Teen Braces & Treatment
Your teenage years are formative in many ways. Because of the prevalence of social media, teens are under more pressure to look good with or without filters. Our office is all about promoting self-confidence and a beautiful smile can absolutely help with that! Taking advantage of teen braces will help your son or daughter as they develop into an adult, prepare for the future, and discover who they are as a person.
Orthodontics is most common in teenagers between the ages of 12 and 16, but is not limited to this age range! Most permanent teeth will be fully in place by this time, but because bone continues to form until your 20s your doctor can easily guide teeth into their correct permanent positions.
Some teens will have gone through a first phase of treatment with an appliance at a younger age, but some teens will go straight into braces when they are ready for them.
Benefits of Braces as a Teen
Not only are braces helpful to fix cosmetic issues for a picture-perfect smile, but they also have many health benefits for your teen.
- Corrects crooked teeth or malocclusions (bad bites)
- Reduces the potential for decay and gum disease
- Improves speech difficulties brought on by poorly aligned teeth
- Improves self-confidence
- Can reduce high dental bills from cavities by positioning teeth for optimal brushing and flossing
- Ease improper wear on teeth
- Reduce stress on jaw joints to prevent TMD
- Reduces the likelihood of losing permanent teeth in the future
Your Teen’s Personalized Treatment
Because your teen’s smile is as unique as their fingerprints, no two treatments are the same. Each of our patients gets a personalized treatment plan best suited to their orthodontic and personal needs.
At the initial consultation your doctor will create and go over a treatment plan with you, right down to the type of braces best suited for your teen. Our goal is to make your teen feel as comfortable as possible with their braces, so we offer four different types of braces, including self-ligating metal brackets, clear brackets, invisible/lingual brackets, and Invisalign.
Because treatment is unique to your teen, the amount of time they will spend in braces depends upon the severity of their case and how well the treatment plan is followed when it comes to your teen wearing his or her rubber bands, eating the right foods, and keeping up with an oral hygiene routine.