People most often think of teenagers as the ones who get braces. And they’re right. However, the very best time for us to treat pre-teens and teens is before they lose their last set of baby molars!
Young adults in their early teens still have permanent teeth coming in, and their bodies are still growing. This enables straightening teeth and aligning jaws faster and easier than at other points in life. The teenage years are when an orthodontist can truly make a difference in someone’s permanent smile and self-esteem. We have seen teens transform before our eyes; a once unsure teenager who didn’t want to smile turns into a happier, outgoing teen when treatment is complete.
Traditional braces are not what they used to be. Today’s metal braces are bonded directly to the teeth, and we offer colored bands to match a teen’s own style and personality. With the 3M™ Colour Your Smile online tool, patients can choose if they want to be subdued or bright and bold before they even come to their appointment. Plus, bands can be mixed and matched and changed at each appointment.
Ceramic braces are designed like metal braces but have clear brackets that blend with the teeth. These are a cost-effective option for teens who want to be more discreet about their orthodontic treatment.
Invisalign Teen aligners are custom-made, clear plastic aligners that are used to reposition teeth. These aligners fit over existing teeth and slowly shift teeth into their proper place. These can be used in many, but not all, situations instead of traditional braces. Some people consider the clear Invisalign aligners to be invisible braces. If your teen is worried about his or her appearance during treatment, Invisalign may be a good option. The coolest part of Invisalign is that oral hygiene is easy—there is no worrying about food getting stuck—just brush and floss like normal!
If your teen hasn’t visited an orthodontist yet, now is the perfect time. And, you don’t need a dentist’s referral to schedule an appointment. At the first complimentary consultation, we’ll determine whether orthodontic treatment is right for your teen. Contact us or call today at 920-231-4922.