Once most of the permanent teeth have erupted and are in place, crooked teeth, gaps, and bad bites can easily be detected. These problems will hardly ever correct themselves, so this is when most parents decide to seek orthodontic treatment.
This is also a good time for orthodontic treatment because many negative associations of braces are not present. Many children in this age range undergo orthodontic treatment and enjoy wearing braces because they see their friends wearing them too, and want to fit in.
Besides the benefits of fitting in with their friends, children at this age are growing rapidly, and orthodontists can usually take advantage of these growth spurts to help shape the bite and teeth correctly. And children at this age have high metabolisms, which can help shorten overall treatment time and reduce the discomfort of orthodontic treatment.
Your teen's smile plays an integral role in their appearance. Crooked teeth can significantly impact their overall appearance. At Eastside Orthodontics, we have the solution your teen needs to obtain the smile they love. Common orthodontic treatment for adolescents may include metal braces, clear braces, and clear aligners.