Teenager Orthodontic Treatment
The image of a teenager with a mouth full of metal is ubiquitous, but these days, teenagers can straighten their teeth without metal braces. Advances in orthodontic care like Invisalign and lingual braces mean that teenagers can get a beautiful, well-aligned mouth without metal on the front of the teeth.
Orthodontic treatment can begin as early as the age of 9 or 10, but it’s not uncommon for parents to bring their teenager in for treatment in middle school or high school. At this age, the orthodontic issues that began at the age of 7 or 8 are now more prominent and noticeable. We recommend that parents bring their children in at around the age of 7 for an orthodontic examination, as it’s much easier to treat a younger patient. But for parents who are just now noticing problems with their older children, it’s never too late.
Teenagers generally respond more favorably to orthodontic intervention than adults, as their mouths are still growing. As we age, the bones inside the mouth (like the palate) fuse into place; younger patients have more flexibility inside the mouth that makes orthodontic treatment a little easier. If you notice orthodontic problems with your teenager, it’s easier to fix it now than wait until later.
Teenagers also have special needs when it comes to orthodontic treatment. Teens may be more sensitive to the aesthetic impact of braces than adults, but they may also be less responsible for complying with a treatment plan than older people. In any event, your Coral Gables cosmetic dentist or orthodontist can help you find the right treatment option for your teenager.
We invite you to call the best cosmetic dentist in Coral Gables to discuss orthodontic treatment for your teenager. We work with an amazing orthodontist who can provide our patients with many different options, including Invisalign.