Adolescent Treatment

Why Are Orthodontic Treatments Most Common in Adolescence? 

Orthodontic treatments have come a long way in offering sleeker, more efficient, and more discreet options to straighten smiles and correct misaligned bites. And there’s a reason why it’s most common to see children ages 11 to 15 in braces. That is the age range in which most permanent teeth will have grown in, giving us the best picture possible to what your child will need to straighten their smiles.

If your children started observation appointments early enough with us, it is possible that we have already started to prepare your child for their orthodontic journey. We utilize comprehensive orthodontics to give your child the boost in confidence, and oral health, that comes with a smile they love to show.

What Can My Child Expect During Treatment?

The team at Salaita Orthodontics works hard to make your family feel welcome in our office. We do so through our incentive programs, where children can earn tokens for good behavior that they can put toward rewards. They can also join Dr. Salaita’s Smile Squad, a program designed for young children to enjoy their observation appointments through rewards and fun.

When your child gets braces, we will likely schedule appointments every 6 to 8 weeks to check in on progress, address any issues, and make adjustments. Every step of the way, we welcome the questions and concerns of you and your young adult. It is important, even when your child is an adolescent, that they be active members in their own orthodontic treatment. That way, they will be proactive in participating and caring for their teeth for the rest of their life.

Is My Child a Candidate for Orthodontic Treatment?

Every child is different. As their parent, you may notice misaligned teeth while helping them brush or when they smile. This could be an early indication of the need for early orthodontic treatment. However, only an orthodontist like Dr. Salaita can tell whether your child would be a good candidate for braces. It is important to investigate early — even as young as 7 — so we can anticipate what orthodontic issues we need to address.

We can correct issues like misaligned teeth and bites so that normal chewing does not do damage to your child’s teeth over time.

Ready for your child to start making their orthodontic journey? It’s a momentous occasion, and the team at Salaita Orthodontics is here for you! Schedule your initial consultation with us by calling (614) 888-4577 today — it’s free!

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