Invest in Your Teen’s Smile
The teen years (between the ages of 12 and 16) are the most common time for orthodontic treatment at Jennings Orthodontics because most permanent teeth will be in place.
Thankfully, some new solutions help Dr. Jennings to make your teenager’s time in braces much easier than ever before.
Teen Orthodontics in Louisville & Mt. Washington
Experienced orthodontists like Dr. Jennings can easily recognize spacing issues, crowding bite, and alignment in this age range. Your teen’s bone and jaw structure are formed enough to allow for safe orthodontic treatment.
Signs Your Teen Needs Treatment
A straight smile is about more than just the way teeth look. Untreated dental problems can have a lasting impact on your teen’s oral and overall health.
If you notice any of these issues, we recommend a free consultation with Dr. Jennings at Jennings Orthodontics.
- Early, late, or irregular loss of their baby teeth
- Difficulty with chewing or biting
- Crowding or extra spacing between teeth
- Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all
- Jaws that shift or make sounds
- Frequent biting of the cheek or the inside of the mouth
- Jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face
- Protrusion of teeth
Benefits of a Straight Smile
Straight teeth that respond well to orthodontic treatment at Jennings Orthodontics have many benefits.
Straight teeth are:
- Able to properly chew and digest food
- Easier to keep clean, preventing cavities and tooth decay
- Less likely to wear, tear, and chip
- Less likely to develop gum disease
Teenage Bite Problems
If Dr. Jennings can diagnose and successfully treating certain bite problems, it 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
Braces Options for Teens
While creating a customized treatment plan for your teen, Dr. Jennings might recommend an orthodontic appliance.
Here at Jennings Orthodontics, we offer:
Braces came a very long way, even within the past decade. When many people in Louisville and Mt. Washington think of braces, they think of extremely bulky metal brackets.
We don't use this type of bulky orthodontic appliance at Jennings Orthodontics, and new braces like our Rhodium options feel are more comfortable and lighter than ever before.
Sometimes called clear braces, these work the way as metal braces but feature tooth-colored ceramic materials. They blend in with your teen’s smile, making them much less obvious.
Since ceramic braces are slightly more likely to break and cost somewhat more than metal braces, they might not work for everyone around Louisville and Mt. Washington.
The Invisalign system uses a series of fully customized, clear trays called aligners. These aligners are nearly invisible and fully removable.
They’re made of soft plastic and 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 where Dr. Jennings wants them to.
Invisalign works best for mild to moderate orthodontic issues and may not be an option if your teen needs more serious treatment.
FAQs About Teen Orthodontics
Invest in Your Teen Today
Orthodontic treatment at Jennings Orthodontics is an investment in your child’s future. During your free consultation, Dr. Jennings will be happy to discuss the benefits of treatment as well as the risk of putting it off.
Although Louisville and Mt. Washington adults can also finish orthodontic treatment successfully, your teen’s jaws and teeth will respond quicker to orthodontic treatment, and shorten their total time in braces.