The Gift of a Confident Smile
Teen Orthodontics in Wyomissing
Teenagers go through a lot as they grow and become adults, and it’s very common for teens to have orthodontic issues that require treatment with braces. A crooked smile can harm your teen’s confidence and can also lead to further dental issues in the future as your teen grows into an adult. If you think your teenager may need braces, give us a call or come to Molly Hottenstein Orthodontics to schedule an appointment.
Recognizing Orthodontic Issues
Does My Teen Need Braces?
If your teen is self-conscious about their teeth and tends to avoid smiling and laughing due to crooked or otherwise improperly positioned teeth, this is an indication that they may need braces. You might also notice issues like gaps or teeth that stick out when your child smiles, or teeth that don’t meet when they bite down.
To determine if your teen needs braces, book a free consultation with Dr. Molly Hottenstein. She will examine your teen’s smile and help you determine whether braces are the best option for their needs.
When to Schedule a Visit
Common Orthodontic Issues for Teens
Crooked and crowded teeth are common issues for teens, as are large gaps in the teeth. Uneven teeth may also be an issue as your teen grows, and bite problems may become more prominent as their adult teeth come in and their baby teeth fall out. If your teen suffers from one or more of these issues, it may be time to schedule an orthodontic consultation with Dr. Molly Hottenstein.
Encouraging Healthy Habits
When Should My Child Get Braces
After your teen gets braces, it’s important to encourage your child to care for their orthodontic work properly. It’s harder to clean the teeth when wearing braces, and the tenderness of frequent adjustments means your teenager may be more likely to skip brushing and flossing.
We recommend speaking to your teen one-on-one about this. Talk to them like an adult and lay out the facts. Orthodontic treatment is a long-term investment and they’ll need to care for their orthodontic work properly to keep their teeth healthy and ensure their treatment goes well.
It is a good idea to ask them if there are any ways you can help them maintain their daily care routine. For example, they may find it helpful if you remind them to brush or keep products like floss threaders on hand to aid in flossing properly. Check-in with your teen regularly to see how they’re feeling about their oral care routine.
Our Comprehensive Services
What is Phase 1 Orthodontics
Braces are the most common orthodontic treatment for teenagers, and are typically the most cost-effective and efficient way to adjust your teen’s smile. There are many different types of braces, including traditional braces, ceramic braces, and lingual (hidden) braces.
Invisalign is also an option if your teen wants a more subtle, discreet treatment. It is removable and invisible when worn, and offers great results with a short treatment time. However, patients with more severe orthodontic issues may be better suited for traditional braces. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Molly today to learn more about orthodontic options for your teenager!