3 Things You Should Know About Orthodontics for Teenagers
Posted on December 13, 2022
Orthodontics for teenagers can help to treat a wide range of orthodontic problems. An orthodontist has treatment options that can help to straighten a smile, correct a crossbite, correct an overbite or underbite, and much more. There are three things that every parent should know about orthodontics for teenagers.
Orthodontic Care Should Start Early
Orthodontists recommend that children start seeing an orthodontist around the age of seven. Of course, it is never too late to start seeing an orthodontist, but the sooner the better. Most children do not begin orthodontic treatment at the age of seven, but regular evaluations and tracking help to design treatment plans.
Typically, a general dentist will make the recommendation for orthodontic care. The initial care if it starts around the age of seven, will be mostly monitored. Treatment typically begins between the age of 10-14.
Teenagers Have Options Younger Patients Do Not
Orthodontics for teenagers does not have to mean traditional metal braces. Teenagers can choose Invisalign, which has a satisfaction rate of 96% according to the AOA. Teenagers that wear Invisalign report feeling more confident and satisfied with this treatment option compared to metal braces.
Invisalign is not an option for younger patients simply because they require specific participation by the patient. For example, Invisalign trays must be removed during meals. Younger patients may have a harder time keeping up with remembering to remove and reinsert them.
Average Treatment Length
On average your teen can expect to wear braces for about two years, followed by wearing a retainer at night. The two-year average treatment time can change based on individual needs. Your teen will have to be seen in the office throughout the treatment period for adjustments and to ensure that the treatment is going as planned.
A great smile is only half the benefit of wearing braces. The other benefit is improving oral and overall health. For example, an overbite can cause headaches. The teeth can become worn down when the bite is off, which can invite enamel damage and cavities.
Orthodontic treatment for your teen is essential to ensure their oral health now and in the future. Orthodontic treatments for teens can increase your teen’s confidence. Give us a call to make an appointment today.