Teen Orthodontics Commonly Starts Between Ages 12 and 16
Between the ages of 12 and 16, many preteens and teens begin their orthodontic treatment. Permanent teeth have normally grown in by this stage of life and jaws have usually formed their structure enough to respond well to full orthodontic treatment. A skilled orthodontist can examine a young person’s mouth to see what problem areas may need to be corrected. These would include:
- Gaps between teeth.
- Overcrowded teeth.
- Overbites, underbites, or crossbites.
- Crooked teeth.
If a child has already started preventive treatment earlier in life, this may be the right time to transition to the second phase of orthodontic treatment.
What Are the Benefits of Teen Orthodontics?
Many teens enjoy the aesthetic benefits that orthodontic treatment has to offer. When they no longer have crooked teeth or protruding jaws, teens will often be more confident about their overall appearance. Braces for teens also offer a whole host of other benefits, such as:
- Straightened teeth won’t be as susceptible to wear and tear as crooked teeth.
- Straight teeth and aligned jaws help promote proper chewing and digestion.
- Straight teeth can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
- Straightened teeth are easier to clean.
Making an investment in your teen’s oral health with orthodontic treatment can boost their self-esteem and improve their overall health for a lifetime.
Different Types of Braces for Teens
Gone are the days of a cookie-cutter approach to orthodontic treatments. A variety of different types of braces for teens are available today. These would include:
- Conventional Metal Braces
- Self-Ligating Braces
- Lingual Braces
There are pros and cons associated with each type of braces. You can speak to the orthodontist to find out more about the pros and cons of each type to figure out which one would work best for your teen.
Parents can provide encouragement to their teens throughout the duration of their time wearing braces. If your teen gets braces, you can remind them of the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene habits so that their orthodontic treatment will be as successful as possible.
If you have more questions about teen orthodontics or you would like to schedule an initial orthodontic consultation your preteen or teen, feel free to contact our office.