for Teens: An Overview
Dealing with kids
during their teenage years can be very challenging.
A particular challenge for a parent involves advising
your teenaged kid that he or she is going to have to
obtain some cosmetic dentistry from an orthodontist.
Telling a teen that he or she is going to have to get
braces can be a truly challenging experience.
Through this article,
you will be provided some basic information about cosmetic
dentistry, orthodontic treatment and your teenaged child.
When to Begin Orthodontic Treatments
The majority of adolescent
patients begin orthodontic treatment between the ages
of nine and sixteen. This is an ideal time because the
child is still growing and the jawbone is still somewhat
soft. This means that orthodontic treatment can be successfully
completed relatively quickly and easily. It is important
that the child receive treatment because teeth that
are not in alignment or are crooked are difficult to
clean. This can lead to inflammation of the gums and
pain, which can lead to the inability to chew correctly.
This can cause digestion problems in the child. Therefore,
orthodontic problems that go untreated can cause substantial
Problems for Teenaged Children
The majority of orthodontic
problems are genetic. This can include teeth crowding,
protruding upper teeth (overbite), extra or missing
teeth, excess space between teeth and certain jaw growth
problems. However, some orthodontic problems are acquired
due to lifestyle and certain personal traits. Thumb
sucking contributes greatly to crooked teeth. Poor dental
hygiene, accidents, poor nutrition, dental disease and
other problems can also contribute to orthodontic problems.
Some medical problems may also be culprits. Sometimes
a genetic problem is compounded by a problem that is
acquired. While this may pose an additional challenge
to the orthodontist, they often can be remedied.
Recommended Types of Orthodontic Treatments
to correct these types of problems usually includes,
to some degree, braces. There are several types of braces,
but the most popular among teens are of the metal variety,
colored and clear. Young people enjoy the fun, funky
colored braces. They can choose from just about every
color imaginable including their school’s colors. They
can add sparkles and other embellishments to fit individual
personalities and may make braces worn during the awkward
teen years a little less traumatic and a little more
fun. Braces are also available in tooth colored varieties
and are barely detectable.