TREATMENT FOR TEENS
There are several good reasons why adolescence is the optimal time for orthodontic treatment. It’s easier to treat many orthodontic problems during adolescence because the body, jaws and bones are growing rapidly, and the results will last a lifetime. Whether we use braces, clear aligners, or removable appliances, we can create a healthy beautiful smile in the shortest period of time.
How will I look ?
There’s a social element to getting orthodontic treatment in adolescence. If you need braces, or clear aligners such as Invisalign, you’re not alone! Chances are most of your friends and classmates are getting their teeth straightened and many may come to our office. When it’s all done, you’ll have a smile that you can really be proud of, and the benefits that will last your whole life.
How Long Will I Wear Them?
There’s no one answer that fits everyone: It all depends on what we need to do in your individual situation. Generally, however, the active stage of orthodontic treatment lasts an between 18 and 24 months. Afterwards, you will wear a retainer to keep your teeth straight. The new smile we’ve worked together to create will be yours for a lifetime.
The Orthodontic Treatment Process
After we examine your teeth we will take pictures and certain X-ray’s of your jaws and teeth, and take a 3-D digital scan of your bite. No goopy impressions at our office. Then, we’ll develop a treatment plan which may involve regular or clear braces, a retainer, or a series of Invisalign clear trays. You may need to also wear elastics to help move the teeth.
Here are some of the most commonly used orthodontic appliances at our office:
1. Clear Aligners- Invisalign Teen is a series of removable, clear plastic trays that gradually straighten teeth as they’re worn (for 22 hours per day). They now come with special features — like compliance indicators to tell how often you’ve been wearing them — that make them appropriate for teens . The main advantage: they’re practically invisible!
2. Metal Braces need no introduction. But you might be surprised to find they’re smaller and lighter than ever. They may even offer some customized options, like colored elastic ties on the brackets.
3. Clear Braces feature brackets made of ceramic materials which blend in with your teeth, making them harder to notice than metal braces. They’re suitable in many situations, but may make treatment take a bit longer, and are susceptible to breakage.
4. Other orthodontic appliances such as retainers or expanders may be the best option to correct certain bite problems.