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.
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:
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
Traditional metal braces
Metal 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.
Periago Orthodontics offers the Invisalign® Teen system, consisting of custom-made clear aligners for a comfortable, nearly invisible orthodontic experience. Each week, your teen replaces their aligner, wearing it for 20-22 hours per day. Invisalign is best for mild to moderate orthodontic issues and may not be suitable for more severe conditions.
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.
FAQs about teen orthodontics
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.
Orthodontic braces are a big part of life for many people in their teens. While braces may have had a bad reputation before, today’s braces make it easy to look and feel good! With options from Invisalign, metal braces, and invisible braces for teens, our expert, affordable orthodontists near you in New Albany, Corydon & Floyds Knobs are ready to help your teen get the smile of their dreams. Schedule a free orthodontic consultation with us online today!