The teen years are the perfect time for a specialist orthodontist to treat any problems with the alignment of teeth and jaws.
Between the ages of 12 and 18 is the ideal time for treatment because, by age 12, all adult teeth should have come through and be in place. Once all teeth are in place, any problems such as gaps, crooked teeth or a bad bite can be detected.
Since these problems rarely correct themselves, between 12 and 18 is the time the majority of patients undergo orthodontic treatment.
Why you want straighter teeth at a younger age
Straighter teeth look better and are easier to clean. And teeth which are cleaned properly and regularly tend to last longer. Straightening teeth at a younger age can also result in faster treatment time because the jaws are still developing and are more mouldable.
Braces for teens: modern orthodontic options for teenagers
In the last 20 years, the advancements in orthodontics have been such that bulky braces are a thing of the past. Traditional metal braces are still the most trusted form of orthodontic treatment and are now less bulky than ever.
There are also newer orthodontic options such Damon braces, Damon clear aligners and Invisalign for teens. These orthodontic options offer teenagers the choice of discreet orthodontics to suit their needs.
If you would like to know more or to book an appointment at saacks orthodontics, please contact us today.