The teenage years are the most common time for orthodontic treatment. That’s because by age 12, most, if not all, of your adult teeth have erupted. Crooked teeth rarely correct themselves, so this is when the majority of people seek orthodontic treatment.
For most people, pubertal growth spurt occurs during teenage years. If the upper and lower jaws are malaligned, orthopaedic treatment may be carried out at this time for growth guidance to improve the relationship between upper and lower jaws. To learn more about orthopaedic treatment, please refer to Orthopaedic Treatment on our website.
You probably will not know for sure if your teenager will need braces until he or she had a consultation with the orthodontist. However, here are a few signs you may look out for, indicating he/she is likely to benefit from visiting the orthodontist:
- Early, late, or irregular loss of baby teeth
- Delayed eruption of adult teeth
- Difficulty in chewing or biting
- Teeth are crowded, blocked out, or misplaced
- Teeth are too far forward or sticking out
- Thumb- or finger-sucking
- Small or large lower jaw
- Missing teeth
- Upper teeth that are biting on the inside of lower teeth
These are just a few rather obvious signs that braces may benefit your child. However, a lot of other bite issues may not be picked up until a radiograph and a thorough assessment by your orthodontist is performed.
Treatment for aligning crooked teeth usually involves braces or clear aligners. Braces are effective tools for straightening crooked teeth. With new technologies, modern braces are much smaller and less visible compared to traditional braces. Clear braces are made of ceramic that is designed to blend with the tooth colour. Clear aligners straighten your teeth with a series of invisible, removable, clear coloured aligners.
The bones are more malleable in growing teenagers during puberty. To avoid surgeries in future, plates may be used during this window of accelerated growth period to address certain jaw discrepancies.
To find out more about orthodontic treatment for teenagers, see one of our specialist orthodontists for an assessment.