Adolescent Orthodontics

Glance through a junior high school yearbook, and you’re bound to see lots of faces with braces!

The most common time for orthodontic treatment usually begins between the ages of 10 and 14.  Before this age, if a complex orthodontic problem of the teeth or bite is detected, a Phase 1 treatment is often recommended, known as Early Treatment.   However, there are some orthodontic problems that are best treated in adolescence, where a secondary growth spurt can assist in the orthodontic correction.

The adolescent age is also a good time for orthodontic treatment because at this stage in life many of the negative associations children have of braces have not yet developed. Children that undergo orthodontic treatment around this age are often easily convinced to wear braces because they see many of their friends getting them as well.  Interestingly enough, Invisalign Teen has grown to be a very popular option amongst parents and teens looking for an alternative to braces, and teens have been very responsible in wearing them as directed!

Major benefits orthodontists have when working with adolescent children is that they are often able to take advantage of the growth spurts and rapid growth of the child and use it to help shape their bite and teeth correctly. Also, because children have such high metabolisms around this age, it can often help reduce the overall treatment time and discomfort of the orthodontic treatment.

At Marda Loop Braces, teens and kids can be themselves. Dr. Chen loves cracking jokes, knows all the latest movies, and can discuss orthodontic procedures and care in ways kids can understand. You’re always cool and special in Dr. Chen’s eyes! Schedule your complimentary consultation today.