Adolescent Treatment

Your Mt. Airy, PA Orthodontist

v-braces5.jpgAt Moore Orthodontics, our mission is to provide the highest quality in orthodontic care that we can while maintaining a fun, friendly, and inviting office environment. Dr. Moore and our highly trained team of orthodontic specialists work hard to develop a relationship with each individual patient, and we strive to design customized treatment plans that fit each patient's unique orthodontic needs. We do everything we can to make orthodontic treatment convenient and fun, and nowhere is that more true than with our adolescent patients.

Adolescent Orthodontic Care

Braces have become something of a rite of passage in our culture. Along with physical growth, edgier tastes in clothes and music, and increasing self-awareness and independence, they help to signify the changes happening in teenagers' lives. But while it's certainly the national custom, are there medical reasons for receiving treatment at this age? In as word: yes.

Adolescence presents a golden window of opportunity for straightening the teeth. While the timeline is different for each patient, the permanent teeth have usually finished erupting by the age of 11-13, meaning any malocclusions and bite problems will have shown themselves by this age. But while the adult bite has more or less formed, the jaw structure retains a juvenile flexibility, making it more receptive to orthodontic treatment.

It's also important to know that over time, problems in alignment don't get better - they just get harder to treat. We can take advantage of the rapid growth rate of teenagers to move the teeth faster than at any other age, meaning whether treatment requires braces, palatal expanders, or Invisalign®, the necessary time will be reduced. As kids age, their bones develop more fully and increase in rigidity, making it more difficult and costly to treat problems.

A third advantage is a social and cultural one. The teen years are a prime time for braces because kids don't have to be alone! Most children need braces at this age, so they'll have plenty of friends and classmates getting treated in solidarity. When it's finished, they'll be able to carry a healthy, beautiful smile into their adult lives.

The Process of Phase II Orthodontics

The process varies by patient and depends heavily on the type of appliance needed. Generally, during your first visit with us, we'll perform an X-ray scan and take pictures of your mouth, potentially making a model of your bite. We'll use these measurements to develop a unique treatment plan - whether that be through regular braces, Invisalign, or any other service we offer. Here are some of our most common methods:

metal-braces.jpgMetal Braces: This is what everyone thinks when they hear the word "braces.” But while metal braces are well known, they're lighter and more aesthetically appealing than ever before, and many offer fun color customization options.

clear-braces.jpgClear Braces: Instead of metal, clear braces use ceramic or composite materials in their brackets, giving them a more discreet appearance. They're usually just as effective as braces, but they are slightly more costly.

clear-aligners.jpgInvisalign: This does away with metal brackets and wires altogether, using a series of removable, clear plastic trays (called aligners) to straighten the teeth. They're completely removable, meaning they come with no dietary restrictions and maintaining oral hygiene is a breeze. Plus, they're virtually invisible, so no one will know you're straightening your teeth, and Invisalign even makes a product designed especially for teenagers called Invisalign® Teen!

lingual-braces.jpgLingual Braces: These braces are truly invisible. They're similar to metal braces, but they're mounted on the back (tongue side) of the teeth - impossible for others to see!

When major tooth or jaw movement is called for, we may recommend other appliances. These can range from small devices that fit in the mouth to external headgear, but don't worry: you'll get used to them fast and they're completely temporary, and once you’re done, your smile will last you forever.

How Long Will Treatment Last?

It's different for everyone, but usually, you'll wear your appliances for 6 to 30 months. After that, you'll wear a retainer for another period of months. Once your treatment is over, you'll have a brand new, beautiful smile that will last a lifetime!

Contact Your Philadelphia, PA Orthodontic Specialist

Have more questions about adolescent orthodontics? We're always here to help. Feel free to reach out to us at our contact page or use our easy online form to schedule your next appointment at either of our two Philadelphia, PA offices. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to crafting you a gorgeous new smile!

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