Teen orthodontics

Teen orthodontics in Allen & McKinney, TX

For many teens, braces are a rite of passage. Braces for teens is one example of the changes adolescents undergo during this time, as this is a time of great enjoyment as we see our young patients blossom into young adults!

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, most permanent teeth are present in the mouth – close to their final non-corrected positions. 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 standard braces or Invisalign® Teen clear aligners are used, or appliances like palatal expanders, improved appearance and function can be created in a short period. In later years, when the bones of the face and jaw are fully developed, many conditions become more difficult (and costly) to treat. As part of our conservative approach, we make every attempt to minimize extractions of permanent teeth or facial surgery.

Types of braces for teens

Teens are given choices of different types of braces for style and aesthetics. Braces colors can be customized with new colored rubber bands at each appointment.  Creekview & McKinney Orthodontics offers:

With so much going on in a teen’s life, getting metal braces can present serious social challenges. The good news is that Invisalign® Teen, clear braces or lingual braces are invisible braces options for teens to enjoy the benefits of straight teeth without dealing with the social stigma associated with traditional metal braces for teens in Allen and McKinney, Texas.