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Orthodontic Treatment for Teens

Age 12 to 16 is the most common time to start braces or other orthodontic treatments.

If your teenager has gaps, crooked, or protruding teeth, they may feel self conscious and hide their smile. Beyond outward appearance, crooked or crowded teeth or a misaligned jaw can also have lasting impacts on your teenager’s future oral and whole body health.

Teeth that are straight and well-aligned are:

  • Less prone to wear, chipping and other trauma
  • Easier to keep clean, preventing decay or cavities
  • Key to reducing the chances of developing gum disease, which can result in bone loss, decay, and even tooth loss
  • Able to help in proper chewing and digestion
  • Designed to last for life by properly bearing the stress and wear of chewing

Braces and other orthodontic treatment can not only help your teen feel confident about having a healthy smile, but can also help set them up for success throughout their lives.

Starting Treatment

How do I know if my teenager may need braces or orthodontic treatment?

We always recommend a complimentary consultation with an orthodontist if you notice the following issues:

  • Protrusion of teeth
  • Difficulty chewing or biting; biting the insides of the lips or mouth
  • Crowding or extra spacing between teeth, difficulty flossing or brushing due to crowding
  • Signs that your teen may be hiding their smile because they are concerned or embarrassed about their appearance

Where can my teenager get braces in Denison?

We are proud to offer all levels of orthodontic services right from our office in Denison, including traditional and clear braces. Dr. Bygness is accepting new patients from Denison and the surrounding area in southwest Iowa.

How can I make an orthodontic consultation or appointment for my teen?

Orthodontic consultations for teenage patients are always complimentary at Thirty Two & You and require no commitment to start treatment. Consultations typically do not require a large time commitment for you or your teen, and consist primarily of an oral examination by the orthodontist, followed by an in-depth discussion about their observations and any treatment recommendations.

Oral Hygiene & Home Care Routines For Teens With Braces

If your teenager has braces or any type of orthodontic treatment, the best way to ensure their time wearing braces is as brief and successful as possible is through maintaining an excellent at-home oral care routine, and by keeping up with regular checkups and adjustment appointments. Your teen’s orthodontic treatment team at Thirty Two & You will help by providing detailed instructions, techniques, tools and monitoring of oral hygiene at regular visits. As parents and guardians, your role in keeping your teen motivated and on track is extremely important. Your teen will also benefit from your moral support and encouragement as they track the timing and progress of their treatment.

Alternative Orthodontic Treatment For Teens

Braces are the most common type of orthodontic treatment. Braces are a series of brackets that are carefully measured and fixed to the teeth, and connected with wires designed to align and move the teeth. Thirty Two & You offers traditional metal braces, as well as ceramic or tooth-colored brackets and wires that are designed to be more discreet.

Dr. Bygness will be happy to review all treatment options during the consultation process.

FAQ About Teen Orthodontics

How long does treatment usually take?

Orthodontic treatment typically takes between 12 and 24 months, depending on the treatment and correction needed, the type of treatment and the patient’s compliance with home oral care, wearing of any appliances, and scheduled adjustment appointments.

Why does my teenager need orthodontic treatment?

What if I decide against teen orthodontics for my child?

Orthodontic treatment is truly an investment in your child’s future. Your teen’s orthodontist can discuss the benefits of treatment, as well as any potential risks associated with delaying or foregoing treatment. Although adults can get braces and orthodontic treatment at any point with a great prognosis, the jaws and teeth of teenagers often respond more quickly to orthodontic treatment, shortening total treatment time. While orthodontic treatment often provides a visible and more pleasing alignment of the teeth, treatment can also correct issues with bite, crowding and alignment. Left untreated, these issues can result in uneven wear, jaw issues, headaches, decay and tooth loss, and chipping and breaking of the teeth.

Some orthodontic conditions are easier to correct and can prevent more severe conditions when they are detected and treated at an early age. If your child’s early orthodontic consultation indicates that treatment is necessary, the first phase should begin right away, while your child still has most of their primary teeth. Early orthodontic interventions, also known as “Phase I” treatments, are designed to help correct existing issues and guide future growth and development to ensure your child’s smile is healthy and designed to last a lifetime.

Still have additional questions? Call us today!