Teen Orthodontics

Imagine Your Teen Graduating with a Perfect Smile

Discover all the benefits orthodontic care can offer your teenager with Dr. Righellis, Dr Ikeda and their highly skilled team.

Adolescence is an optimal time to see us for your orthodontic treatment needs. We use the latest and most advanced technology and a variety of care options to create the perfect smile.

During the teenage years, the jaw and bones of the face are still developing. This makes it easier for us to treat issues due to your teen’s rapid body growth. Once those bones stop developing, orthodontic conditions can become more difficult and costly to treat.

Orthodontic Problems will not Improve with Age

In fact, these issues will often worsen and become more challenging to correct.  Orthodontic treatment works in line with the body’s natural biology and high metabolism to move your teeth and jaw bones.

The growth spurts that occur in children under the age of 16 allow orthodontists the opportunity to take advantage of this growth to achieve fantastic outcomes that are much more difficult to achieve once they’re older.

As the body prepares for adulthood, we can use this time to adjust the teeth and jaw for oral health, airway functionality, or cosmetic reasons.

At Righellis Orthodontics, we believe it’s important to treat the issues your teen is experiencing before they become painful, embarrassing, or problematic.

Improving and correcting these concerns will improve their oral health for years to come along with a healthy and attractive smile.

What to Expect During the First Visit

Your teen’s first visit with Dr. Righellis will involve:

  • Taking diagnostic records (photos, scans, and X-rays) of your teen’s mouth
  • Begin developing a custom and specialized treatment plan
  • Ample time to ask questions and address any concerns

The treatment plan Dr. Righellis develops for your teen will meet their unique orthodontic needs and match his/her lifestyle. Nor will they have to stop playing sports or musical instruments.

Length of Treatment

Many teenagers will spend around 6 to 30 months in orthodontic treatment. The exact amount of time is based on patient compliance and the severity of the problem your child is experiencing.

When treatment is complete, they will begin the retention phase. This is where we will create a custom-made clear overlay retainer (C.O.R.) to wear, which will keep their teeth in place.

Orthodontic Treatment Options

At Righellis Orthodontics, we offer many options for all types of orthodontic conditions. Let’s look at some of the most common types of braces and what issues they are best at correcting:

Metal Braces

When most people hear the word braces, metal braces are typically the ones that first come to mind. Also called “traditional braces”, they are very effective at treating most orthodontic conditions and are very common among teenagers.

Metal braces have two basic components: the high-grade stainless steel metal bracket that is applied to the teeth and the bendable metal wire that is threaded through those brackets. The metal wire is used to apply gentle force to the teeth, which will ultimately guide them into proper position. The archwire may be fixed to the brackets with clasps, metal ties, or flexible elastics.

Metal braces are often the fastest way of moving and adjusting teeth. They offer a reliable, effective, and financially economical treatment option. The stigma associated with metal braces is now a thing of the past.

Modern brackets are now smaller and less noticeable than years ago, making them more comfortable, lighter, and less intrusive. New technology has helped to improve this option significantly.

New innovative archwires respond to your body heat to force the movement of teeth more rapidly and are less painful than what people experienced in the past with metal braces.

Ceramic Braces

This option allows the braces to blend in more naturally with the color of the teeth, making them a far less noticeable treatment. The brackets are made from a ceramic material that is the same color and texture as the teeth. Even the wires are colored to match the teeth. However, the downside to this is that the brackets can easily stain if your teenager is not diligent with their brushing and flossing.

Ceramic braces are more expensive than the metal option yet both create the same level of discomfort and are the same size and shape. They are less durable than their metal counterpart but technology is constantly changing and improving. Choosing ceramic braces will offer your teen a faster treatment than using Invisalign.


Invisalign uses a 3-D image of your teenager’s mouth to fabricate a sequence of 18 to 30 clear, removable  thermoplastic aligner trays. These aligners are typically replaced every two weeks to keep the teeth moving in the appropriate direction. Invisalign is one of the most commonly preferred and most effective invisible braces on the market.

Invisalign allows your child to completely remove the device to clean the teeth. Which can make it easier to lose or break resulting in costly replacements. While more comfortable, they are also more expensive than traditional braces. Technology in this area is advancing every day but at this time the Invisalign option is not best suited for many orthodontic conditions.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Righellis Today!

At Righellis Orthodontics in Oakland, CA, we know that deciding on the best treatment for your teenager’s mouth can be overwhelming.

Schedule a consultation with us today and allow us to take the difficulty out of this process and put you at ease.

Contact us online or call us at 510-482-0600.

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Meet Dr Righellis & Dr Ikeda
Dr. Righellis is an awesome orthodontist! He did my braces about 20 years ago and now he is taking care of my daughter. My daughter has a difficult case and I would not trust any other orthodontist to treat her. His staff is professional, friendly, and helpful.Elena M.

Righellis & Associates

Orthodontics for Children and Adults

2220 Mountain Blvd.
Suite 204
Oakland, CA 94611

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday: On a limited basis – please call for availability