Orthodontic Treatment for Pre-Teens/Teens

Giving Your Child the Perfect Smile

Every parent wants his or her child to be happy. To be happy and socialize well with the other kids in their everyday lives. Part of this stems from their confidence, and walking around with a sparkling straight smile is a perfect way to obtain said confidence. At West Orthodontics, we aim to provide just that. A perfect smile that will give your child confidence that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives. We use Invisalign aligners and braces to accomplish this, and we are sure our treatment can help your child too.

Reasons to Start Treatment Adolescent Orthodontics

Starting your child’s orthodontic treatment as they begin their adolescents is a perfectly natural concept. It is most common to see patients come in to begin this phase of treatment between the ages of 9 and 16. There are many good reasons to begin orthodontic treatment around this time. By the time a child reaches age 12, most if not all of their permanent teeth have erupted and are in place. This allows orthodontists like Dr. West to more easily see any crooked teeth, gaps, or bad bites that have begun to form in their mouth. Due to the fact that these problems hardly ever correct themselves, this is when most parents decide to seek orthodontic treatment.

The adolescent years are also a good time for orthodontic treatment due to their perception of braces at the time. Many children in this age range undergo orthodontic treatment, and children are often able to be convinced to wear braces because they see their friends wearing them. As a result, we see some children asking for braces as a way to fit in.

Besides the benefits of fitting in with their friends, treatment time can be expedited when taken at this age. During these years, children grow quite rapidly, and orthodontists can usually take advantage of these growth spurts to help shape the bite and teeth correctly. Also, because teenagers have a much higher metabolism, treatment time can be shortened, which will reduce the overall discomfort of orthodontic treatment.

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Logan - West Orthodontics Patient

Set Up An Appointment Today!

Your teen can get the perfect smile they deserve. All you have to do is pick up the phone and call us. We offer complimentary consultations, so we will work with you to see what we can do for you and your teen. If you have any questions or concerns about what the process entails, feel free to contact us, and we will be sure to get right back to you. We are passionate about creating that perfect smile so that your teen will feel confident and have better self-esteem!