Orthodontics for Teenagers
When should my teen start braces treatment?
Braces are usually started when most permanent teeth has grown in. Children begin to lose baby teeth around age 6. Around age 13, most children have 28 of their permanent teeth. Wisdom teeth or third molars normally appear in the late teen years or even around early 20s.
If you child has few permanent teeth, this is known as congenitally missing teeth. If they have extra teeth, it is called supernumerary teeth that can occur. Parents may bring their children to have an orthdoontic checkup as early as aged 7 as recommended by the American Dental Assocation of Orthodontist (AAO). It is never too late to bring your child for an orthodontic checkup you suspect any orthodontic problems. Most children start orthodontic treatment between the ages of 9 and 16 when their jaw bones and teeth are still growing.
Age may not be the determining factor that your orthodontist decides when is an appropriate time for orthodontic treatment. Timing for treatment is based on individual growth and concern oral condition.
Treatments for teen orthodontics
Having orthodontic treatment as during adolescence is an ideal time because it takes advantage of the rapid changes and growth as the body prepares for adulthood. For many cases, orthodontics braces done at this stage can shorten treatment time. Teen braces may be done for oral health, airway, functionality or cosmetic reasons.
It is good to treat oral health issues during teenager years before they become painful, embarrassing, or problematic as this is the period you can sets up your child for better oral health for the rest of their lives.
Types of teen braces
At an adolescent age, our child may be more conscious of their appearance than younger children. Based on your teen’s lifestyle, they can opt for any of the various types of braces. Many opt for self-ligating appliances using damon braces or 3M clarity that are commonly known as speed braces.