Top Naples Orthodontist for Teens

Creating straight and healthy smiles for life

When is the best time to begin orthodontics?

While orthodontic treatment can enhance your smile at any age, there is an optimal time to start for the best results. For teens, beginning treatment between the ages of 11 and 15 is ideal as most permanent teeth have come in, making it easier to identify and correct issues such as crooked teeth, gaps, and bad bites.

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Benefits of Timely Orthodontic Evaluation

Early evaluation ensures timely detection of problems and more effective treatment. For teens, this period is crucial as they are experiencing rapid growth, which can be leveraged to shape the bite and teeth correctly. Early intervention prevents serious issues later on.

Why Ages 11 to 15 are Optimal for Treatment

By age 12, most permanent teeth are in place, allowing for a comprehensive assessment of dental alignment. Teens in this age group are more accepting of braces, as many of their peers are also undergoing treatment, making it a socially acceptable phase.

Advantages of Adolescent Orthodontic Treatment

Key benefits include:

  • Creating space for crowded teeth
  • Influencing jaw growth for facial symmetry
  • Reducing trauma risk to protruding teeth
  • Preserving space for unerupted teeth
  • Decreasing the need for tooth removal
  • Shortening treatment time with braces

Are You a Candidate for Orthodontic Treatment?

Orthodontics not only improves the aesthetics of the smile but also corrects malocclusions (bad bites) caused by misaligned teeth or jaws. Treating malocclusions is essential to prevent issues such as difficulty in chewing, cleaning teeth, and maintaining oral health.

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Why Treat Alignment Issues?

Untreated alignment issues can lead to:

  • Difficulty in maintaining oral hygiene, increasing the risk of tooth decay or gum disease
  • Higher likelihood of tooth damage due to misaligned bites
  • Uneven tooth wear and potential growth problems
  • Possible speech difficulties from improper tooth alignment

Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile –
it creates a healthier you.

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Making the most of the crucial years

Orthodontic treatments for Teens

Orthodontic Treatment Options for Teens

Traditional Braces

Traditional metal braces are a common and effective treatment for teens. They consist of metal brackets and wires that gradually move the teeth into their correct positions. Braces are highly effective for treating a wide range of orthodontic issues, including severe misalignments, overcrowding, and bite problems.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces function similarly to traditional metal braces but use clear or tooth-colored brackets that blend in with the natural color of the teeth, making them less noticeable. They offer a more aesthetically pleasing option for teens concerned about the appearance of metal braces.

Clear Aligners

Clear aligners are a popular alternative to traditional braces. They are nearly invisible and can be removed for eating and cleaning. Clear aligners are custom-made to fit snugly over the teeth and are typically replaced every few weeks to gradually shift the teeth into place. They are suitable for teens with mild to moderate orthodontic issues.

Choosing the Right Treatment

Selecting the appropriate orthodontic treatment depends on various factors, including the severity of the orthodontic issues, lifestyle preferences, and the teen’s commitment to maintaining oral hygiene. Consult with our expert orthodontists to help determine the best option tailored to the individual needs of the teen.

Steps to your new smile

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Get an individual treatment plan and cost

We will discuss our recommendations and find out if the plan fits your time and budget.

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