If braces are needed, it’s beneficial to get them during the teen years, when any problems that may contribute to spacing issues, improper alignment or a bad bite can be easily addressed. The reality is that these problems don’t improve with age – they simply become more severe and more difficult to treat. As the body is still growing in adolescence, Dr. Partovi is able to create a healthier and more attractive mouth in a very short period of time. Plus, the teen years are an extremely common time to get braces, which means your child won’t feel alone throughout the process.

In addition, getting braces as a teen will improve your child’s appearance and allow him or her to build strong self-esteem, ultimately experiencing a lifetime of confidence about their smile.

Does your teen need braces?

The only way to know for sure if your teen needs braces is to come into 360 Orthodontics for a full evaluation. If Dr. Partovi sees any of the following issues during that appointment, she may recommend treatment:


Crowding occurs when there isn’t enough space for the teeth to fit properly within the jaws. Signs of crowding are teeth that are twisted and displaced.

Excess spacing

This occurs when there is too much space in between the teeth, creating a gap.

Midline misalignment

This occurs when the middle of your upper front teeth doesn’t align with the middle of your lower front teeth.

Open bite

This occurs when some of the top and bottom teeth don’t meet when biting.


A crossbite occurs when the upper teeth don’t come down slightly in front of the lower teeth as they should.


An underbite occurs when the lower jaw protrudes beyond the upper jaw, causing the front lower teeth to overlap the front top teeth.


Also known as “buck teeth,” this occurs when the upper teeth are located too far in front of the lower teeth.

For millions of teens, braces are a right of passage – a way to achieve straight and attractive teeth so they can smile with confidence throughout their lives. At 360 Orthodontics, Dr. Partovi loves catering to her teen patients, helping them come to terms with the prospect of wearing braces and offering guidance as they choose an orthodontic treatment that will provide them with the healthy and beautiful smile they deserve.

If one or more of the above problems are present, Dr. Partovi may recommend a personalized treatment plan to correct the issue and provide your teen with a lifetime of healthy, straight and beautiful teeth.

Treatment options for teens

At 360 Orthodontics, Dr. Partovi is proud to offer the full range of orthodontic options for teens, including:

Invisalign Teen

By far one of our most popular options, Invisalign Teen allows teenagers to straighten their teeth with a clear, plastic appliance that is virtually invisible.

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Traditional Braces

At 360 Orthodontics, our traditional braces come in an exciting array of clear, gold and colorful hues, allowing teens to express themselves with confidence.

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Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are attached to the inside surfaces of the teeth, making them virtually invisible from the outside.

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Damon System

A relatively new treatment, the Damon system can straighten your teen’s teeth much more quickly – and with less pain – than traditional braces.

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Meet Dr. Partovi

A graduate of the esteemed New York University College of Dentistry, Dr. Mahtab Partovi is a respected orthodontic specialist offering the full range of braces to her Los Angeles patients, including traditional metal, Invisalign, self-ligating and lingual. Having expertly corrected crooked teeth for thousands of individuals over the years, Dr. Partovi is among the most qualified orthodontists available to help you achieve the beautiful and healthy smile you’ve always wanted.

Beyond her impressive technical expertise and years of experience, Dr. Partovi is also known for her dedication to personalized care. She is always available to her patients – not only to guide you through your family’s braces journey, but also to make sure you’re thriving in all areas of your life. Whether you need college and career advice, a letter of recommendation, a physician referral or a great vegetarian recipe, Dr. Partovi is there for you because she genuinely cares about the overall wellbeing of her patients. In fact, it’s her compassionate nature and commitment to her patients that have earned her a reputation as one of the best orthodontists Los Angeles has to offer.