Orthodontics for Teens
For teens, appearances are important. Whether they are going to school, hanging out with friends, or they have a date, looks matter. Moreover, with social media, there is a good chance that your teen will be taking many pictures. If your teen has crooked teeth, however, they may be embarrassed by their smile, and do everything they can to hide it. Not only do crooked teeth affect the quality of their smile, but hiding their smile also affects their appearance. At First Impressions Orthodontics for Children & Adults, we can help to improve the quality of their smile and boost their confidence, with orthodontic treatment.
What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a dental specialty that deals with correcting the alignment of the teeth and jaws. Crooked teeth can significantly impact the quality of the smile. Crooked teeth can also significantly impact oral health. If your teen has misaligned teeth, oral care is more difficult, leaving them prone to cavities and gum disease. Uneven bite pressures can lead to jaw pain, temporomandibular joint pain, and even pain in the neck, shoulders, and back. By correcting the alignment of the teeth, we can help your teen to achieve a healthier, more pleasing smile.
Does My Teen Need Orthodontic Treatment?
There are many reasons why your teen may need orthodontic treatment, including:
When Should My Teen Get Braces?
Anyone can get braces. However, the ideal time to undergo orthodontic treatment is in the early adolescent years, typically between 11 and 13. Braces are recommended after the last of the adult teeth, except for the wisdom teeth, have fully erupted. At this age, the jaw is still growing and developing as well, meaning that the teeth can be moved more easily.
Options for Orthodontic Treatment
There are several options available for orthodontic treatment. These options include:
Following orthodontic treatment, your teen will be able to smile confidently. In addition to improving their smile, treatment also helps to improve their oral health and their overall quality of life. For more information, and to schedule an appointment, call First Impressions Orthodontics for Children & Adults today at (203) 307-0996.