Adolescence is often the best time for orthodontic treatments.
During adolescence, the permanent teeth have all come in and the jaws are still growing. Thanks to the most advanced techniques in orthodontics, it is possible to take advantage of this period of active growth to maximize the final results, both in terms of the alignment of the teeth and position of the jaws.
Based on your teen’s condition, he or she may be treated in one step once all of the permanent teeth have grown. There are several techniques available for teens depending on the diagnosis, their oral health, and preferences. These include conventional orthodontics with fixed attachments (orthodontic braces or brackets) or treatment using Invisalign (series of transparent aligners that gradually move).
As well, patients with a severe malocclusion or deficiencies in the growth of their jaws (e.g., a narrow palate) at a younger age would receive early or phase I treatment. As teens, these same patients may qualify for phase II treatment where the same techniques will be available.
Whether your teen requires a single phase of treatment or two phases, remember that a bright smile and good positioning of the teeth are long-term advantages for dental health and self-confidence.