Orthodontics for Teens
Comprehensive Orthodontic Treatment
Comprehensive treatment is initiated once most or all of the permanent teeth have emerged in the mouth. Typically, comprehensive treatment involves braces on both the upper and lower teeth. In select cases, Invisalign® may be used instead of braces. In adolescents, comprehensive orthodontic treatment combined with jaw orthopedics aims to align the teeth, guide the growth and development of the jaws, and establish a proper bite.
These are some of the specific goals of comprehensive treatment:
- Improved self-confidence associated with a more attractive smile
- Improved function and comfort associated with a proper bite
- Ideal alignment to improve cleansibility of the teeth
- Less stress / strain on jaw joints (TMJs) and facial muscles
- Improved distribution of forces on the teeth which leads to less abnormal wear of tooth surfaces
The length of comprehensive treatment depends on the severity of the problem. If the front teeth have minor crowding or spacing but the back teeth fit together properly, treatment may take as little as 9 - 12 months. By contrast, treatment to correct moderate to severe crowding or spacing or an improper bite typically takes between 18 - 24 months. In some cases, treatment may extend beyond 24 months.
FAQ's from Teens
Yes, you can play contact sports BUT you must ask us for a mouthguard.
Brace treatment takes an average 18 months. There are cases that complete in 6 months, others in excess of 2 years. If it takes a REALLY long time, there could be cooperation issues like not wearing your elastics.
Braces are available in metal-usually surgical grade stainless steel-and ceramic (the clear ones). There are hundreds of different brace types on the market. You will be fitted with what we feel are the best brace available. Also remember that we may choose a different brace to what's on your mate because it suits your condition better.
There are so many people out there with braces on that you'll just be one of the crowd. Brothers and sisters are the ones most likely to give you grief but they soon tire and get over it.
There are plenty of reasons to get braces, the most important is that treatment is faster and better when completed on a young and growing patient. Other factors include everyone you know has braces at your age so it's easier to be one of the crowd rather than dealing with it when you are older; your teeth usually get more crowded with age so if you think it's minor now, things will probably worsen; when your young your folks pay for it-they may not be as generous when you are older!
No, Braces should not interfere with the way you speak or the sound of your voice. Certain appliances have a minor effect on your voice however the tongue gets conditioned to these appliances quickly and speech returns to normal after a few days.
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