Adolescent Treatment

Dr Salatia giving patient clear aligners

Orthodontic treatment for adolescents can be categorized as:

  • Phase 2 Orthodontics: When the patient had previous Early Interceptive (or Phase 1) Treatment
  • Comprehensive Orthodontics 

Between the ages of 11 and 15 is the most common time for orthodontic treatment. By age 12, most  permanent teeth have erupted which allows for diagnosis of alignment issues (crooked teeth), spacing and/or bad bites.
These problems will hardly ever correct themselves, so this is when most parents decide to seek orthodontic treatment for their children.

For many teenagers, wearing braces is a part of life – an important part of life because a beautiful and healthy smile can boost one’s self-confidence. 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. Pre-teens and teenagers have high metabolisms which can help shorten overall treatment time and reduce the discomfort of orthodontic treatment.

To find out if your child could benefit from adolescent treatment, schedule a complimentary consultation