have dental insurance. These activities typically involve numerous checkups, as well as several adjustments. In total, the process could end up costing thousands of dollars.

One way to properly prepare for the expense is to become familiar with the types of braces that are available and to plan ahead. Let’s go through the types of braces for teenage patients.

Metal Braces

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Metal braces are the most traditional. These are designed to hold the teeth in place through the use of brackets and wires that are composed of metal that is appropriate for use in the mouth. While today’s metal braces are much thinner and smaller than the older versions, they operate in the same manner and are just as beneficial. When it comes to expense, these are the least expensive option. In most cases, metal braces cost anywhere from as little as a few thousand dollars to up to approximately seven thousand dollars.

Lingual Braces

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Lingual braces are a popular option for teenagers. These are designed in the same fashion as metal braces; however, they are actually placed a bit different. Instead of being on the outside of the teeth, these are placed on the interior area of the mouth, directly behind the teeth. Overall, these are very aesthetic as they are actually not seen by others. Unfortunately, these types of braces may be very challenging in terms of cleaning. Additionally, many pediatric dentists have confirmed that these types of braces will need to be adjusted more regularly than other types of braces. In most instances, the total costs associated with lingual braces range from eight thousand dollars to ten thousand dollars.

Ceramic Braces


If you and your teen are interested in acquiring braces that are considered to be discreet and aid in correcting alignment issues in a much faster manner, ceramic braces are the way to go. These types of braces are designed to blend in with the color of the teeth in a teen’s mouth. In most cases, these may be placed for anywhere between four thousand dollars and eight thousand dollars.



If your teenager suffers from a mild case of misalignment, Invisalign may be the best option, in terms of braces type. This is an almost invisible type of braces that consists of a custom-made aligner for the child’s teeth. It is easier to eat with these types of braces; however, each aligner will need to be replaced every two to three weeks. This option costs approximately four thousand to seven thousand dollars.


If your child needs braces and you live in the Richmond, Indiana area, contact us here at Richmond Family Dentistry today to set up a consultation: 765-966-7602