Phase Two orthodontic treatment, or “regular” orthodontic treatment, can begin once all permanent teeth have erupted, typically around the age of 12. Here are some common reasons why adolescents may need braces:

  • Correct misaligned teeth: Aligning teeth that are crooked, crowded, or have gaps improves the smile and oral function.
  • Bring in impacted teeth: Sometimes, permanent teeth fail to grow in properly. The best time to creating space and guide in impacted teeth is during the young teenage years.
  • Improve the bite: Braces can fix bite problems such as an overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite, which can impact chewing, speech and overall oral health.
  • Prevent future dental issues: Straight teeth are much easier to maintain, which can prevent issues such as tooth decay, gum disease, and uneven wear on teeth.
  • Boost self-confidence: An improved smile can boost a teenager’s self-esteem and confidence, and we are all about making you look absolutely radiant.

Addressing these issues as soon as all permanent teeth have erupted is important, as this will help preserve the dentition as teeth are aligned before any damage occurs. Teens who undergo treatment will also have an improved smile at an earlier age, and treatment may move faster as the body is more adaptable compared to during adulthood!

Overall, beginning orthodontic treatment during the adolescent years can result in a healthier, more attractive smile, improved oral function, and increased overall well-being at an earlier age.

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