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Adolescent Treatment

There are several orthodontic treatment options for teens just like you! We love seeing the confidence of our teen patients grow with each visit to our office. Ready to get started on your new smile?

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Orthodontic Options for Your Teen

We make orthodontic treatment fun by providing great music, highly-trained and upbeat team members, and an overall good vibe — you can’t help but smile while we make your smile unforgettable!

By using advanced orthodontic technology and creating an individualized treatment plan, catered to the specific needs, preferences, and lifestyle of our patients, we’re able to achieve results that will last a lifetime. Once you bring your child to our office for their initial consultation and complete any necessary early treatment, you’ll return when they reach adolescence to begin Phase II orthodontic treatment.

Why Is Adolescence The Best Time For Treatment?

Each child’s situation is unique, and sometimes additional intervention is needed to begin correcting orthodontic issues and prevent oral health issues down the line. However, the most popular time to begin treatment is anywhere between ages 9-12. During this time, most children have lost all their baby teeth and have a full set of permanent teeth with subsequent orthodontic problems. Braces and other orthodontic appliances work in tandem with the teenage growth spurt and higher metabolism levels, so that treatment is completed in an efficient and effective manner.

The Benefits of Treatment

Adolescence is the perfect time to begin receiving treatment for the following reasons:

  1. Improved Facial Appearance & Oral Health – As your teen progresses through orthodontic treatment, you’ll notice positive changes to their appearance and smile. Also, straighter teeth and a healthier smile are much easier to maintain, making trips to the dentist a breeze.
  2. Positive Social Experience – Most of your teen’s classmates and friends will also have braces, making it that much easier to get your child to come to every appointment. They’ll be excited to wear braces with their friends, and go through the experience with their peers!
  3. Saves Time & Money – The longer you wait to solve orthodontic issues, the worse they can become. Choosing to align treatment with your child’s natural growth and development will save you time, money, and minimize overall treatment time.

Popular Treatments at Braces by Garcia

One of the most popular braces options for teens is our self-ligating braces that come in both metal and clear! With this revolutionary self-ligating technology, the metal wire is held into place by a movable component instead of elastic ties. This allows your teeth to move more freely to provide a more comfortable orthodontic experience.

Another great option for our teen orthodontic patients is Invisalign Teen®, which uses a series of clear, removable trays to straighten your smile! No metal brackets or wires so you can enjoy the foods you love without any restrictions and brush and floss normally. You’ll have the confidence to show off your smile every day! We are a certified provider of Invisalign Teen® in Temecula and surrounding areas.

Your First Visit: What To Expect


Your Custom Treatment Plan

No two patients are the same. That’s why we offer completely customized treatment for each patient to ensure you reach your full smile potential! Your first visit to our office is aimed at getting an understanding of your oral health and teeth positioning. We will review your medical history and conduct a thorough exam, with X-Rays, to get a comprehensive look at your mouth. This information helps us design your customized treatment plan.


Braces/Aligners Just For You

Maximize the efficiency of your first visit and results by beginning your customized treatment plan right away! If you are a good candidate for braces, our team can help you get started right away with our Same-Day braces program! Not only do we save our patients money, we save you time!


Your New Smile

The people who come to us for treatment are more than just names on a chart – they are family. We love creating trusting and lasting relationships with our patients and their families while creating the smile of their dreams.

Start Treatment the Same Day!

Ready to get your beautiful, new smile? 

While other practices can take multiple visits before braces are put on, when you chose Same-Day Braces at your free consultation, you can get them on and be on your way to a better smile!

FAQs About Orthodontics for Teens

Can I still play sports

Of course! We do recommend that you use a mouthguard to protect your mouth during treatment.

Can I return to school the day I receive my braces?

Absolutely. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to return to your normal daily life.

Will my teeth straighten as they grow?

Unfortunately, no. Orthodontic issues, such as spacing and malocclusions, tend to worsen with age. It’s important to be examined as early as possible, to ensure these problems are corrected sooner rather than later.

Can I schedule all of my appointments after school?

We do our best to schedule you for the most convenient times based on your busy schedule, but cannot make any guarantees. However, most appointments are scheduled 4-10 weeks apart, so you or your child will miss minimal work/school time.

Can I drop my child off for an appointment?

We completely understand your busy schedule and are happy to accommodate. Once you pick up your child, we will review what was accomplished at the conclusion of each appointment and what is expected to be accomplished at the next appointment.  We strongly recommend making the follow up appointments prior to leaving our office.

What are you waiting for?

Feel Confident in Your New Smile!

Whether you want to straighten your smile to help your oral hygiene or to boost your self-esteem, Dr. Garcia can help!