What is the best age to straighten your teeth?

Orthodontics can be an effective solution for straightening teeth at any age, but seeking orthodontics as a teenager could ensure the best results

Seeking orthodontic treatment has become common practice among parents wishing to have their children’s teeth straightened. One of the main reasons for this is the evolution of modern orthodontic treatments and the wide range of options now available.

Although this may be the case, you could be wondering when the best time to seek orthodontic treatment actually is?

Orthodontic treatment is most effective during adolescence

Because the jaws are still developing until around 17 years of age, adolescent’s teeth are easier to move as the jawbone has not set to its permanent position. Although the best age for treatment can vary from child to child, early intervention of any malocclusion (abnormal alignment of the teeth) prior to the full development of the jaw can be beneficial.

Even if you don’t suspect any sort of orthodontic issue, having your child’s teeth checked by an orthodontist could save time and money in the future.

What are the signs your child might need orthodontic treatment?

Although the Victoria Park Dental Specialists team recommend that every child should be considered for some level of orthodontic evaluation, there can be a number of signs which might indicate that your child could need specialised treatment. These include:

  • Discomfort and social issues
  • Teeth which don’t meet when biting
  • Overcrowded teeth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Difficulties biting and chewing
  • Difficulty when pronouncing certain words or sounds

What options are available for teenagers?

As with adults, there are a wide range of treatments to solve a number of orthodontic concerns. These options include Invisalign clear aligners, traditional braces, and clear braces.

Invisalign

Invisalign clear aligners are a virtually invisible solution which can be removed when eating and playing sport. Invisalign is a series of aligners which work to gradually move your teeth into position over a period of time. It is a great solution for those wishing to straighten their teeth, without the appearance of metal braces.

Traditional Braces

Traditional braces are a reliable and incredibly effective solution, which have been around for over 100 years. Traditional braces can be more cost effective than other treatments whilst providing similar results. However, they are more visible than other treatments.

Clear Braces

Clear braces can provide you with the results of traditional braces, without the appearance of larger metal brackets. Clear braces are made of ceramics and can be colour matched to your smile. Some orthodontic treatments that offer aesthetic benefits are only able to correct minor issues but clear braces can treat almost all orthodontic concerns.

Orthodontics for teenagers at Victoria Park Dental Specialists

At Victoria Park Dental Specialists in Adelaide we strive to provide the best orthodontic treatment, complimented by the highest quality of service for our patients.

If you’re in the greater Adelaide area and are looking for orthodontic treatment for your children, contact our friendly team today; or for more information about our services, download our FREE children’s orthodontics guide!