Braces for Your Teen
The teen years mark a time in life when so many changes are taking place. Braces are often one of these changes and have become a rite of passage for teens. It is more than just a coincidence that so many teenagers wear braces, as these years are actually the most ideal time for orthodontic treatment.
Why Orthodontic Treatment is Ideal for Teenagers
There are several reasons why adolescence is the ideal time for orthodontic treatment. For starters, by the time a child is between 11 and 13 years of age, most of the permanent teeth have erupted and are in place. This is when an orthodontist can easily detect crooked teeth, spaces between teeth and bad bites.
Some people falsely believe that young people will “outgrow” orthodontic problems. But the fact is that orthodontic problems cannot correct themselves with time. It is far easier to treat orthodontic problems while the body is still growing as opposed to waiting until adulthood. The facial bones and jaw are fully developed in adults, which make correcting orthodontic problems more challenging, time-consuming and costly.
The Social Aspect of Adolescent Treatment
There is even a social aspect associated with undergoing orthodontic treatment during the teen years. Because there are so many young people wearing braces, children in treatment are usually not alone, as they often will have classmates, friends, teammates and relatives also going through treatment. In fact, wearing braces is something many kids think is cool!
How The Process of Getting Braces Works
At the office of Dr. Niles, we want you to fully understand your child’s orthodontic needs, what your options are and what to expect during the process. We offer a free consultation so you can meet Dr. Niles and the team, understand the process of orthodontic treatment and visit our office. We take the time during the first three appointments to ensure the best treatment for your child and to help you understand all of the information.
- First visit: Thorough examination and discussion
- Second visit: Records, photos and impressions
- Third visit: A more in depth consultation to discuss treatment options in more detail, payment options and any questions you may have
How Long Treatment Lasts
There is no specific time frame for how long orthodontic treatment lasts because every patient is unique and has his/her own needs. Some people wear braces for just 6 months while others are in treatment for 30 months, so it varies from one person to the next. Once the treatment process is complete and the braces come off, the retention stage of treatment begins. This is when a retainer must be worn for another period of time in order to hold the teeth in their new positions.
Contact Dr. Niles Orthodontics
Dr. Gordon Niles, your local Brighton orthodontist, has been providing braces for teens in Livingston County since 1976. He is focused on providing each patient with individualized treatment in our friendly and comfortable office environment. If you would like to schedule an appointment for your child, please contact us to set up an appointment time. We look forward to meeting you soon!