There's a reason why orthodontic treatment is portrayed as a high school rite of passage. It's because the teenage years are actually an excellent time to straighten the teeth and pave the way for a lifetime of (perfect) smiles.
The teen years (between the ages of 12 and 16) are the most common time for orthodontic treatment because most permanent teeth are in place. Luckily, some new solutions work to make the treatment process with SLS Orthodontics much easier than ever before.
This is a great age range for experienced orthodontists like Dr. Smith to easily recognize spacing issues, crowding, and bite and alignment problems. By age 12, most, if not all, of the permanent teeth have erupted. This allows the orthodontist to easily determine the degree of a patient's issues whether it's crooked teeth, a misaligned bite or spacing.
It would be awesome if teeth just corrected themselves but, unfortunately, that hardly ever happens. That's why it's at this stage it usually becomes necessary for mom or dad to seek orthodontic treatment for their child if they haven't already.
Some teens may have even started Phase I treatment at an earlier age and are now following it up with full braces or other orthodontic treatment.
While creating a customized treatment plan for your teen, Dr. Smith might recommend an orthodontic appliance.
We know teens have a lot on their plate from academics and sports to friendships and social lives. The last thing we want them to worry about is the state of their teeth! We offer treatment options that work on a wide range of cases and suit each patient's individual needs and lifestyle. Traditional metal braces, clear braces, inbrace and Invisalign are all effective ways to help them get the stellar smile they desire.
Braces have come a very long way, even within the past decade. When many people think of braces, they think of extremely bulky metal brackets.
The good news is that we don't use this type of bulky orthodontic appliance! Many of the new braces we offer are lighter and more comfortable than ever.
Also known as clear braces, these work the same way metal braces do but feature brackets made of tooth-colored ceramic materials.
They blend in with your teen's smile, so they're much less obvious. Since ceramic braces may break slightly easier, and are a little more expensive than metal braces, our doctors may not recommend them for everyone.
Lingual braces provide a more discreet way to straighten your smile. Since the brackets are placed on the backs of your teeth, no one will ever see them! This makes them an excellent option for our more image-conscious patients.
If you've been hesitant about orthodontic treatment because you don't want your smile to stand out, this could be just the option you're looking for.
The Invisalign system is made up of a series of fully customized, clear trays called aligners. These aligners are nearly invisible and totally removable.
Made of soft plastic, the aligners provide a more comfortable orthodontic experience, with no friction or abrasions inside your teen's mouth.
Each week your teen will switch their aligner for the next in the set. When your teen wears the aligners for the 20-22 hours per day recommended by Dr. Smith, their teeth will gradually move into the desired positions.
Invisalign works best for mild to moderate orthodontic cases, and may not be an option if your teen needs more severe correction.
Straight teeth that respond well to orthodontic treatment have many benefits, including:
Beyond outward appearances, untreated dental problems can have a lasting impact on your teen's oral and overall health.
If you notice any of the following issues, we recommend a complimentary consultation with Dr. Smith at SLS Orthodontics, since they could be signs your teen may benefit from orthodontic treatment.
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: