Orthodontic treatment for children often begins between the ages of 9 and 12. During this phase of growth most kids have a mix of permanent and baby teeth. The orthodontic process is beneficial at this stage because it can improve the alignment of the existing permanent teeth, guide the incoming new adult teeth into position, and utilize the child’s growth and development to best advantage.
A large percentage of all orthodontic patients are teenagers. At this stage of development most of their permanent teeth, with the exception of the wisdom teeth, have already erupted into place. At this time, the orthodontist can identify any teeth or bite alignment issues, making your teen an excellent candidate for orthodontic care.
The teenage years are typically a time of significant physical and emotional development. Teens acquire a more mature appearance, along with a heightened sense of self-awareness, growing self-confidence, and a greater investment in peer relationships. Crooked, gapped, crowded, or protruding teeth can have a negative impact on their self-image and self-esteem. In addition, a poor bite can predispose teens to TMJ issues, headaches, and ultimately dental disease.
Helping your child or teen to gain a well-aligned, more pleasing and healthier smile means making a commitment to orthodontic care. We believe that a beautiful smile is well worth the time and dedication invested in wearing an orthodontic appliance.
Thanks to advances in modern orthodontics, today’s image-conscious tweens and teens can choose from a wide selection of braces or clear aligners that are far less bulky, much less noticeable, and more comfortable than ever before.