How do I know if my teenager needs orthodontic treatment?
Here are a few signs your teen could benefit from orthodontic treatment:
- Early, late, or irregular loss of baby teeth
- Difficulty chewing or biting
- Crowding or extra spacing between teeth
- Crooked or crowded teeth
- Missing or extra tooth
- An overbite or underbite
- Incorrect jaw position
- A disorder of the jaw joint
What are some of the benefits for my teenager, besides straight teeth?
- Being less prone to wear and tear chipping or tooth trauma
- Being easier to keep clean, helping prevent tooth decay and cavities
- Reducing the chance of having gum disease, which can result in bone loss, decay and tooth loss
- Improving proper chewing and digestion of food
If my teenager had Phase I treatment, will they also need a Phase II?
The most common age for orthodontic treatment is between the ages of 12 and 16 because most permanent teeth have erupted. During our initial consultation, Dr. Delplanche will take time to go over the options with you and your teenager to help him or her find the one that is the most comfortable and best suited for the issues at hand.