Teen Orthodontic Treatment
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 bite and alignment are easily detected by this time. Some kids and teens may have already begun 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 where your child develops a heightened awareness of themselves, their appearance, and their relationships with friends. Building self-confidence and balancing individuality with “fitting in” often takes up a large part of your teen’s life during this period of time.
If your teenager has spacing, crooked, or protruding teeth, they may feel self-conscious and hide their smile. They may also be very concerned with how they may be perceived and treated by their peers. Confidence and positive self-esteem can help your teen be successful through their education, social and future career goals.
Beyond outward appearance, crooked or crowded teeth or a misaligned jaw can also have lasting impacts on your teenager’s future oral and whole body health.