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Invest in Your Teen

The teen years (between the ages of 12 and 16) are the most common time for orthodontic treatment in New Albany, Corydon and Floyds Knobs because most permanent teeth will be in place.

Luckily, some new solutions at Periago Orthodontics help make your teen’s treatment process much easier than ever before.

About Teen Orthodontics in New Albany, Corydon + Floyds Knobs

Experienced orthodontists like Dr. Periago can 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 at an earlier age, and are now following it up with full braces or other orthodontic treatment.

Beyond outward appearances, untreated dental problems can have a lasting impact on your teen’s oral and overall health.

Bad Bites

Diagnosing and successfully treating certain bite problems can have short-term and long-term benefits.

Problems classified as “bad bites” can often be minimized with the proper orthodontic treatment, including:

  • Crooked or crowded teeth
  • Missing or extra teeth
  • An overbite or underbite
  • Incorrect jaw position
  • A disorder of the jaw joint
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Time to Talk to Dr. Periago

If you notice any of these following problems, come for a free consultation with Dr. Periago. These could be warning signs your teen may benefit from orthodontic treatment at Periago Orthodontics.

  • Early, late, or irregular loss of their baby teeth
  • Difficulty with chewing or biting
  • Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all
  • Jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face
  • Protrusion of teeth
  • Crowding or extra spacing between teeth
  • Jaws that shift or make sounds
  • Frequent biting of the cheek or the inside of the mouth

Benefits of a Straight Smile

Straight teeth that respond well to orthodontic treatment at Periago Orthodontics create a lot of advantages, like:

  • Being less prone to 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

Choose Your Look

While creating a customized treatment plan for your teen, Dr. Periago might recommend an orthodontic appliance.

Here at Periago Orthodontics, we offer:

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Metal Braces

Braces at Periago Orthodontics have come a very long way, even within the past decade. When many people think of braces, they think of extremely bulky metal brackets.

We don't use this type of bulky orthodontic appliance, and many of the new braces are lighter and more comfortable than ever before.

Invisalign® for Teens

The Invisalign system at Periago Orthodontics 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 20-22 hours per day as directed by Dr. Periago, your teen’s teeth will gradually move into the desired positions.

Invisalign works best for mild to moderate orthodontic issues, and may not be an option if your teen needs more serious treatment.

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Ceramic Braces

Also known as clear braces, these work the same way metal braces do but feature brackets made of tooth-colored ceramic materials.

They blend in with your teen’s smile, making them much less obvious. Since ceramic braces are slightly more prone to breaking, and a little costlier than metal braces, Dr. Periago typically recommends them for older teens.

Periago Orthodontics Is Proud to Be an Invisalign Preferred Provider

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FAQs About Teen Orthodontics

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Make an Investment in Your Teen’s Smile Today

Orthodontic treatment is an investment in your child’s future.

Although adults can also complete orthodontic treatment, your teenager’s teeth and jaws can respond quicker to orthodontic treatment at Periago Orthodontics, which will shorten their total treatment time.

During your free consultation, Dr. Periago will be happy to discuss the benefits of treatment as well as the risk of putting it off.