Getting teens ready for the real world often involves orthodontics. Surrounded by classmates and friends undergoing treatment, teen patients are amenable to treatment and more confident than ever about wearing braces. They are eager to grow and change into the best version of themselves. They understand that a smile that functions well and looks fabulous helps them on the way to be the best they can be. They are very, very happy on the day their braces come off and their long-awaited smile is unveiled.
The teen and pre-teen years are the most common age group for orthodontics. It is a time when the remaining baby teeth have fallen out and the permanent teeth are in. The body is still growing and more receptive to the changes that orthodontic treatment can bring. When jaw bones are fully developed, many orthodontic conditions become harder and more expensive to treat.
Our office offers mini metal braces, smaller and lighter than ever; clear braces which blend with your teeth and are harder to notice; and Invisalign, removable clear trays that gradually straighten teeth when worn 22 hours a day. Other appliances may also be recommended to create a beautiful, functional smile. Dr. Huwer creates a treatment plan for each teen’s specific needs and he is happy to discuss the benefits of one approach over another in the case of each particular child. He is aware that parents know their teen better than anyone and will discuss options when they exist so that the best course of treatment is taken.