For most children, orthodontic treatment will begin during their middle school years ages 11 to 15. Some children will benefit from corrective procedures performed earlier. Until the child’s baby teeth are gone, there is little that can be done to manipulate the permanent adult teeth. Baby teeth can often need extraction to free up space allowing the permanent teeth room to grow. Most dentists will refer you to an orthodontist to get a second opinion for your child’s particular needs.
Most of the time, a child under age 11, will find the visit a confirmation that everything is on track. Typically, the orthodontist will see them back in a year or two. These orthodontic visits are almost always free. On a later visit, once permanent teeth have emerged completely, the orthodontist will be able to make a recommendation.
Orthodontic Care in Middle School and High School
Middle school and high school are no longer relaxing time for teens before they have to decide on their careers. Just imagine having to make all the decisions for your future as a 13 or 14 year old and on top of that be self-confident about your smile. Years ago if a teen had crooked teeth metal braces were the only option and the sight of these devices in your mouth could lead to even more stressful situations.
Clear braces technology will gradually straighten your teeth though the use of a series or progression of gradually changing plastic molds that gently guide your teeth into your perfect smile. Now your teeth can be straightening while you prepare for adulthood and no one will be the wiser to your new smile.
Clear plastic braces have other advantages over metal braces that ensure better hygiene and tooth health. Since the aligners can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing, your teeth and gums will be able to be properly cleaned each night resulting in a healthier smile. And for those teens that have trouble keeping up with things, some of the brands of clear braces provide you with free replacement aligners.
So whether you choose conventional metal braces or clear plastic ones, you should feel confident that your decision to improve your smile is going to add years of healthy life to your teeth and gums. Straight teeth are healthy teeth. Keep them Straight, Wide, and White.
See a specialist for your teeth to ensure that you have the most complete information regarding your orthodontic treatment. Whether it’s a first, second, or even a third opinion most orthodontists just want to make sure you are informed.