Adolescent orthodontic treatment usually begins between the ages of 11 and 15. Most of your child’s permanent teeth should have erupted by age 12, so any orthodontic problems can be easily diagnosed and a treatment plan created. Our orthodontists will monitor your child’s oral growth and development following their initial orthodontic checkup at age 7 to determine when their adolescent treatment, or Phase Two treatment, should begin.
Teenagers are still growing, making it easier for our orthodontists to guide proper jaw growth and move their teeth into the correct positions. When we provide orthodontic care for teenagers, we can take advantage of growth spurts to shape their bite, and your teenager’s treatment time will likely be shorter than that of an adult receiving the same type of care.
Our orthodontists and team offer several types of braces, including traditional metal braces, ceramic “clear” braces and gold braces. We also offer Invisalign® clear aligners. We will discuss each type of treatment with you and your teenager to find the right treatment option for your teenager’s needs.