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Invest in Your Austin Teen
The most common time for orthodontic treatment in Austin and Bee Cave is during the teen years. It’s between the ages of 12 and 16 because most permanent teeth will be in place.
Luckily, some new solutions we have at Luv Braces work to make your teen’s treatment process much easier than ever before.
Benefits of a Straight Smile
Straight teeth that respond well to orthodontic treatment have many benefits, including:
- Less prone to wear and tear, chipping, and tooth trauma
- Easier to keep clean, helping to prevent tooth decay and cavities
- Reduced chance of developing gum disease, which can result in bone loss, decay, and tooth loss
- Improved chewing and digestion of food
All About Teen Orthodontics in Bee Cave
Experienced orthodontists like Dr. Tahbaz and Dr. Rezapour can easily recognize issues with spacing, crowding, bite, and alignment in this age range, and your teen’s bone and jaw structure are formed enough for us to successfully and safely begin orthodontic treatment.
Some teens may have even started Phase I treatment at an earlier age and are now following it up with full braces or other orthodontic treatment.
Beyond outward appearances, untreated dental problems can have a lasting impact on your teen’s oral and overall health.
If you notice any of the following issues, we recommend a free consultation with Dr. Tahbaz or Dr. Rezapour at Luv Braces since they could be signs your teen may benefit from orthodontic treatment.
- Early, late, or irregular loss of their baby teeth
- Frequent biting of the cheek or the inside of the mouth
- Difficulty with chewing or biting
- Crowding or extra spacing between teeth
- Jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face
- Jaws that shift or make sounds
- Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all
- Protrusion of teeth
Diagnosing and successfully treating certain bite problems can have short-term and long-term benefits.
Problems classified as “bad bites” can often be minimized with the proper orthodontic treatment, including:
- Crooked or crowded teeth
- Missing or extra teeth
- An overbite or underbite
- Incorrect jaw position
- A disorder of the jaw joint
Choose Your Look
While creating a customized treatment plan for your teen, we might recommend an orthodontic appliance.
Here at Luv Braces, we offer:
Braces have come a very long way, even within the past decade. When many people think of braces, they think of extremely bulky metal brackets.
We don't use this type of bulky orthodontic appliance. Many of the new braces are lighter and more comfortable than ever before.
The Invisalign system is made up of a series of fully customized, clear trays called aligners. These aligners are nearly invisible and totally removable.
Made of soft plastic, they provide a more comfortable orthodontic experience, with no friction or abrasions inside your teen’s mouth.
Each week your teen will switch their aligner for the next in the set. When worn the recommended 20-22 hours per day, your teen’s teeth will gradually move into the desired positions.
Invisalign works best for mild to moderate orthodontic issues and may not be an option if your teen needs more significant treatment.
Also known as clear braces, these work the same way metal braces do but feature brackets made of tooth-colored ceramic materials.
They blend in with your teen’s smile, making them much less obvious. Since ceramic braces are slightly more prone to breaking and a little costlier than metal braces, they may not be best for everyone.
Lingual braces have braces that are placed on the back of your teeth instead of the front. These braces are custom-made to fit your mouth, and are completely invisible.
FAQs About Teen Orthodontics in Austin + Bee Cave
Make an Investment in Your Teen’s Smile Today
Orthodontic treatment is an investment in your child’s future. By scheduling a free consultation, Dr. Tahbaz and Dr. Rezapour will be happy to discuss the benefits of treatment with both of you, as well as any of the risks with putting off or skipping treatment.
Although adults can successfully complete orthodontic treatment at Luv Braces, a teen’s jaws and teeth can respond quicker to orthodontic treatment, which shortens their total time in treatment.