Our philosophy when straightening teeth in growing teenagers is first identifying why their teeth are misaligned, and then building treatment centred around fixing their primary issue. We do not remove healthy teeth as this camouflages more significant problems with their facial growth. Removing healthy teeth doesn't treat the cause of their dental crowding, and can worsen their primary issue. Dental crowding is a result of incomplete facial growth, and not to do with a teenager's teeth. To correct the symptom of dental crowding, we need to identify and treat their facial growth issue. Once we have produced ideal growth of your teenagers's jaw and face, there will be enough space in their mouth to make straightening their teeth a quicker and more straightforward process.
Here are the answers to the most common questions we get about teen's ortho. If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call or send an email.Contact.
Early diagnosis enables us to assess if your teen would benefit from future Orthodontic treatment, and when the ideal to start this would be. Starting Ortho treatment at the right time can simplify their treatment.
Difficulties with chewing and eating, forming certain words, obstructed breathing, exercise intolerance, snoring, bad sleeping patterns, poor concentration or academic performance, and jaw or facial disproportion.
Invisalign clear aligners uses a series of custom designed clear aligners, that gently guide teeth into their ideal position. They are very low maintenance, and can be removed for mealtimes and oral hygiene. They work just as well in teenagers as adult patients.
The length of treatment depends on what the issue is. Straightening a few crooked teeth can take only a matter of months, whereas more complex facial growth issues may take up to 12-24 months.
The answer is a definite yes. Keeping their teeth and gums clean during Orthodontic treatment is especially important, and we recommend regular dental care with our dentists or hygienists.