Teen Braces in El Dorado & Monroe
Make an Investment for the Future
If you have a teen in or near El Dorado, AR or Monroe, LA who would like to receive braces to improve their smile, you probably have lots of questions.
Teen Braces in El Dorado & Monroe
The teen years (between the ages of 12 and 16) are the most common time for orthodontic treatment because this is the age range when most permanent teeth begin settling into place without losing too much mobility.
Started once the majority of adult teeth are in at around ages 11-12, comprehensive braces or Invisalign treatment will have your child beaming with confidence in time for their senior photos, sweet sixteen, quinceañera, or whatever big day awaits!
Luckily, some new solutions make the treatment process much easier than ever before.
Experienced orthodontists like Dr. Williams will be able to 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 may have even started Phase I treatment, or treatment that begins before their permanent teeth have erupted, at an earlier age, and are now following it up with full braces or other orthodontic treatment.
Signs Your Teen May Need Treatment
For many teens, braces are a rite of passage: They're one more example of the changes adolescents go through at this time — along with growth in stature, edgier tastes in clothes and music, and an increasing degree of self-awareness. But is there any particular reason why orthodontic appliances and teenagers seem to go together? In a word: Yes.
There are several good reasons why adolescence is the optimal time for orthodontic treatment, though occasionally even earlier intervention is called for. One has to do with the development of the teeth: There's no set timetable for every kid, but generally by the age of 11-13 the deciduous (baby) teeth have all been lost, and the permanent ones have largely come in.
This is the time when we can go to work correcting the problems that cause a bad bite (malocclusion), improper tooth spacing or poor alignment.
Orthodontic problems don't improve with age — they simply become harder to treat. It's easier to treat many orthodontic problems during adolescence because the body is still growing rapidly at this time.
Whether we use standard braces, or appliances like palatal expanders, we can create an improved appearance and function in a short period of time. In later years, when the bones of the face and jaw are fully developed, many conditions become more difficult (and costly) to treat.
There's even a social element to getting orthodontic treatment in adolescence. If you need braces, you're not alone! Chances are you'll see some of your classmates in our office, and you may even make new friends as you go through the process together. When it's done, you'll have a smile that you can really be proud of, and benefits that will last your whole life.
The Treatment Process
What can you expect when you come to Williams Orthodontics for treatment? It all depends on what kind of treatment you need.
The first time you come in, we will take pictures and radiographic (X-ray) images of your mouth, and possibly make a model of your bite. Then, we'll develop a treatment plan. It may involve regular braces, with or without elastics (rubber bands).
We might also recommend that you use a specialized appliance for a period of time. Here are some of the most commonly used orthodontic appliances:
Benefits of Braces & Invisalign
Orthodontic treatment at Williams Orthodontics may have many benefits to your teeth, gums, and oral health, including:
- Preventing 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
The Treatment Process at Williams Orthodontics
While creating a customized treatment plan for your teen, we might recommend an orthodontic appliance. Here at Williams Orthodontics, we offer:
Metal braces are the most common type of treatment, and they are made of high-grade stainless steel. Today's metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive.
Braces have come a very long way, and are improving every day. Today’s braces use low-profile NiTi brackets and wires to gently shift your teeth into more optimal positions over time.
Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material and they blend in with your teen’s smile, making them much less obvious. They are most popular with adult patients due to their cosmetic appeal.
The only drawbacks to ceramic brackets are that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.
Invisalign® and Clarity™ Aligners
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 and Clarity clear aligners work best for mild to moderate orthodontic issues, and may not be recommended if your teen needs more serious treatment.
Braces Questions in El Dorado & Monroe
An Investment in Your Teen’s Smile
Orthodontic treatment is an investment in your child’s future. By scheduling a consultation, Dr. Williams will be happy to discuss the benefits of treatment with both of you, as well as any of the risks of putting off or skipping treatment.
Although adults can successfully complete orthodontic treatment, a teen’s jaws and teeth tend to respond quicker to orthodontic treatment, shortening their total treatment time at Williams Orthodontics.