Invest In Your Teen’s Future

The teen years (between the ages of 12 and 16) are the most common time for orthodontic treatment because this is the age range when most permanent teeth begin settling into place without losing too much of their mobility.

Teen Orthodontics

Started once the majority of adult teeth are in at around ages 11-12, comprehensive braces or Invisalign treatment will have your child beaming with confidence in time for their senior photos, sweet sixteen, quinceañera, or whatever big day awaits!

Luckily, some new orthodontic solutions make the treatment process much easier than ever before.

Experienced orthodontists like Dr. Sievers and Dr. Van Vooren will be able to easily recognize issues with spacing, crowding, bite, and alignment in this age range, and your teen’s bone and jaw structure are formed enough to allow orthodontic treatment to begin.

Some teens may have even started Phase I treatment, or treatment that begins before their permanent teeth have erupted, at an earlier age, and are now following it up with full braces or other orthodontic treatment.

 

Signs Your Teen May Need Treatment

Appearance and self-confidence aside, untreated dental problems can have a lasting impact on your teen’s oral and overall health. If you notice any of the following issues, we recommend a complimentary consultation with Dr. Sievers and Dr. Van Vooren at Embrace Orthodontics, since they could be signs your teen may benefit from orthodontic treatment.

  • Early, late, or irregular loss of their baby teeth
  • Difficulty with chewing or biting
  • Crowding or extra spacing between teeth
  • Jaws that shift or make sounds
  • Frequent biting of the cheek or the inside of the mouth
  • Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all
  • Jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face
  • Protrusion of teeth

 

Bite Problems

Diagnosing and successfully treating certain bite problems can have short-term and long-term benefits. Problems classified as “bad bites” can often be minimized with the proper orthodontic treatment, and include:

  • Crooked or crowded teeth
  • Missing or extra teeth
  • An overbite or underbite
  • Incorrect jaw position
  • A disorder of the jaw joint

 

Benefits of a Straight Smile

Straight teeth that respond well to orthodontic treatment have many benefits, including:

  • Being less prone to wear and tear, chipping, and tooth trauma
  • Being easier to keep clean, helping to prevent tooth decay and cavities
  • Reducing the chances of developing gum disease, which can result in bone loss, decay, and tooth loss
  • Improving proper chewing and digestion of food

 

Benefits of Braces & Invisalign

Orthodontic treatment at Embrace Orthodontics may have many benefits to your teeth, gums, and oral health, including:

  • Preventing wear and tear, chipping, and tooth trauma
  • Being easier to keep clean, helping to prevent tooth decay and cavities
  • Reducing the chances of developing gum disease, which can result in bone loss, decay, and tooth loss
  • Improving proper chewing and digestion of food
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The Treatment Process at Embrace Orthodontics

While creating a customized treatment plan for your teen, we might recommend an orthodontic appliance. Here at Embrace Orthodontics, we offer:

 

Metal Braces

Braces have come a very long way, and are improving every day. When many people think of braces, they think of extremely bulky and uncomfortable metal brackets.

Today’s braces are lighter and more comfortable than ever before. They use low-profile NiTi brackets and wires to gently shift your teeth into more optimal positions over time.

 

Ceramic Braces

Also known as clear braces, these work the same way metal braces do, but feature brackets made of tooth-colored ceramic materials. They blend in with your teen’s smile, making them much less obvious. Since ceramic braces are slightly more prone to breakage, and a little costlier than metal braces, they may not be suitable for everyone.

 

Invisalign®

The Invisalign system is made up of a series of fully customized, clear trays called aligners. These aligners are nearly invisible and totally removable.

Made of soft plastic, they provide a more comfortable orthodontic experience, with no friction or abrasions inside your teen’s mouth.

Each week your teen will switch their aligner for the next in the set. When worn the recommended 20-22 hours per day, your teen’s teeth will gradually move into the desired positions.

Questions About Teen Orthodontics in Cambridge, Lindstrom, and Pine City

An Investment in Your Teen’s Smile

Orthodontic treatment is an investment in your child’s future. By scheduling a free consultation, Dr. Sievers and Dr. Van Vooren will be happy to discuss the benefits of treatment with both of you, as well as any of the risks with putting off or skipping treatment.

Although adults can successfully complete orthodontic treatment, a teen’s jaws and teeth tend to respond quicker to orthodontic treatment, shortening their total treatment time.