At Altera Orthodontics, we are sympathetic to the needs of our teen patients who already have a lot of experience to juggle. Teens are in a process of developing awareness of themselves and how this impacts their appearances and how they relate to others. Many teens become worried about how their looks may negatively impact how they are perceived and treated by their peers. A healthy straight smile can alleviate some of these feelings and help set up your teen for a bright and successful future.
The ideal age for braces is typically 12-16 years of age which is characterized by an absence of baby teeth and most of the permanent teeth have erupted. The main orthodontic issues such as gaps, crowding, and bite/alignment issues are identified with ease at this age. The body is still developing which will facilitate treatment.
Improving aesthetics is usually the main concern of your teen but it’s also important to recognize that misaligned teeth and jaws can negatively impact your teen’s oral and general health. Teeth that are properly aligned are:
- Easier to keep clean, effectively preventing cavities and gum disease
- Aid in proper chewing and digestion
- Less prone to wear, chipping, and other trauma
Dr. H and the rest of the Altera Orthodontics team look forward to guiding our teenage patients to achieve their full potential, starting with their smiles. We provide the latest treatments to properly align your teenager’s smile while improving their oral health. Contact us at (610) 624-4094 to book your complimentary consultation today!