Orthodontics for Teens
Adolescents face increasing social awareness or expectation due to the dominating force of social media. While achieving a beautiful smile is a driving factor for those seeking orthodontic treatment, it is essential that we help build confidence and self-worth for our young patients, for a true endless smile comes from within. We are equipped to help them prepare for a lifetime of beautiful esthetics and proper tooth function with early consultations, preventive treatment and comprehensive plans.
We offer both traditional braces and clear removable Invisalign aligners specifically designed for teens. During your free consultation you can discuss what is the right option for you and your child.
A number of studies have confirmed that a protruding, irregular or nonfunctioning bite can cause at least three types of problems for teens. The first is discrimination because of facial appearance, secondly, problems with oral function, including muscle incoordination or pain, and finally temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD). These problems are not just cosmetic. They have tremendous effect on the quality of life.
Teen orthodontics guide the teeth and jaws into an “ideal” position before and even through the adolescent growth phase to intercept problems such as crowded teeth, congenitally missing adult teeth, delayed eruption of adult teeth, spaces between the teeth, and excessive overbite. Timing of orthodontic treatment is crucial. If problems are found early and taken care of, the permanent teeth and jaws have a better chance of working together in harmony.
The Smile Island Pediatric & Adult Dental Group team works hand in hand with our board-certified pediatric dentists to discover the right pathway and timing for each individual teen patient. We also work with general dentists and other specialists for a well-rounded approach to orthodontic care.
Well aligned teeth and a pleasing smile carry positive status at all social levels and ages. We want all teens to have the advantage of a straight and beautiful smile, free of pain and problems.