Teen orthodontics

Invest in your teen

Between the ages of 11 and 15 is the most common time for orthodontics, and for good reason. By age 12 to 13, most if not all of the permanent teeth have come in and are in place so that crooked teeth, gaps, and bad bites can easily be detected. These problems will hardly ever correct themselves, so this is when most parents decide to seek orthodontic treatment.

Teen braces & orthodontic treatment

Besides the benefits of fitting in with their friends, children at this age are growing rapidly, and orthodontists can usually take advantage of these growth spurts to help shape the bite and teeth correctly. Children at this age have high metabolisms, which can help shorten overall treatment time and reduce the discomfort of orthodontic treatment. Our goal is to give your child correctly aligned teeth that not only provide ideal jaw function but also a beautiful smile!

Invisalign® Teen

This is also a good time for orthodontic treatment because many negative associations of braces are not present. Many children in this age range undergo orthodontic treatment, and teens are often excited to wear braces because they see their friends wearing them, too, and want to fit in. However, if wearing metal braces is a concern, ask Dr. Duffy if Invisalign® Teen is an option.