Adolescent treatment with an orthodontist is commonly referred to as phase two treatment because it follows the first phase of orthodontic care known as early treatment. This second phase of treatment involves wearing braces, or other forms of orthodontic appliances like Invisalign, to straighten the teeth and correctly align the jaw.
Why Wait Until Adolescence?
Orthodontists wait until patients are at least twelve years of age before utilizing braces because by this age most, if not all, permanent teeth have erupted. As a result, crooked teeth, gaps, and bad bites become easily detectable.
Since such problems rarely correct themselves, this is when parents typically decide to seek orthodontic treatment for their children—late enough that all teeth are grown in, but early enough to avoid the burden of braces in high school.
During their adolescent years, children grow very rapidly. Your local North Scarborough orthodontist can usually take advantage of these growth spurts by helping to shape the bite and teeth correctly. Furthermore, the high metabolisms of teenagers can help shorten overall treatment time and reduce the discomfort of orthodontic treatment.
Types of Braces
There are many types of braces used for adolescent treatment, for example traditional metal braces and ceramic braces (otherwise known as clear braces due to their translucent brackets). Additionally, another popular form of orthodontic treatment for adolescents is Invisalign. Invisalign relies on a series of clear, comfortable trays called aligners to straighten teeth instead of brackets and wires.
Getting Started Today
There is no comparing the confidence that comes with having a healthy and beautiful smile. To get your child started with adolescent treatment, contact Braceland Orthodontists today—home of your trusted, Greater Toronto Area orthodontist, Dr. Stanley Markin. Dr. Markin and his entire North Scarborough team look forward to helping your child smile brighter!