Orthodontics for Teens
Orthodontic treatment is most commonly started between the ages of 12 and 16 because most permanent teeth have grown in by this time. Spacing, crowding, and issues with the bite and tooth alignment are easily detected at this point.
Some kids and teens may have already completed Phase 1 treatment at an earlier age, and now may be the time to follow-up with full braces or other orthodontic treatment.
This is also the age when children develop a heightened awareness of themselves, their appearance, and their relationships with friends. Building self-confidence and balancing individuality with “fitting-in” often take up a large part of a teen’s life during this period.
If your teenager has spacing, crooked, or protruding teeth, he or she may feel self-conscious and hide the smile. Your teen may also be very concerned with how he or she is perceived and treated by peers. Confidence and positive self-esteem can help your son or daughter achieve success through their education, and social and future career goals.
Beyond outward appearance, crooked or crowded teeth or a misaligned jaw can have lasting impacts on a teenager’s future oral and whole-body health.