Greater than half of all orthodontic patients are teenagers between the ages of 12 to 17 years. At this stage of development, most of their permanent teeth have already erupted. Any problems with the alignment of the teeth, issues with the bite, as well as discrepancies in jaw relationships are readily detectable. Malocclusions can predispose teens to TMJ issues, headaches, and dental disease.
The teenage years are typically a time of significant physical and emotional development. In addition to acquiring a more adult appearance, teens are developing a heightened sense of self-awareness, building self-confidence, and investing more in peer relationships. Having an attractive smile can positively impact their self-image as well as their self-esteem. This makes the teenage years an excellent time for orthodontic care.
Helping your teen to achieve a well-aligned, more pleasing, and healthier smile means making a commitment to orthodontic care. Although orthodontic treatment involves wearing some type of appliances and takes time, the ultimate reward of a beautiful smile is well worth the effort.
The good news is, thanks to advances in modern orthodontics, today’s image conscious teens can choose from a wide selection of appliances that are far less bulky, much less noticeable, and more comfortable than ever before.