Sometimes it is necessary to start early orthodontic treatment. There's not a fixed timeline for each child's orthodontic needs. However, the age of 11-13, when the baby teeth have fallen off and the permanent ones have been introduced, is the perfect time to correct the issues that lead to an unbalanced bite (malocclusion) or inadequate spacing between teeth.
Benefits of Getting Braces as a Teenager
Braces are recommended for treating various dental issues such as overcrowded teeth, an overbite, or underbite. Although you can get braces at any time, there are some advantages they offer when you are an adolescent.
- As long as you don't have permanent teeth in place, orthodontics usually aren't utilized in the treatment. When your child is between 12 and 14 years old, they will have lost all their baby teeth and have their molars.
- As teenagers continue to grow, it is easier to move their teeth in the ideal places. If you do get braces early enough, you may require more orthodontic treatment as you grow. This is the reason why adolescence is the best time to acquire braces.
- Braces enhance your smile's appearance, help correct the alignment of your jaw, and avoid the need for corrective dental surgeries later on.
- Teenage years can be difficult, particularly with the pressure to appear flawless. Having a gorgeous smile can boost confidence for an anxious teenager and will enhance oral health for years to come.
Orthodontic Treatment as a Teenager
Length of Treatment
The usual length of braces treatment ranges between 18 and 30 months. If you are seeking more extensive aligning, it will be longer.
Process of Getting Braces
Our orthodontist will develop a detailed schedule that will outline how long you will require braces and post-treatment care. We also provide Invisalign for teens with specific orthodontic problems.
The orthodontist will clean the teenager's teeth, and then the brackets will be attached to the teeth with bonding glue. Wires will be placed to connect the brackets and held in place by rubber bands. The patients will often have to visit the orthodontist for check-ups and braces adjustment.
After Removing Braces
After taking braces off, the orthodontist will then fit the child with retainers to prevent their teeth from moving forward. The period of time to wear retainers can range from a few months to several years.
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