Braces for Teens

Why do teens need braces?

The teen years present the perfect time for braces! Permanent teeth have erupted and are stabilizing, and the gums are ideally impressionable during these years.

Once all permanent teeth, including wisdom teeth, are in place during the early adult years, a person may require a longer treatment period or various appliances to guide the teeth into alignment. The early to mid teen years are ideal for treating conditions before they progress too far.

If a poor orthodontic condition (or misalignment) goes untreated, it’s very likely that it will affect a person’s quality of life.

Poor orthodontic conditions can:

  • Cause pain and soreness in the mouth
  • Restrict airways
  • Cause mouth-breathing
  • Hinder sleep quality
  • Cause facial deformities
  • Cause poor oral hygiene, which can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss
  • Lead to poor self-esteem

Common Conditions Treated with Braces for Teens

We often treat the following conditions with braces for our teen patients:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Poor bites (overbite, underbite, open bite, cross bite)
  • Overjet

Types of Braces for Teens

Every teen is different, so we offer different types of braces to accommodate our patients. Teens have the choice of Damon® braces and Invisalign® Teen clear aligners for clearly beautiful teeth.

Teens are no longer limited to traditional, metal braces. We’re proud to offer braces that are comfortable and nearly-invisible for our teen patients.

How long will I wear braces?

Your treatment period will always depend on your specific orthodontic condition, your preferred type of braces, and your diligence (when wearing Invisalign clear aligners.)

Your treatment period with Invisalign Teen

Your treatment period is subject to vary depending on the severity of your condition, but most cases take about 24 months to treat with Invisalign Teen clear aligners. Although, if you don’t wear your aligners for at least 20 to 23 hours a day, you may require a longer treatment period.

Your treatment period with Damon Clear braces

Again, your treatment period may vary depending on the severity of your condition, but most cases can be treated with Damon Clear braces about 6 months earlier than with traditional braces! Your treatment period with Damon braces can range anywhere from 12 to 18 months.

Contact us to schedule an appointment. We have offices in West Spartanburg, East Spartanburg, Duncan, Union and Gaffney.

At Nease & Higginbotham Orthodontics, we offer a low cost to braces to meet each family and individuals financial needs!

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I went to get the scans done for my aligners. I love the staff here! They’re always so nice and welcoming. Very helpful and I look forward to my future appointments here!

Ashlee Tines

Ashlee Tines


Awesome Doctors and Staff!  Highly recommend!!

Zach Thomas

Zach Thomas


As an older adult I recently went to Dr. Nease for an Invisalign consult.  His staff is highly professional, friendly and all around awesome.  I am so excited to work with Dr. Nease and get started on my Invisalign journey.  It’s never to late to improve your smile.

Debbi Herman

Debbi Herman


East Spartanburg

2455 E. Main Street
Spartanburg, SC 29307
(864) 579-7700

West Spartanburg

212 E. Blackstock Rd.
Spartanburg, SC 29301
(864) 587-8000


1785 E. Main Street
Duncan, SC 29334
(864) 579-7700


111 Northgate Road
Gaffney, SC 29341
(864) 579-7700


209 E. South St
Union, SC 29379
(864) 587-8000

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