The teenage years are full of change and promise. They are also the time when most orthodontic treatments begin. According to the American Orthodontic Association, over half of the patients currently undergoing orthodontic treatment are between the ages of 12 and 17.
The Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment for Teens
The benefits of orthodontic treatment for teens cannot be overstated. Along with creating a lovely straight smile which boosts confidence, straight teeth are easier to keep clean. That means fewer cavities and less chance of gum disease or future dental issues. If your teen has gaps, or crooked or crowded teeth, the issues are not likely to resolve on their own.
Many people do not know that medical research has consistently shown that oral health is closely tied to overall health. A straight and even smile is about more than looking and feeling good, it is also a springboard for better health as your child grows into adulthood.
Choices of Orthodontic Treatments for Teens
Orthodontics have come a long way in recent years. Besides traditional metal braces, which are often the ideal treatment for the most issues, there are other options which may be right for your teen. Dr. Maddux will take the time to evaluate the needs of your child, and then advise you about a course of treatment that he feels will provide the best possible results. Treatment options may include: