Teen Treatment – Braces for Adolescents

adolescents girl with braces For many teens & adolescents, braces are a rite of passage. There are several good reasons why adolescence is the optimal time for orthodontic treatment, though occasionally even earlier intervention is called for. There is no set timetable for every child, but generally, by the age of 11-13, the “baby” teeth have all been lost and the permanent ones have come in. This is the time when we can go to work correcting the problems that cause a bad bite, improper tooth spacing or poor alignment.

Why Your Teen Need Professional Orthodontic Help

As you can imagine, orthodontic problems don’t improve with age – they simply become harder to treat. It’s easier to treat many orthodontic problems during adolescence because the body is still growing rapidly at this time. With that in mind, we can create an improved appearance and function in a short period of time. During later years, when the bones of the face and jaw are fully developed, it becomes more difficult (and costly) to treat.

How Orthodontia Improves Confidence

Lastly, there is a social element to getting orthodontic treatment in adolescence. If you need braces, usually you’re not alone! It’s very likely that you’ll see some of your classmates with braces. When it’s done, you’ll have a smile that you can really be proud of and benefits that will last a lifetime. To find out if your teen is a candidate for orthodontic treatment, contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation.