At Beaumont Orthodontics, our mission is to provide our patients with the highest quality in orthodontic care in a fun, friendly environment. Our doctors and highly trained team of orthodontic specialists will work with you to develop a customized, comprehensive treatment plan to fit all of your needs - all on your schedule.
Beaumont Teen Orthodontics
For many teens, braces have become a rite of passage: they symbolize many other changes adolescents go through at this time, including growth in stature, edgier tastes in clothes and music, and an increasing degree of self-awareness. But are there actually good reasons for orthodontic appliance therapy during the teen years? In a word: yes.
While earlier intervention is sometimes necessary, there are many reasons that adolescence represents the perfect time for orthodontic treatment. Generally, by the age of 11-13 the deciduous (baby) teeth have all been lost, and the permanent teeth have come in. This is an ideal time to correct problems that may cause a bad bite (malocclusion), improper tooth spacing, or poor alignment.
Orthodontic problems never improve with age - they just get worse and more difficult to treat. It's much easier to treat problems in the bite during adolescence because the body is still growing rapidly, and this growth can be used to help shift the position of teeth. Through traditional braces or appliances like palatal expanders, we can create an improved appearance and function of the teeth in a short period of time. Later on, once the bones of the face and jaw are more fully developed, orthodontic conditions can become more difficult (and costly) to treat.
Finally, adolescence is an ideal time because braces are so common amongst teenagers. Kids want to fit in, and having so many friends with braces makes the whole process easier - they may even see some of their classmates in our office and make new friends during the process! When treatment is over, they'll have a healthy, beautiful smile that will last a lifetime.
The Orthodontic Treatment Process
What you can expect in our office depends on what kind of treatment is needed. During the first visit, we'll take pictures and x-rays of your mouth, possibly making a model of your bite. We'll use all of this information to develop a comprehensive treatment plan - this may involve regular braces, with or without elastics, or a specialized appliance. Here are some of the most commonly used orthodontic appliances:
Metal Braces: While they need no introduction, you might be surprised to find them smaller and lighter than ever. They can even be customized with colored elastic ties on the brackets!
Clear Braces: The brackets on clear braces are made of ceramic or composite materials that blend in with the teeth, making them less conspicuous. While suitable for many situations, they are slightly more expensive.
Invisalign: Invisalign uses a series of removable, clear plastic aligners to gradually straighten teeth. Formerly only for adult patients, they've now been designed specifically for teens. Invisalign is practically invisible and removable - they can be popper out to eat, drink, brush, or floss, so they don't come with the same dietary restrictions of traditional braces.
Lingual Braces: Lingual, or Incognito Braces, are the least noticeable form of treatment - they're attached to the inside (tongue side) faces of the teeth, where they're completely hidden from others.
If major tooth or jaw movement is needed, other orthodontic appliances, ranging from small devices fitting inside the mouth to external headgear, may be recommended. But don't worry: you'll get used to them, and in the long run, they'll provide a huge benefit in the form of a healthy, beautiful smile that you'll be proud to show off for the rest of your life.
How Long Will I Wear Them?
The answer is different for everyone and depends on your individual situation and needs. Generally, however, the active stage of orthodontic treatment lasts 6-30 months. After this period, you'll need to wear a retainer for another period of months. Once your full treatment is complete, the new smile we've worked together to create will be yours for a lifetime!
Contact Your Beaumont and Lumberton, TX Orthodontists
If you have more questions about your orthodontic health, feel free to reach out to us at our contact page or schedule an appointment at our Beaumont, TX office with our easy online form. We can’t wait to hear from you!