For many patients, the optimum time for braces is during the teenage years after all the permanent teeth have come in and when they are old enough to practice excellent dental hygiene. Their jaw is also still growing, meaning it is easier to realign.
OPTIMAL AGE FOR ORTHODONTICS
Between the ages of 12 to 14, most of a child’s permanent teeth have fully erupted, revealing issues such as unsightly gaps or crowding, protruding teeth, jaw misalignment and malocclusion.
Teens are naturally concerned about their smile, especially as they move towards greater independence and begin to establish their own identity and goals. The right orthodontic care can impact your child’s self-esteem and overall health. Crowded or misaligned teeth are also harder to care for and can increase the chance of trapped food particles, leading to tooth decay. Believe it or not, crowded teeth also carry a greater risk for gum disease later in life.
- Wide spaces between teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Misaligned jaw
A Properly Aligned Smile
A properly aligned smile offers benefits such as:
- Lower risk of cracking and chipping
- Easier to clean and care for, reducing cavities and the chance of gum disease
- Increased nutrition by being able to eat and properly chew healthy foods and whole foods
- Increase tooth retention by reducing chewing stress on teeth
- Less chance of serious bone loss
- Decreased incidence of headaches and jaw pain caused by TMJ
THE CLEAR ALTERNATIVE TO BRACES
Did you know that Invisalign Teen® offers the same effective treatment for teens as it does for adults? Using a series of custom designed and virtually invisible clear aligners, your child’s teeth are precisely aligned to their proper locations. The durable custom aligners are strong enough to last, yet gentle enough to provide just the right amount of force needed to gently ease teeth into their ideal alignment, creating a beautiful, lasting smile.
Can’t make it to our office? Check out our Virtual Consult option!