Teen Orthodontics

Teen Orthodontics

What are the benefits of orthodontic treatment for teens?

Braces can help teens improve their self-confidence by giving them a straighter, healthier-looking smile. Orthodontic treatment can also help teens avoid potential oral health issues by correcting crooked teeth that may be difficult to clean and maintain. Braces provide improved facial symmetry and can help alleviate overbites, underbites, and other misalignment problems.

Teen orthodontics can offer many benefits, including:

  • Improved oral health: Straighter teeth are easier to clean and maintain, which can reduce the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems.
  • Preventing tooth trauma: Straight teeth don’t just look nice, they reduce the risk of wear and tear, chipping and tooth trauma. If left untreated, teeth in trauma are at a much higher risk of breaking and requiring expensive dental work, such as dental crowns, root canals, extraction and/or implants.
  • Enhanced appearance: Teen orthodontics can improve the appearance of a smile, which can boost self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • Better jaw alignment: Orthodontic treatment can correct bite problems, such as overbite or underbite, which can improve jaw alignment.
  • Speech improvement: Orthodontic treatment, combined with speech therapy, can correct certain speech problems caused by misaligned teeth or jaws
  • Reduced risk of injury: Protruding teeth or a misaligned bite can increase the risk of dental injuries, especially in active teens who participate in sports or other physical activities.
  • Improved digestion: Properly aligned teeth can improve chewing function, which can aid in digestion.

Overall, teen orthodontics can help improve both oral health and overall well-being, as well as boost self-esteem and confidence.

There are several signs that may indicate that your teenager needs orthodontic treatment. Some of these signs include:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Crowded or crooked teeth
  • Bite problems
  • Speech problems
  • Difficulty chewing or biting
  • Mouth breathing
  • Jaw pain or popping
  • Self-consciousness about their smile

Treatment doesn’t have to be noticeable.

Advances in orthodontics have made treatment more comfortable and less noticeable than ever. Many of today’s treatment options are designed to minimize the appearance of the appliance to better fit any lifestyle.

Options include Invisalign, tooth-colored braces, tiny but more traditional metal braces, and braces that go behind the teeth.

Because not every appliance is suitable for every kind of orthodontic problem, Dr. Berger will determine which appliance will achieve the best result in your teenager’s case.