Adolescent Orthodontics

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Many pediatric dentists consider teenage years the ideal time for orthodontics. Children have a full set of permanent teeth by 13 years of age with complete dental development. The mouth and jaw are still flexible, which means they accept adjustments easily.

At Mini Mouths Dentistry for Kids, we encourage parents to take their child for an orthodontic appointment when they’re seven years old. Dentists can take some preliminary measures at this stage of development, which can help with future treatment.

What is Adolescent Orthodontics?

Adolescent orthodontics is a specialized Phase Two (regular orthodontics) treatment designed for teenagers. It involves a comprehensive examination where pediatric dental care specialists identify developmental issues or alignment problems before offering custom treatment recommendations. Here’s a look at what parents can expect:

  • The first consultation lasts approximately 45 minutes, wherein a dentist studies your child’s dental history before carrying out a visual examination.
  • In many cases, young patients aren’t ready for comprehensive treatments. Dentists recommend observation therapy for such patients.
  • This therapy involves monitoring a child’s dental development for 3-6 months.
  • When the patient is ready for treatment, pediatric dentists conduct a more detailed examination by taking x-rays, impressions, photographs, or even 3D scans.

Dentists provide a treatment summary along with a cost quote during the second consultation. Our specialist will explain every aspect of this treatment in detail so you can make informed decisions.

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Types of Braces for Kids

Adolescents often don’t want to wear braces because they are more conscious about their appearance. They fear judgment from their peers, discomfort from the braces, and the treatment’s impact on their social life. Fortunately, we have many braces options for young patients, so they’re not limited to traditional metal appliances. Here’s a brief look at your options:

  • Metal Braces – Metal braces have been around for a long time. They’re highly effective in treating even the most stubborn alignment issues. Modern metal braces are smaller, more comfortable, and also come with multicolored bands.
  • Clear Braces – Clear braces like Invisalign are discreet, comfortable, and easier to maintain. They are removable, but the patient must wear them for at least 22 hours every day. You need to wear a series of aligner trays that push teeth back in small increments. Invisalign is highly effective with a proven track record.
  • Lingual Braces – Lingual braces are a discreet treatment option because they’re placed on the back of a patient’s teeth and pull the teeth rather than push them into the proper position.

Some patients may need external headgear if they have severe teeth misalignment. Children orthodontics has come a long way in recent years, so there are several alternatives available. Our dentists offer comprehensive treatment to help correct issues like malocclusion, TMJ, misalignment, poor dental development, speech problems, etc. We also provide detailed instructions on oral hygiene, cleaning braces, and reducing discomfort.

If you want professional advice on orthodontics for kids, Mini Mouths Dentistry for Kids can help. We have offices at Boca Raton, Pembroke Pines, and Coral Springs.