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:
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
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, they might not work for everyone.
Clear aligners are a series of customized, clear trays, made popular by Invisalign®. They’re made of soft plastic and provide a comfortable orthodontic experience. Clear aligners work 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.