Adolescent orthodontic treatment usually begins between the ages of 11 and 15. By age 12, most of your child’s permanent teeth should have erupted, so crooked teeth, gapped teeth and bad bites are easily diagnosed. Your child should have received their initial orthodontic checkup at about age 7, and our orthodontist will monitor your child’s oral growth and development following that appointment to determine when their treatment as a teenager (also known as Phase Two treatment) should begin.
Adolescents are still growing, which means that our orthodontist can take advantage of their growth spurts to shape their bite and teeth correctly and guide proper jaw growth. The teenage years are a great time for orthodontic treatment as the teeth can be aligned more easily and overall treatment times are shorter than those of adults receiving the same type of care.
We offer several types of braces, including traditional metal braces, ceramic (or “clear”) braces and gold braces. Additionally, we offer Invisalign® clear aligners. Our orthodontist will discuss each type of treatment with you and your teenager to determine which type of braces is right for their needs.