Posted on April 26, 2023
Orthodontic services are critical for a person’s health, no matter their age. For example, according to a survey by the National Health and Nutritional Examination, about 15% of the US has orthodontic problems that affect their oral function. Teenagers especially are frequently treated for orthodontic problems, so having a lot of options ensures the problems can be fixed. Keep reading to find out which treatment is best for your teen.
Being the most common orthodontic treatment, braces provide many benefits. They help correct your teeth and ensure their alignment remains proper. Furthermore, braces can help with bite problems, correcting issues like minor overbites and underbites.
These orthodontic tools help to correct minor orthodontic issues and correct a teenager’s teeth. They fit comfortably over individual teeth and slowly correct their alignment. You’ll have to install and remove them every day, giving you more control over your orthodontic health.
One of the crucial aspects of teen orthodontics is retainers. Retainers are made to fit the exact size and placement of your teeth and keep them in that position. In a sense, they “retain” your corrected shape after treatment and ensure that it doesn’t worsen.
A mouthguard protects your teeth from serious damage, including when playing sports or jogging. They’re also a good choice for people who grind their teeth at night. Typically, your orthodontist will fit you with a personalized mouthguard that slides smoothly over your teeth to provide maximum protection. Note that they don’t change your teeth’ position but simply protect them from damage.
Though rare, your orthodontist may need to remove a tooth. Typically, this occurs when the tooth is impacted or causes alignment issues that other treatments cannot manage. It’s similar to surgery but less severe because it’s typically done in less than an hour and rarely requires extensive aftercare. Later, you may get a replacement tooth, if necessary.
Orthodontists typically try to avoid surgery until having exhausted all other care options. At this point, surgery can help restore your bite and balance your teeth. Just as importantly, it can help protect your jaw and ensure that it remains as healthy as possible to support your oral health.
These different teen orthodontics can help you or your child get the best care possible. If you’re still uncertain which works best for you, please reach out to Chelian Orthodontics today to learn more. Our team of professionals can help you choose a treatment option that fits well into your child’s needs.
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