Since jaw and facial development rates typically stabilise around this period, the teen years are an important time for orthodontic treatment. We offer a variety of appliances and treatments to help teens get a bright, healthy smile.
What Problems Do We Treat in Teens?
Common problems that our experienced team can address during the teen years include:
- Crowded Teeth
- Crooked teeth
When Can Orthodontic Treatment Start In Teens?
Most individuals have all of their adult teeth by the time they reach age 12 or 13. At this time, most bite or space problems become fairly obvious, making it an ideal time to be evaluated for orthodontic treatment.
Whereas early orthodontic treatment, which can begin as early as the age of seven, tends to focus on managing crowding and monitoring and guiding jaw growth, teen orthodontic treatment focuses on the positions of the teeth.
Improperly positioned teeth are more vulnerable to dental problems. For example, crowded teeth are harder to clean, putting them at greater risk of gum disease and decay. Correcting these problems early can lead to healthier teeth for life.
Why Teeth Become Crooked
Crooked teeth are common in every age group. Even baby teeth can be crooked. Teeth can come in crooked as a result of heredity, genetics, or a mismatch between the size of the jaw and teeth. Certain habits can also contribute to crooked teeth:
- Our modern diet, which requires less chewing compared to the diets of our ancestors
- Dental trauma
- Facial injuries
- Thumb-sucking, prolonged bottle-use, or pacifier-use
- Tongue thrusting
Orthodontic treatment can correct a crooked smile and help you achieve a smile that looks and functions better.
What Are the Risks of Crooked Teeth?
For most individuals, there is no significant risk to their general or dental health from having slightly crooked teeth. However, crooked teeth can lead to tooth issues and gum problems in other cases.
Other people may not have health issues from crooked teeth, but may still find them distressful. If you find yourself smiling less or avoiding social situations because you are not happy with your smile, we would be glad to help you achieve a smile you would be proud of.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation.
Orthodontic Treatment Options
When it comes to straightening teeth, patients have more options than ever before. With a comprehensive evaluation and an accurate diagnosis, we can then recommend the best treatment for your smile and goals.
While previous generations had to either wear braces or simply skip treatment altogether, new options include both braces and clear aligners and other variations of both.
Braces remain one of the most popular treatments for moving and repositioning the teeth. Although braces can be used at any age, the early teen years are the most common time for treatment.
Most teens are candidates for conventional dental braces, although some patients find traditional wires and brackets can be too visible for some patients. We also offer lingual and ceramic braces.
Ceramic braces use ceramic tooth-coloured brackets designed to blend in with your smile, making them less noticeable. Lingual braces are applied to the inner surfaces of the teeth, making them a subtle option for straightening teeth.
Aligners are another great option for teens — and adults alike — to straighten their teeth in a practically invisible way.
Aligners are made of a clear plastic material that is precisely moulded to fit your unique mouth. The aligners apply pressure at specific points and are changed to a new set every two weeks to keep teeth moving in the proper direction.
Benefits of clear aligners such as Invisalign include:
- No need to give up your favourite foods and snacks since the aligners can be removed prior to eating
- Aligners can be removed for brushing and flossing, ensuring a more thorough job
Do You Want To Learn More About Teen Orthodontics?
Please contact us today to learn more about our treatments for jaw, bite, gum, and teeth issues. If you are a candidate for orthodontic treatment, we will thoroughly review and explain your treatment options, potential benefits, risks, and costs of certain procedures, and alternative treatments.
Our goal is to give you a healthy, beautiful smile as comfortably, quickly, and safely as possible. Please let us know if you have any questions or would like to set up a consultation.