Invest in Your Teen
The teen years (between the ages of 12 and 16) are the most common time for orthodontic treatment because most permanent teeth are in place.
Luckily, some new solutions work to make the treatment process much easier than ever before.
All About Teen Orthodontics
This is a great age range for experienced orthodontists like Dr. Humphrey to easily recognize spacing issues, crowding, and bite and alignment problems. Your teen’s bone and jaw structure are formed enough to allow orthodontic treatment to begin.
Some teens may have even started Phase I treatment at an earlier age and are now following it up with full braces or other orthodontic treatment.
Choose Your Look
While creating a customized treatment plan for your teen, we might recommend an orthodontic appliance.
Here at Humphrey Orthodontics, we offer:
Braces have come a very long way, even within the past decade. When many people think of braces, they think of extremely bulky metal brackets.
The good news is that we don't use this type of bulky orthodontic appliance. Many of the new braces we offer at Humphrey Orthodontics are lighter and more comfortable than ever before.
These gold-color brackets are tough as metal braces and as subtle as ceramic braces.
The discreet color blends in beautifully with your smile.
Also known as clear braces, these work the same way metal braces do but feature brackets made of tooth-colored ceramic materials.
They blend in with your teen’s smile, so they’re much less obvious. Since ceramic braces may break slightly easier, and are a little more expensive than metal braces, they may not be best for everyone.
The Invisalign system is made up of a series of fully customized, clear trays called aligners. These aligners are nearly invisible and totally removable.
Made of soft plastic, the aligners provide a more comfortable orthodontic experience, with no friction or abrasions inside your teen’s mouth.
Each week your teen will switch their aligner for the next in the set. When your teen wears the aligners for the recommended 20-22 hours per day, their teeth will gradually move into the desired positions.
Invisalign works best for mild to moderate orthodontic issues, and may not be an option if your teen needs more severe correction.
Benefits of a Straight Smile
Straight teeth that respond well to orthodontic treatment have many benefits, including:
- Less prone to wear and tear, chipping, and tooth trauma
- Easier to keep clean, helping to prevent tooth decay and cavities
- Improving proper chewing and digestion of food
- Reducing the chances of developing gum disease, which can result in bone loss, decay, and tooth loss
Diagnosing and successfully treating certain bite problems can have short-term and long-term benefits.
Problems classified as “bad bites” can often be minimized with the proper orthodontic treatment, including:
- Missing or extra teeth
- Crooked or crowded teeth
- Incorrect jaw position
- An overbite or underbite
- A disorder of the jaw joint
FAQs About Teen Orthodontics
Make an Investment in Your Teen’s Smile Today
Orthodontic treatment is an investment in your child’s future. By scheduling a free consultation, Dr. Humphrey will be happy to discuss the benefits of treatment with both of you, as well as any of the risks with putting off or skipping treatment.
Although adults can successfully complete orthodontic treatment, a teen’s jaws and teeth can respond quicker to orthodontic treatment, shortening their total treatment time.