Invest in Your Teen
The most common time for orthodontics for teens in Portland, Windham, and the surrounding areas falls between the ages of 12 and 16 because most permanent teeth will be in place.
Luckily, at Adult & Pediatric Orthodontics, you can find solutions to make the treatment process much easier than ever before.
All About Teen Orthodontics
Experienced orthodontists like Dr. Yu can easily recognize issues with spacing, crowding, bite, and alignment in this age range, and your teen’s bone and jaw structure are formed enough to allow orthodontic treatment to begin.
Some teens in Portland, Windham, and the surrounding areas may have begun Phase I treatment at an earlier age, and now need to follow that up with full braces or other orthodontic treatment.
Beyond just looks, untreated dental problems can have a lasting impact on your teen’s oral and overall health.
If you notice any of the following issues, come in for a free consultation with Dr. Yu at Adult & Pediatric Orthodontics, since they could be signs your teen may benefit from orthodontic treatment.
- Early, late, or irregular loss of their baby teeth
- Difficulty with chewing or biting
- Crowding or extra spacing between teeth
- Jaws that shift or make sounds
- Frequent biting of the cheek or the inside of the mouth
- Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all
- Jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face
- Protrusion of teeth
Let Dr. Joanna Yu diagnose and successfully treat certain bite problems because it can give you short-term and long-term benefits.
Adult & Pediatric Orthodontics corrects common bad bite problems and minimizes issues through orthodontic treatment, like:
- Crooked or crowded teeth
- Missing or extra teeth
- An overbite or underbite
- Incorrect jaw position
- A disorder of the jaw joint
Benefits of a Straight Smile
Straight teeth that respond well to orthodontic treatment at Adult & Pediatric Orthodontics give your teenager tons of benefits, like:
- Being less prone to wear and tear, chipping, and tooth trauma
- Being easier to keep clean, helping to prevent tooth decay and cavities
- Reducing the chances of developing gum disease, which can result in bone loss, decay, and tooth loss
- Improving proper chewing and digestion of food
Choose Your Look
While creating a customized treatment plan for your teen, we might recommend an orthodontic appliance.
Here at Adult & Pediatric Orthodontics, we offer:
Braces have come a very long way, even within the past decade. When many people think of braces, they think of extremely bulky metal brackets.
We don't use this type of bulky orthodontic appliance, and many of the new braces are lighter and more comfortable than ever before.
Also known as clear braces, these work the same way metal braces do but feature brackets made of tooth-colored ceramic materials.
They blend in with your teen’s smile, making them much less obvious. Since ceramic braces are slightly more prone to breaking, and a little costlier than metal braces, they may not be best for everyone.
Invisalign® for Teens
The Invisalign system is made up of a series of fully customized, clear trays called aligners. These aligners are nearly invisible and totally removable.
Made of soft plastic, they provide a more comfortable orthodontic experience, with no friction or abrasions inside your teen’s mouth.
Each week your teen will switch their aligner for the next in the set. When worn the recommended 20-22 hours per day, your teen’s teeth will gradually move into the desired positions.
Invisalign works best for mild to moderate orthodontic issues, and may not be an option if your teen needs more serious treatment.
FAQs About Teen Orthodontics
Make an Investment in Your Teen’s Smile Today
Orthodontic treatment at Adult & Pediatric Orthodontics helps you invest in the future health and confidence of your child. By scheduling a free consultation, Dr. Joanna Yu can happily go over the benefits of treatment with both of you, as well as any of the risks of putting off or skipping treatment.
Although adults can also see us for orthodontic treatment, your teen’s jaws and teeth can respond quicker to orthodontic treatment, shortening their total treatment time at our offices in Portland and Windham.