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Braces for teenagers

Orthodontics during the teenage years : During adolescence, the body transforms at a rapid pace. The teeth come to full maturity, all the baby teeth have fallen. Orthodontics during teenage years is the best time to prepare and fix the form of the future adult teeth.

The teeth can easily move and the bone restructures at a very high speed.

The jaw is not completely ossified so it is possible to enlarge it if necessary without forcing anything.

The bottom jaw has its main growth site at the bottom of the head of the condyle on the upright branch, and it is possible to favorably guide the growth if necessary.

They are some exceptions that can’t allow a 100% rectification due to different genetic reasons.

Braces for teenagers

Braces are typically the treatment of choice from most orthodontic problems. The most common age range for orthodontic treatment is 12 to 15. By age 12, most permanent teeth have erupted, and crooked teeth, gaps, and bite issues are easy to identify. Typically, these problems will not improve without orthodontic intervention. Teenagers generally wear braces for 1 to 3 years, but every case is different. Factors such as severity of the orthodontic problem, patient growth, gum and bone response to the tooth moving process, and patient cooperation all impact the length of the orthodontic treatment. Teenagers who eat right, practice good dental hygiene, and follow all instructions typically complete treatment on time. Once the braces are removed, a retainer is typically worn for a specific amount of time to ‘retain’ the corrections that were made.

Dr. Alain Brault, Orthodontist in Montreal and Mont-Tremblant