For many teenagers, braces are part of the journey into adulthood. They represent a rite of passage and are a signature milestone in growing up. Is there a particular reason that orthodontics and adolescents are often paired together? Actually, yes.

The adolescent years, usually between the ages of 11 and 13, are the optimal time to receive braces. The baby teeth have been replaced by permanent teeth, while the jaw is still growing and is highly responsive to treatment. Orthodontic issues only become harder to treat with age, which is why orthodontists recommend correcting problems while your child is still growing. Orthodontics can improve the appearance and function of the teeth, jaws, and overall facial structure. During the adolescent years, many of your child’s classmates and friends will also be wearing braces, creating a social element that everyone can experience together.

The Treatment Process

Wright Orthodontics offers a variety of treatment options to fit your teen’s needs and preferences. We will take images of your teen’s smile to determine which services will benefit them the most.

  • Metal braces are the most traditional and well known option. However, they can be customized with colored ties and elastics. Thanks to modern advancements, they are also smaller and lighter.
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  • Clear braces are similar to traditional metal braces but are made of ceramic or composite material that blends with the teeth. They are suitable for older teens who are concerned about the appearance of their smiles.
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  • Clear aligners consist of a series of clear, removable aligners that shift the teeth gradually. They are meant to be worn at all times except during meals and oral care routines. When worn, they are nearly invisible.
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  • Lingual braces site on the back of the teeth, facing the tongue, where they are unnoticeable to the rest of the world.
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Other options include external headgear and small, internal devices to achieve major jaw and tooth movement.

How long will my teen wear his/her appliance(s)?

The length of treatment differs for each patient, and can range from 6 to 30 months. Following the initial treatment, your teen will be given a retainer for another length of time to ensure their new smile solidifies and will last a lifetime.

If you are considering adolescent orthodontics in Batavia, Illinois, contact our orthodontist, Dr. Randy Wright at 630-208-1200 for more information and to schedule a consultation. We look forward to helping your teen achieve a strong, healthy, and aesthetic smile!

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