Porth Aligners, Invisalign, or Braces for Teens

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Orthodontic treatment can be necessary and beneficial at any age, however it is most prevalent for kids in their teenage years. One reason for this is that adolescents are growing so much, it is a great time to move the teeth and jaw into their ideal position. Navigating the treatment can be a challenge, and so we’ve created a guide to give patients and their families a better understanding of what wearing braces entails as a teen.

All of the adult teeth are out between ages 11 and 14 years old, and teeth move more easily at this age than in adulthood. This makes adolescence a great time to start orthodontic care in order to improve the smile and align the teeth. Additionally, orthodontic care at this age can utilize the natural growth to correct skeletal issues. Skeletal changes in adults is often feasible through a surgical approach.

When should my teen get treatment?

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends parents take their child to the orthodontist for an early evaluation as young as 7 years old; however, this is only to check if the child may need early orthodontics.

Chronological age and dental age don’t often match, which means that a child’s age may not be correctly reflected in the progress and growth of their teeth. It is important to know that you don’t have to wait for all the adult teeth to be present to see an orthodontist. A consultation doesn’t hurt, especially considering they are often complimentary. Nonetheless, most orthodontists will wait until all of the adult teeth are present to start treatment, so long as there is no major issue that warrants early treatment.

In most cases parents typically schedule a consultation with the orthodontist for their child between the ages of 10 and 14 when the jaw and bones are still developing. Older kids (teenagers) are still great candidates for braces, but skeletal changes in young adults may require a surgical approach.

Why are braces important?

Orthodontic treatment has numerous benefits. Not only can it improve the appearance of your smile, it can have a major impact on your long term dental health. In fact, patients who undergo orthodontic treatment are more likely to have better dental hygiene because it’s easier to clean teeth that are correctly aligned. Orthodontics can also prevent problems that arise from an incorrect bite, such as heavy wear on the teeth.

What options do teens have for braces?

When it comes to orthodontics, there is no “one-size-fits-all” mentality. Every patient has unique needs and circumstances that need to be catered to by their orthodontist. At Porth, we believe in educating our patients and explaining the pros and cons of each appliances. Our patient choose their appliance of interest. We offer personalized orthodontic care.

Clear Aligners (like Invisalign)

Clear Aligners

Clear aligner therapy with Porth aligners or Invisalign is a great choice for teens who are not interested in metal or clear braces. Most of these patient commit to wear their aligners around 22 hours a day. At Porth, losing your aligner is not an issue. We can immediately replace them for you.

Conventional Metal Braces

Conventional Metal Braces

Traditional braces are probably one of the most popular orthodontic appliances available for teens. They can fix crooked teeth, protruding teeth, crossbites, underbites, overbites, gaps, crowding, and other problems. Pros of traditional braces are having the option to get color ties around them. The appliances are fixed on the teeth so limited to no compliance is involved. Disadvantage of fixed metal braces is challenges associated with cleaning them and some food restriction to prevent breakage. Most of our patients at Porth quickly learn how to take care of their braces.

Esthetic Braces

Esthetic Braces

These braces are made of ceramic which make them less visible. Color ties and patterns on these braces add another level of excitement to each adjustment visit. Think of choosing holiday colors or another theme!

Gold Braces

Gold Braces

This option is for teenagers who prefer the look of gold in their fashion. Dr. Rooz offers low profile gold braces that can also be decorated with various colors at each adjustment appointment.

How long is the treatment time?

Adult teeth and bones are often more rigid and difficult to move because they are done growing. For this reason, traditional braces for teens may take less time to see results than they would for adults. Treatment time is usually between 12 months to 2.5 years for teens, but it really depends on the patient. Severely misaligned teeth or bite problems could take more time. Accidents or improper handling of the orthodontic appliance could also extend the treatment.

Are there any lifestyle to take into consideration with braces?

One exception that could prompt teens to avoid regular braces is if they play sports. Traditional braces can easily get damaged during contact sports like hockey, football, basketball, etc, so patients may opt for clear aligners. It’s also more difficult to fit a mouthguard and other protective gear over traditional braces compared to placing them over a clear aligner.

Many of our teen patients are concerned with the way their braces look. Adolescence is often a time when teens feel the most pressure to fit in and focus on their appearance for their peers. They may feel extra self conscious with braces, especially during school, interviews, presentations, and social activities. If anxiety a serious issue for your teen, they may want to check out clear aligners as well or lingual braces. Otherwise, remind them that the long-term benefits of braces will absolutely outweigh the short term discomfort of having them.

Financial information (Orthodontic treatment cost)

Braces for kids cost less than comprehensive orthodontic treatment for teens or adults. We also provide significant discount for our patients who continue their care for the second round of braces or Invisalign at our clinic. Additionally. Porth works with you to maximize your insurance benefits. Dr. Rooz is an in-network provider for some plans. We also submit claims on behalf of our patients for the majority of insurance providers.

We believe that orthodontic treatment should be tailored based on the patient’s financial needs. Porth offers numerous payment plans in order to eliminate any potential hardship with financial aspects of orthodontic care.

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As you can see, there are some important considerations to make when choosing braces for teens, but the right choice ultimately depends on the individual. Every patient is unique and deserves special attention throughout the process, so they can achieve the best results and experience possible.

At Porth Personalized Orthodontics, our orthodontist, Dr. Rooz, can help you make a decision about the best option for you and your lifestyle. Finding the right braces and orthodontist to administer your orthodontic treatment can do a world of difference for your smile and we hope we can do just that!