Between the ages of 11 and 15 is the most common time for orthodontic treatment, and for good reasons. By 12, most if not all of the permanent teeth have erupted and are in place, and crooked teeth, gaps, and bad bites can easily be detected. These problems will hardly ever correct themselves, so this is when most parents decide to seek orthodontic treatment.
This is also a good time for orthodontic treatment because many negative associations of
are not present. Many children in this age range undergo orthodontic treatment, and children are very often excited to wear braces because they see their friends wearing them, too, and want to fit in.
Besides the benefits of fitting in with their friends, children at this age are actively growing and have high metabolisms, which can help shorten overall treatment time and reduce the discomfort of orthodontic treatment.
Contact our office for an initial complimentary consultation and exam, and we will be able to determine the best timer fo the treatment and outline: the treatment plan, the treatment duration expected, and the approximate cost for the treatment.
Types Of Braces For Teens
- Metal Braces — Metal braces are the most familiar and most common type of braces. At Reynolds Orthodontics, we use unique self-ligating brackets with built-in clips with sliding door technology to hold the wires to the brackets rather than rubber bands. Because self-ligating braces do away with elastic bands, adjustment appointments tend to be shorter and less frequent. Many patients also say that these brackets are more comfortable than traditional brackets.
- Ceramic Braces — For patients looking for a more discreet alternative to metal braces, we also offer ceramic braces. Made from a tooth-colored ceramic material that blends in with your natural smile, these braces are much harder to notice, especially in photos! Ceramic braces function in the same way as metal braces and are found to be just as effective.
Caring For Your Braces
The best way to ensure a clean and healthy smile is by brushing and flossing. Food particles can accumulate on teeth and in braces, and over time, turn into plaque. The bacteria that results from this accumulation can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and even loss of teeth. To avoid these problems while you are in orthodontic treatment, take special care of your braces, teeth, and gums to ensure you will have the best possible result.