While many people have corrective orthodontic procedures done early in their lives, it is not uncommon for teens to undergo orthodontic treatments. At first, the idea of braces as a teenager may seem unattractive or uncomfortable. But crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to gum and bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear of the tooth enamel and surfaces, headaches, and jaw joint (TMJ/TMD) pain. This is why it is essential you visit Elmhurst orthodontist, Rekha Gehani, DDS.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age seven. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but will help anticipate the best time to begin treatment, which may begin during the patient’s teenage years. At first, the idea of braces as a teenager may seem unaesthetic or uncomfortable. However, Dr. Gehani has several different options for our patients considering braces, allowing for an orthodontic treatment that best suits the individual needs of each patient. The most common form of orthodontic treatment is the installation of traditional, metal dental braces that help straighten teeth, remove gaps, and correct overbites. However, among the most common complaints when dealing with orthodontic treatment, especially from our teenage patients, is that braces are unaesthetic and unattractive. In order to address this issue, we also offer several different kinds of clear and invisible braces. Furthermore, expanders may also be utilized to widen the upper jaw so that the bottom and upper teeth will fit together better. Retainers are then often worn to help ensure teeth remain in their new position after braces have been removed.
So if your teenage son or daughter is looking to straighten their teeth, whether for cosmetic or medical purposes, then it’s time you call Elmhurst orthodontist, Rekha Gehani, DDS. We will be more than happy to discuss the varied options for braces, and help you decide which orthodontic treatment is the right choice for your teenager.