If you’re the parent of a teenager, you might be wondering about the ins and outs of orthodontic treatment. We’re here to help you navigate it by answering the question, “Why should teens get treatment?” In this blog, we will explore why often considered the ideal time for orthodontic treatment are the teenage years, the benefits your teen can gain from it, and the variety of treatment options we offer at Beim Orthodontics.
#1: Why are teens, excellent orthodontic candidates?
Great question! While there’s no best age to get treatment, the teenage years are generally the most commonly recommended time to get orthodontic treatment, and there are a couple of reasons why. Biologically, the jaws of teens are still growing, which means we can guide their development to correct the bite and target issues with teeth alignment. Because of this, orthodontic treatment can often be more straightforward in teens than in adults. Plus, we can address any challenges or complications that could worsen over time early and prevent more severe issues. Because treatment in teens is usually less complex and less invasive, making it less expensive, quicker, and more comfortable, you and your teen will save money and time while avoiding unnecessary discomfort.
Though the number of adult orthodontic patients is growing, it is still more prevalent in younger age groups, so socially, teens can find comfort in the fact that braces are standard among their peers. Seeing a sea of braces in a high school hallway is not unusual! Their friends and peers can share their experiences, encourage them, and show them braces aren’t so bad. These connections can make the process less daunting and more like a shared experience.
#2: What are the benefits of getting orthodontic treatment as a teen?
Orthodontic treatment during the teenage years comes with a host of benefits. Let’s dive into some of them!
The most obvious benefit is the creation of a beautiful, confident smile, but straight teeth not only look great; they contribute to better oral health. Overcrowded or overly spaced-out teeth can grind and rub against each other, wearing down the enamel and leaving your teen vulnerable to bacteria, plaque, and tartar. Because straight teeth are easier to clean, your teen will have a reduced risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Your teen is also better protected against physical damage or trauma to the mouth and less likely to develop bruxism or grind their teeth when correctly aligned.
A well-aligned bite can prevent issues like jaw pain, difficulty chewing, and challenges breathing. Jaw pain can come from abnormal tension or pressure on the jaw due to the placement of the jaw or misaligned teeth. If left untreated, this can develop into TMD, an incurable condition in the jaw joint. Teens with difficulty chewing can have an increased risk of choking and indigestion, and those who struggle to breathe correctly can suffer from mouth breathing or sleeping disorders.
But the benefits go beyond just the physical. A smile your teen is proud to show off can do wonders for their self-esteem. This can be particularly impactful during the teenage years when self-image is often a big focus and sometimes associated with self-worth. Orthodontic treatment can help teens feel more confident in their appearance, positively impacting their social life, school performance, and overall happiness.
#3: What are the treatment options for my teen?
At Beim Orthodontics, we know that one size does not fit all when it comes to orthodontic treatment. That’s why we proudly offer three treatment options!
- Damon Self-Ligating Braces. — A modern twist on traditional braces, they use a slide mechanism to hold the wire (eliminating the need for colorful ligatures). Self-ligation braces reduce overall treatment time and require fewer adjustments than braces with ligatures. Damon braces are also more comfortable, durable, discreet, and efficient than other braces available elsewhere. Your teen will have a pleasant experience that finishes in no time!
- Clear Braces. — These braces are almost identical to traditional braces. They use brackets, wires, and ligatures to move the teeth into the desired position. The difference? Instead of shiny metal brackets, they use brackets made of tooth-colored ceramic to blend in with the teeth. These are great for older teens who prefer a low-key look.
- Clear Aligners. — For teens who want a look even more low-key than clear braces, we offer Ormco Spark. These options are virtually invisible, removable, and custom-made for your teen’s teeth, giving your teen freedom and ultra-personalized appliances.
Each treatment option has pros and cons, and which is best for your teen depends on their needs, goals, and lifestyle. Dr. Beim will help determine which suits your teen and create a personalized treatment program unique to them for the quickest, safest treatment and most flattering results.
#4: Where is the best place for my teen to get braces in Lake Mary? Beim Orthodontics, of course!
Since opening Beim Orthodontics in 1990, Dr. Beim has seen and fixed it all. You can feel confident that your teen is in capable hands. He is passionate about transforming not only the smiles but the lives of his patients. He loves getting to know the members of his community, too, and can’t wait to work with you and your family. Schedule your teen’s free consultation today to discover if they qualify for treatment! You can also call us if you have any preliminary questions!