Braces for Teens

At Walton & Maready, we make getting braces relatable, easy, and educational.

A visit to an orthodontist in Raleigh can be overwhelming and scary for teens. Not knowing what to expect and fear about the effects of braces on their appearance is one of the most common challenges parents face when it comes to braces for teens.

But don’t worry! At Walton & Maready we make getting braces engaging and relevant to their lifestyle. Your teen will not only be involved in selecting a treatment plan that is right for their busy lifestyle but also gain information and knowledge about their oral health.

Why Engaging Teens in Treatment Matters

After more than 30 years of experience, we’ve discovered that inviting your teen to be involved in their orthodontic treatment plan is essential for lasting and predictable results.
Braces aren’t nearly as scary as you or your teen may think. In fact, braces today come in a variety of styles, materials, and colors, making life with braces much easier, more comfortable, and even more stylish than in the past.

What to Expect When Starting Treatment

The time it takes to treat your teen’s smile with braces depends on three key factors:


The amount of treatment each individual patient needs depends on the specifics of their orthodontic problem. The arrangement of your teen’s teeth are as unique as their thumbprint. Treatment times will vary depending on how much work is needed to give them a confident and healthy smile.

Response to Treatment

Every patient reacts to orthodontic treatment differently. The rate of tooth movement varies from patient to patient due to genetic influences, so while it may take one patient only 12 months to complete their treatment, it may take another patient 24 months.


Your teen’s willingness to wear the appliances (such as rubber bands) that are prescribed as part of their treatment plays a major role in the length of time it takes to complete treatment. Our approach to involving your teen in their treatment selection process and engaging them with knowledge about their oral health helps ensure your teen is more likely to be compliant.

Braces That Fit Their Lifestyle

Our practice offers a variety of types and styles of braces to choose from. Some common options include:

Next Steps

Orthodontic treatment in Raleigh is a big part of life for many teens. While braces may have had a bad reputation in the past, today’s braces make it easy to look good and feel confident. In our welcoming office your teen will experience their own moment of zen and feel in complete control of their oral health.

Giving teens a voice in their orthodontic treatment plan makes starting treatment more relaxed, engaging, relevant, and easy.

Schedule a free consultation today to learn more about the orthodontic treatment plans that are right for your teen.


Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 5:00pm


2305 Stafford Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27607