The most common time for orthodontics for teens around Hamden is between the ages of 12 and 16 because most permanent teeth will be in place.
Fortunately, at Elm Tree Orthodontics, we offer solutions to make the treatment process much easier than ever before.
Signs Your Teen Needs Treatment
Experienced orthodontists like Dr. Desai will be able to easily recognize issues with spacing, crowding, bite, and alignment in this age range, Your teen’s bone and jaw structure are formed enough to allow orthodontic treatment to begin.
Some teens may have even started Phase I treatment at an earlier age, and are now following it up with full braces or other orthodontic treatment.
Beyond outward appearances, untreated dental problems can have a lasting impact on your teen’s oral and overall health.
If you notice any of the following issues, we recommend a complimentary consultation with Dr. Desai at Elm Tree Orthodontics, as they could be signs your teen may benefit from orthodontic treatment.
- Early, late, or irregular loss of their baby teeth
- Difficulty with chewing or biting
- Crowding or extra spacing between teeth
- Jaws that shift or make sounds
- Frequent biting of the cheek or the inside of the mouth
- Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all
- Jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face
- Protrusion of teeth
Diagnosing and successfully treating certain bite problems can have short-term and long-term benefits. Problems classified as “bad bites” can often be minimized with the proper orthodontic treatment, including:
- Crooked or crowded teeth
- Missing or extra teeth
- An overbite or underbite
- Incorrect jaw position
- A disorder of the jaw joint
Benefits of a Straight Smile
Straight teeth that respond well to orthodontic treatment have many benefits, including:
- Being less prone to wear and tear, chipping, and tooth trauma
- Being easier to keep clean, helping to prevent tooth decay and cavities
- Reducing the chances of developing gum disease, which can result in bone loss, decay, and tooth loss
- Improving proper chewing and digestion of food
The Treatment Process
While creating a customized treatment plan for your teen, we might recommend an orthodontic appliance.
Here at Elm Tree Orthodontics, we offer:
Braces have come a very long way, even within the past decade. When many people think of braces, they think of extremely bulky metal brackets.
We don't use this type of bulky orthodontic appliance, and many of the new braces are lighter and more comfortable than ever before.
The Invisalign and Spark aligner systems are made up of a series of fully customized, clear trays called aligners, and they’re nearly invisible and totally removable.
Made of soft plastic, Invisalign and Spark aligners provide a more comfortable orthodontic experience, with no friction or abrasions inside your teen’s mouth.
Each week your teen will switch their aligner for the next in the set as directed by Dr. Desai. When worn the recommended 20-22 hours per day, your teen’s teeth will gradually move into the desired positions.
Invisalign works best for mild to moderate orthodontic issues, and may not be an option if your teen needs more serious treatment at Elm Tree Orthodontics.
Make an Investment in Your Teen’s Smile Today
Orthodontic treatment at Elm Tree Orthodontics is an investment in your child’s future. By scheduling a free consultation, Dr. Desai will be happy to discuss the benefits of treatment with both of you, as well as any of the risks of delaying or skipping orthodontic treatment.
Although adults can complete orthodontic treatment too, your teen’s teeth and jaws will respond faster to braces, shortening their total treatment time at our office in Hamden.