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Teen Orthodontics

Let’s face it… if you’re a teenager, you’re busy. With school, sports, music lessons, and dating, you don’t have a lot of time for orthodontic visits. You may not be excited about wearing braces at all. But things have changed over the last several years. Today’s orthodontic appliances are sleeker and more streamlined than ever before. When you undergo teen orthodontics at our practice, you can attain your new beautiful smile and still have time for life’s demands.

Dr. Carl Roy and our team remember what it was like wearing braces. Better yet, we remember how much we loved our new smiles when our treatment was complete. At Roy Orthodontics, we are here to help you on your journey. Read on to learn more about what to expect during your treatment.

Teen Orthodontics Options

When it comes to teen orthodontics, we offer several treatment options for teen braces. These include:

  • Metal braces: Comprised of stainless steel components, metal braces use brackets, wires, and bands to gently move your teeth over time. You can even express your quirky personality with custom colored elastics! No need to worry about being uncomfortable, either. Today’s design is incredibly comfortable. Although it may take you a few days to get used to your new appliance, you’ll be back to normal life in no time.
  • Ceramic braces: Not interested in vibrant colors? Looking for an option that is less noticeable? Our ceramic braces work the same way as metal braces, but the brackets are clear and the wires are frosted so they blend in with your smile.
  • Invisalign® Teen: If you prefer a discreet option, Invisalign Teen could be the solution for you. This system doesn’t use metal or ceramic at all. Invisalign uses removable, clear plastic trays to gradually move your teeth into their desired positions. Keep in mind, though, this option may not be for you if your orthodontic issues are more complex. Dr. Roy can help you decide if this treatment will be beneficial.

At our practice, Dr. Carl Roy recommends treatment on a case-by-case basis. Most orthodontic patients begin treatment around the age of 11 or 12. However, in some cases, two-phase treatment – sometimes referred to as early orthodontics – can help correct issues before they progress. Therefore, while not every young patient will require early orthodontics, it is incredibly advantageous for those who can benefit from it. Here, we will explore a variety of procedures available in children’s orthodontics, and discuss the appropriate age to begin treatment.

At What Age Should I Bring My Child to the Orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends scheduling your child’s first orthodontic visit around the age of seven. Because several permanent teeth will have erupted by this age. Therefore, Dr. Roy can obtain a clear picture of your child’s bite, and determine if any treatment will be necessary.

At age seven, your child is still in the developmental stages. As a result, any skeletal abnormalities can be identified and addressed while the oral and maxillofacial bones are still growing. However if no treatment is required at this young age, Dr. Roy will simply continue to monitor your child’s bite as he or she grows. Then, he can begin treatment when it is the most beneficial.

Treatment Timeline

One of the most common questions regarding teen orthodontics is: “How long will I need to wear braces?” After all, you want to know how long you will have to wait for your gorgeous new smile. The truth is, it depends. There are several factors that go into a treatment plan, and every patient is different. Typically, the more complex your case is, the longer treatment will take. Average treatment time takes about 18 to 24 months. However, you may finish sooner – or need longer – depending on your specific situation. The good news is, we will be able to give you a timeline estimate at your initial visit.

The Importance of Oral Hygiene

Brushing and flossing is always important, but it’s even more crucial when you’re wearing braces. Food, debris, and plaque can accumulate around the bands and brackets. If these irritants are not removed on a regular basis, you will be more prone to cavities and gingivitis.

To maintain healthy teeth and gums while undergoing treatment, brush at least two times a day, and floss at least once a day. Flossing can be challenging when you have braces. You will need to use floss threaders or inter proximal brushes to clean hard-to-reach areas. Our team can help you develop an oral hygiene regimen that will work for you.

For More about teen orthodontics

Give us a call at our Virginia Beach or Chesapeake location. You can also contact us online anytime to schedule an appointment or for any question you may have about teen orthodontics.

Dr. Carl Roy
My sincere thanks to Dr. Roy and his team for showing me the way! My baby teeth had to be crowned for years since 2 of my adult teeth never came in. This was just one piece of the puzzle that needed figuring out. I’m proud of my smile and it shows every time I meet someone!- Liz

Roy Orthodontics Locations

Virginia Beach Location

4388 Holland Rd
Ste. 200
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
(757) 979-3647  

Chesapeake Location

220 Mount Pleasant Rd.,
Chesapeake, VA 23322
(757) 982-9517