What Are Adolescent Ortho Treatments?
Being a teenager causes several significant changes in their life, and often, kids feel concerned about what they wear and their perception of themselves during this time. For many teens, wearing braces is almost like a rite of passage, but this time in their lives is perfect for orthodontic care. Typically, at age 13, most teens have lost their baby teeth, and all the adult teeth have come in. Because of this, many teens may benefit from treatments that address bite problems, function, and appearance. While it may not seem like fun to them, it can create a beautiful, healthy smile that helps them throughout their life. Our skilled orthodontists in Lancaster, PA can help your teen with issues, such as teeth that are crooked, stick out, or overlap, with a wide selection of orthodontic appliances. Please schedule a consultation for your teen to learn more.
Adolescent Ortho Treatment Reviews
"Took my Daughter to her orthodontics appt today and Hollie was such a pleasure. She was kind and super funny, even my daughter kept saying how much she liked her. She made sure to answer all my questions and made us feel 100% welcome and cared about. She is such a wonderful addition to the office! Dr. H was just as pleasant and explained everything to me and his plan for further treatment. The experience today has been so great that I wish LPDA took my sons insurance so he too could be seen here. sadly since he has it through the state for his Autism, LPDA doesn't accept Amerihealth."- A. / Google / Jul 06, 2023
"A HUGE shout out to Hollie, for going above and beyond! This 5 star rating is for YOU! I needed to make an immediate appointment for my son, but I couldn't get ahold of anyone to schedule it. I called all day, left messages on almost every voice mail, and heard from no one. Finally, I left a message on Hollie's voicemail (orthodontics dept), and within 5 mins, she called me back. She took all my info, put me on hold, and walked it over to someone at the dentist office front desk. We had our appointment today, and I STILL have not heard from anyone that I left a message for 3 days ago. THANK YOU, Hollie!! 😊"- H.G. / Google / Nov 23, 2023
Is my teen a good candidate for adolescent ortho treatments?
As we get older, orthodontic concerns can be harder to address. Not to say that many adults still don’t benefit from braces, but it does become more difficult. During the teenage years, the body is rapidly growing. Undergoing professional orthodontic treatment works best when the teeth and jaw are still easy to adjust. It makes the treatment time much shorter because of this rapid development period. However, some patients may still need early orthodontic intervention as children. Because of this, we recommend bringing your child in for an assessment around age seven. We generally recommend braces or other appliances to treat things, like:
- Bite issues, like overbites, openbite, crossbites, or underbites
- Teeth that stick out
- Rotated teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Gaps in between teeth
- Misaligned teeth
What Should We Expect during Teen ortho treatments?
Orthodontic treatments during the teen years may start around age 11 or when all adult teeth have emerged. Our orthodontists will take 3D imaging of the jaw and teeth and create impressions of the lower or top arches. With the help of these diagnostic devices, we can personalize your son or daughter’s orthodontic plan and discuss the treatment options. Their plan may have traditional metal braces, Invisalign® Teen clear aligners, or palatal expanders. The treatment can take around 6 – 30 months, depending on the teen’s overall condition and the ability to follow the treatment plan closely.
What Follow-Up Care is needed for Teen ortho Treatment?
Maintaining a good oral health routine is critical to the success of your teen’s orthodontic results. Brackets, archwires, bands, and other appliances can accumulate food really easily. If not properly cared for, your teen may run the risk of damaging or discoloring their teeth. We will show them how to properly care for their teeth, including brushing, flossing, and using a safe mouth rinse for braces.
After your teen completes his or her orthodontic care, we provide a retainer to hold the teeth in place. This will help their jaw and teeth get used to the new changes and encourage them to stay in their proper position. We take impressions for the retainer during this part and send the measurements to the lab for developing the retainer. To keep their new smile healthy and beautiful, parents should schedule routine cleanings and dental exams for long-term care.
Does Insurance Cover Teen Ortho Treatments?
Adolescent ortho treatments may be covered in part by dental insurance. Our team can contact your insurer to understand your coverage and figure out your out-of-pocket costs. If you are not using insurance, we can discuss the payments we accept, including medical financing.
Adolescent Ortho Treatment FAQ
What types of teeth-straightening treatments are available for my teenager?
We proudly offer several types of orthodontic treatments for teens, including Invisalign and traditional braces, at our Lancaster, PA dental clinic. To learn more about which orthodontic treatment may fit your needs and lifestyle best, call our office to schedule a consultation.
How long will my teen need to wear braces?
The length of time your teen will need to wear braces will depend on their unique oral needs. Generally speaking, many teens need to wear orthodontics for 18 – 24 months.
Does my teen need a special toothbrush when they have braces?
Though a special toothbrush is not required, our team recommends using a soft-bristled toothbrush when brushing teeth with braces. An interdental toothbrush can also be used when flossing teeth with braces.
A Straighter Smile
Help your teen have a healthy, stunning smile with straight teeth that improve their overall oral health. Our team at Lancaster Pediatric Dental Associates in Lancaster, PA can discuss if orthodontics works best for treating your child’s oral health concerns. Please schedule a consultation to learn more about their treatment options and help them for years to come.