Teens are experiencing many changes around them, including the forming of their smile. Crooked smiles can be the source of ridicule and impact your teen’s self confidence. Jon Moles, DDS, can help shape your teen’s smile to perfection, offering a host of orthodontic treatments for adolescents at the Frederick and Thurmont, Maryland, offices of the Village Orthodontist. If you and your teen are ready to learn about adolescent orthodontic treatment — such as clear braces or removable straightening aligners — call or use the online booking tool today and set up an appointment.
As your child enters their teen years, their growth and often high-sugar diets cause common structural problems, such as jaw misalignment, bad bites, and crooked teeth. These are the sorts of problems which become harder to treat with age, so it’s best to intervene early and begin working towards a healthier smile.
Adolescent treatment at the Village Orthodontist primarily consists of orthodontic solutions for these sorts of problems that leave your teen with a gleaming smile they’re proud of.
After an initial consultation, Dr. Moles takes photos and X-rays of your teen’s mouth to decide the most effective course of treatment. Some teens start with specialized orthodontic appliances — such as expanders — or they get braces right away.
Orthodontic treatments for adolescents include:
One of the most common treatment options is metal braces. They consist of small brackets attached to the front of their teeth with a wire running through them. Your teen can choose the color of the bands around the brackets based on personal preference.
These are structured the same way as regular metal braces, except the brackets are clear. Since these brackets are made out ceramic materials, they appear more subtle and sleek.
These clear aligners can be removed when you eat, brush, floss, and for special occasions. Your teen can expect to receive a customized series of aligners to gradually shift their teeth into optimal position, producing a beautiful smile.
There are many reasons to begin orthodontic treatment when your child enters adolescence. During the adolescent years — roughly from ages 11-15 — your child likely experiences rapid growth, higher metabolism levels, and increased self-consciousness.
All of these natural changes make this the ideal time to undergo orthodontic treatment, as it also shortens the treatment process. Whether your teen receives traditional braces or straightens their teeth with Invisalign, you can expect affordable and effective care that improves your teen’s oral health and confidence.
Teens spend most of their time in school, seeing their classmates and friends with braces who are well on their way to a straighter smile. This makes them excited to begin their orthodontic journey and share the experience with those around them.
To learn more about orthodontic treatment options for your teen, call or schedule them an appointment online today.