Adolescence is typically an optimal time to correct orthodontic issues. By the age of 12, most permanent teeth have erupted and are in their final position. Issues such as misalignment and bad bites are not only easily detected, but we can safely assume they will not correct themselves after this age. Therefore, Dr. Kincer commonly recommends braces for adolescents aged 12 to 18 years.
There are many reasons why adolescence can be an ideal period to fix malocclusion (bad bite) as well as crooked, gapped or crowded teeth. At this stage, children have a higher metabolic rate. This can be a significant advantage for a teen undergoing orthodontics, as it can decrease overall treatment time and improve patient comfort. In addition, the growth spurts that adolescents face can facilitate better tooth movement.
Orthodontics for Kids in Middle School and High School
If you have a child in middle or high school that needs orthodontic correction, we are here to help get them on board. Some children are only mildly affected by the thought of wearing braces, as they may have several peers in braces as well. We can make sure your adolescent child understands that modern braces are not as uncomfortable or intimidating as they were in the past. Modern braces come in a variety of styles and colors to choose from. Most importantly, wearing braces is a small sacrifice towards a confident and beautiful smile for the rest of their life.
For teens that need minor or moderate smile adjustments but are resisting metal brackets, Dr. Kincer offers advanced clear braces systems. Your child may be a candidate for clear ceramic braces or Invisalign Teen. We will take extra measures to ensure your older child or teenager feels comfortable and encouraged about their orthodontic treatment plan.
When choosing Dr. Kincer for adolescent orthodontics, you can expect superior, patient-centered care from beginning to end. Not only does our office offer relaxing, family-friendly amenities, but our young patients love interacting with Dr. Kincer during their visits. Creating a positive experience for your child is our top priority.
For more information about our adolescent treatment options or to schedule your initial consultation, please contact the office of Dr. William R. Kincer today.