Orthodontic treatment delivers lifelong advantages by fostering a beautiful and healthy smile.
Orthodontic treatment is best initiated during the transition from baby teeth to permanent teeth, typically around age 13.
It addresses issues like:
- Benefiting both appearance and oral health.
Signs that your teenager may benefit from orthodontic treatment include:
- Spacing between teeth
- Symptoms like chronic headaches or jaw pain
Early intervention promotes optimal oral health, functional bite alignment, and a confident smile.
Various options are available for orthodontic treatment.
Depending on the individual’s needs and budget, a wide range of treatment options are available in orthodontics. Here are some potential choices to consider:
When braces come to mind, the image of bulky metal brackets with wires often arises. However, modern dental brackets have evolved to become smaller, less conspicuous, and equally effective compared to their bulkier predecessors. These contemporary braces are easier to maintain hygiene-wise and offer enhanced comfort.
If you’re searching for braces, we provide an alternative option of clear brackets that are especially favoured by our young adult patients. These brackets are skillfully designed to blend traditional orthodontics with subtlety. With just a brief glance, the braces will go unnoticed by anyone.
Clear aligners, like Invisalign, have gained popularity for gradually shifting teeth into position. These custom-made transparent trays fit precisely and can be removed for eating, brushing, and occasional events.
The Cost Of Orthodontic Treatment
Orthodontic treatment typically ranges from $3000 to $5000+ with insurance coverage. We can provide an accurate quote after an oral exam to determine your insurance coverage and out-of-pocket expenses. Without insurance, the cost is usually around $4000 to $6000+. The expenses reflect the complexity and materials involved in orthodontic procedures.
Several factors contribute to the cost of orthodontic treatment:
- The patient’s current oral health, including the condition of their teeth and gums
- The extent of tooth movement required
- The specific type of orthodontic treatment selected
- The duration of the treatment period
Since every smile is unique, the most accurate way to determine the ideal treatment and associated out-of-pocket costs is by scheduling a consultation. During this examination, a personalized treatment plan can be created, providing an accurate timeline and cost estimation tailored to your specific needs.
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to schedule an initial consultation & exam.
Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.
Frequently Asked Questions
Orthodontic treatment for teens typically begins between the ages of 11 and 15, when most of their permanent teeth have emerged. However, the exact timing may vary depending on the individual’s orthodontic needs.
The duration of orthodontic treatment for teens can vary, but on average, it ranges from 1 to 3 years. The duration depends on factors such as the severity of the orthodontic issues, the type of braces used, and the individual’s response to treatment.
Yes, there are alternatives to traditional metal braces that are popular among teens. Clear aligners, such as Invisalign, are transparent trays that gradually move teeth into position. These aligners are removable and offer a more discreet option for orthodontic treatment.
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Some common challenges during orthodontic treatment for teens include soreness or discomfort after adjustments, difficulty eating certain foods, and maintaining oral hygiene. Over-the-counter pain relievers, orthodontic wax, and a soft food diet can help manage discomfort. Good oral hygiene practices, including proper brushing and flossing techniques, are crucial to prevent issues like plaque buildup and tooth decay.
Yes, teens can continue to participate in sports and other activities while wearing braces. However, it is important to wear a protective mouthguard during contact sports to safeguard the braces and teeth. Your orthodontist can provide guidance on the best mouthguard options.