Invest in Your Teen
Orthodontics for teens (between the ages of 12 and 16) are the most common time for orthodontic treatment because most permanent teeth will be in place.
Luckily, some new solutions work to make the treatment process much easier than ever before.
Orthodontics for Teens
Experienced orthodontists like Dr. Wolf can easily recognize spacing issues, crowding, bite, and alignment in this age range. Your teen’s bone and jaw structure are also formed enough to allow orthodontic treatment to begin.
This is also when teens who have started Phase 1 treatment at an earlier age will follow up with full braces or other orthodontic treatment.
Beyond outward appearances, untreated dental problems can have a lasting impact on your teen’s oral and overall health.
- Early, late, or irregular loss of their baby teeth
- Difficulty with chewing or biting
- Crowding or extra spacing between teeth
- Jaws that shift or make sounds
- Frequent biting of the cheek or the inside of the mouth
- Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all
- Jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face
- Protrusion of teeth
Diagnosing and successfully treating certain bite problems can have short-term and long-term benefits.
Problems classified as “bad bites” can often be minimized with the proper orthodontic treatment, including:
- Crooked or crowded teeth
- Missing or extra teeth
- An overbite or underbite
- Incorrect jaw position
- A disorder of the jaw joint
Benefits of a Straight Smile
Straight teeth that respond well to orthodontic treatment have many benefits, including:
- Being less prone to wear and tear, chipping, and tooth trauma
- Being easier to keep clean, helping to prevent tooth decay and cavities
- Reducing the chances of developing gum disease, which can result in bone loss, decay, and tooth loss
- Improving proper chewing and digestion of food
Choose Your Look
While creating a customized treatment plan for your teen, we might recommend an orthodontic appliance.
Here at Stacy Wolf Orthodontics, we offer:
Metal braces have come a very long way, as recently as in the last decades. Say goodbye to the days of the bulky metal brackets that may come to mind.
We don't use this type of bulky orthodontic appliance. Many of the new braces are lighter and more comfortable than ever before.
Also known as clear braces, these work the same way metal braces do, but the brackets are made out of tooth-colored ceramic materials.
They blend in with your teen’s smile, making them much less obvious. Since ceramic braces are slightly more prone to breaking and a bit more expensive than metal braces, they may not be best for everyone.
Invisalign® for Teens
The Invisalign system is made up of a series of fully customized, clear trays called aligners. These aligners are nearly invisible and totally removable.
They provide a more comfortable orthodontic experience thanks to the smooth plastic they’re made from. They won’t cause friction or abrasions inside your teen’s mouth.
Each week your teen will switch their aligner for the next in the set. Your teen’s teeth will gradually move into the desired positions as they wear the aligners for the recommended 20-22 hours per day.
Invisalign works best for mild to moderate orthodontic issues, and may not be an option if your teen needs more serious treatment.
FAQs About Teen Orthodontics
Make an Investment in Your Teen’s Smile Today
Although adults can successfully complete orthodontic treatment, a teen’s jaws and teeth can respond quicker to orthodontic treatment, shortening their total treatment time.
Orthodontic treatment is an investment in your child’s future. During your free consultation, Dr. Wolf will be happy to discuss the benefits of treatment and the risk of putting it off. Be sure to check smiles of all our great patients and get office updates on our social.