7 October 2021
The vast majority of people tend to have braces during their teenage years, as by doing so your orthodontist can avail of growth spurts making treatment much quicker than as an adult. You're also more than likely to have most if not all of your permanent teeth at this age, making it much easier to detect potential future issues such as a bad bite, gappy smile or crooked teeth. We have a wide range of orthodontic treatment available to your teenager - including traditional braces, see-through braces and Invisalign. So, what exactly is orthodontics?
Orthodontics focuses on the correction of teeth and jaws that are positioned improperly. Crooked teeth and teeth that do not fit together correctly are at higher risk of being lost early due to tooth decay, increased pressure on the jaw and periodontal disease. The benefits of orthodontic treatment mean that teeth are more likely to last a lifetime and make for a far healthier mouth.
Problems with teeth can be inherited or caused by factors such as:
- Crowded or spaced teeth
- Irregular position of teeth (ectopic teeth)
- Extra or missing teeth (hypodontia)
- Thumb sucking
- Dental disease such as decay or gum disease
- Premature loss of baby teeth
- Accidents or trauma.
I absolutely love my name smile!
Alex Byrne, Aughrim, Co. Wicklow
Crooked teeth can have profound effects on a teenager’s self-esteem and social skills. If your parents had braces, you may have seen pictures of them with their mouths full of metal. Today, braces are much less noticeable. Metal braces are still used, but you also have the option of clear braces or Invisalign - meaning most people won't even notice that your teen is currently having treatment!