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Which Discreet Stone Oak Orthodontics Option Is Best for Teens?

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As a parent, you want the best for your child, for both their physical and their mental health. That makes it tough when you have a teen who’s a little self-conscious but needs orthodontic treatment. At Schatz Orthodontics, our San Antonio teen braces care helps you find a solution that not only straightens your child’s teeth but also fits their lifestyle and doesn’t interfere with their self-image. Check out the options below and then schedule an appointment to discuss their journey to a straighter smile. 


Invisalign® Teen is virtually undetectable and very convenient. One of the biggest perks is that the trays are removable for eating and brushing—a plus if your teen struggles to stay on top of their oral hygiene. 

  • Pros: Custom-made to fit snugly over the teeth, the clear trays are usually more comfortable. Additionally, without metal wires or brackets, gum and mouth irritation is significantly reduced. Your teen may not need to visit our office as often either. 
  • Cons: Discipline is a must, as your teen must wear Invisalign for 20-22 hours a day. Treatment success relies on your teen’s commitment. Clear aligners also aren’t always suitable for severe orthodontic cases.

Clear Ceramic Braces

Among the types of braces available at Schatz Orthodontics, clear braces are another subtle choice. The brackets are made of clear or tooth-colored ceramic, making them less noticeable. However, they work similarly to metal braces, making them effective for more complex problems. 

  • Pros: Since these clear braces for teens are fixed to the teeth, your child won’t have to stay on top of their own treatment like with Invisalign. These braces are great for a wide range of misalignments.
  • Cons: Ceramic braces can be more fragile than their metal counterparts. The Cleveland Clinic also reports that, because clear braces aren’t as strong, treatment might take longer. This option can be more expensive and require more maintenance to prevent staining.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are like undercover orthodontic agents. They are affixed to the back of the teeth, keeping them hidden from view, and work in the same manner as traditional braces. 

  • Pros: Their most significant advantage is their invisibility from the outside. Lingual braces are a great option for teens who play wind instruments or participate in sports, as they won’t have to worry about bumping their braces.
  • Cons: Lingual braces can be more difficult to clean and might take some time to get used to. Initially, these braces can affect speech and may be uncomfortable for the tongue.

Why Choose Our Stone Oak Orthodontics Team?

At Schatz Orthodontics, we are committed to providing the best care for our teenage patients. Dr. Eric Schatz and the rest of the staff are dedicated to creating beautiful, healthy smiles. That’s why we offer a variety of discreet braces options. Even though the ultimate goal is always the same—straighter, healthier teeth—the journey to get there is different for everyone. Offering multiple choices allows you and your child to make the best decision for your family. 

Explore San Antonio Teen Clear Braces and More

If you are considering Invisalign or clear braces for your teen, schedule a consultation with Schatz Orthodontics today. Our team can recommend a subtle orthodontic option. We also offer flexible financing services to make treatment more affordable. Give your teen the gift of a confident smile at our Stone Oak office.

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22610 US Highway 281 North, Suite 201
San Antonio, TX 78258

Phone: (210) 494-4606

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22610 US Highway 281 North, Suite 201
San Antonio, TX 78258


(210) 494-4606

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Monday - Wednesday 7:00AM – 4:30PM
Thursday 7:00AM – 4:00PM
Lunch Time 12:30PM - 1:30PM

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