During adolescence, orthodontic treatment benefits the total oral health of your growing child. Every child is unique and grows and develops different from others, which is why there is no specific age that is best to begin treatment. Dr. Wiesemann is trained to supervise growth and development and determine the best time start treatment in order to fix crooked teeth, gaps and bad bites as efficiently as possible. Usually, when a teenage patient undergoes orthodontic treatment and achieves a healthy, beautiful, straight smile, he or she has improved self-confidence.
Orthodontic treatment not only creates a beautiful smile but also improves bad bites (malocclusion) that may adversely affect other areas of a teenager’s life. Malocclusion occurs as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment and can affect the way people smile, chew, clean their teeth or feel about themselves.
Possible Benefits From Adolescent Orthodontic Treatment
The following problems caused by malocclusion, or bad bite, may be helped with proper orthodontic treatment:
- Misaligned & crooked teeth
- Crowded teeth, missing teeth, or extra teeth
- Overbite, underbite, or crossbite
- Misaligned or incorrect jaw position
- Disorders of the jaw joint (TMD)