Adolescent Treatment

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Adolescent orthodontic care.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.

When you’re looking for orthodontics in and around the Charlottesville and Zion Crossroads areas, we at Charlottesville Orthodontics pride ourselves on going above and beyond to meet your every need. We feature a wide array of high quality orthodontic treatments and we’re well-trained and equipped to treat patients of all ages, including those in their adolescence.

Why Is Adolescence the Optimal Time for Orthodontics?

There’s no set timetable for every teen, but generally by the age of 11-13, most children will have lost all their baby teeth and their permanent teeth will have come in. This is the perfect time for our orthodontists to begin orthodontic treatment and correct the problems that can cause a bad bite, improper tooth spacing, or poor jaw alignment. It’s also important to note that orthodontic problems don’t improve with age – they only become more difficult and costly to treat. It’s easier to treat orthodontic problems during adolescence because a child’s face and jaw bones are still developing.

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.

Our Orthodontic Treatment Options for Teens

During your first appointment with Dr. Weis or Dr. Varner, we’ll take pictures and x-rays of your mouth and also possibly make a model of your bite with our digital scanner (no goopy molds!). After this, your orthodontist will develop an orthodontic treatment plan that will best suit your needs. Some of the most commonly used orthodontic treatments that our adolescent patients may require include:

 

Clear aligners.Clear Aligners for Teens – This orthodontic treatment, also known as Invisalign, features a series of clear plastic trays that are practically invisible, allowing for very discreet orthodontic treatment. These customized sets of trays, or aligners, are meant to be worn in a designated order and will gradually straighten your teeth in the way your orthodontist has prescribed. Since they need to be worn for 22 hours a day, you can take them out for eating, brushing, or other special occasions.

Metal braces.Metal Braces – These are the standard, traditional braces that you’ll see on most patients undergoing orthodontic treatment. Modern metal braces are now smaller and lighter than ever. They also offer customized options like having colored elastic ties on the brackets.

 

Clear braces.Clear Braces – These braces feature brackets that are made of ceramic or composite materials that blend in with the teeth, making for a more discreet treatment option. They’re perfect for patients who may be nervous about being seen in traditional braces.

 

Lingual braces.Lingual Braces – This is the most unnoticeable form of braces. As opposed to traditional braces that are placed on the outside of your teeth, lingual braces are placed on the inside of the teeth where they won’t be seen at all by others. 

 

 

In other situations where major tooth or jaw movement is needed, Dr. Weis or Dr. Varner may recommend other orthodontic appliances. These can range from headgear to small devices that fit inside the mouth like rubber bands.

 How Long Will My  Orthodontic Treatment Last?

Your orthodontic treatment may take anywhere from 6-30 months (usually 18-20 months) to complete, depending on the severity of the case. After treatment has ended, the process isn’t quite over. You’ll then move on to the retention phase during which you’ll wear a retainer for a period of months afterward. The retainer is used to make sure that your teeth won’t shift back into misalignment. As long as you wear the retainer as prescribed, you’ll have no problem keeping your new and beautiful smile!

Begin Treatment For Your Teen With Charlottesville's Best Orthodontist

If your teen is ready to enjoy the confidence that comes with a better smile, schedule an appointment with us by filling out our appointment request form. If you have any questions about orthodontic treatment for teens, please feel free to contact us and our team would be happy to assist you. We’re here to provide the best orthodontic treatment for you teen!

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