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:
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.
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.
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