Invest in Your Teen

The teen years (between the ages of 12 and 16) are the most common time for orthodontic treatment because most permanent teeth will be in place.

Luckily, advances in orthodontics have created solutions that make the treatment process much easier than ever before.

All About Teen Orthodontics

Experienced orthodontists like Dr. Sheinis can easily recognize issues with spacing, crowding, bite, and alignment at this time, and your teen’s bone and jaw structure are formed enough to allow orthodontic treatment to begin.

Some teens may have even started Phase I treatment at an earlier age, and are now following it up with full braces or other orthodontic treatment.

Beyond outward appearances, untreated dental problems can have a lasting impact on your teen’s oral and overall health.

If you notice any of the following issues, we recommend a complimentary consultation with Dr. Sheinis at Shiney Smiles Orthodontics, since they could be signs your teen may benefit from orthodontic treatment.

  • Difficulty with chewing or biting
  • Early, late, or irregular loss of their baby teeth
  • Crowding or extra spacing between teeth
  • Protrusion of teeth
  • Frequent biting of the cheek or the inside of the mouth
  • Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all
  • Jaws that shift or make sounds
  • Jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face

Benefits of a Straight Smile

Straight teeth that respond well to orthodontic treatment have many benefits, including:

  • Being less prone to wear and tear, chipping, and tooth trauma
  • Being easier to keep clean, helping to prevent tooth decay and cavities
  • Reducing the chances of developing gum disease, which can result in bone loss, decay, and tooth loss
  • Improving proper chewing and digestion of food

Bad Bites

Diagnosing and successfully treating certain bite problems 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
young girl with braces

Choose Your Look

While creating a customized treatment plan for your teen, we might recommend an orthodontic appliance.

Here at Shiney Smiles Orthodontics, we offer:

Metal Braces

Braces have come a very long way, even within the past decade. They’re nothing like the extremely bulky and uncomfortable metal braces that may come to mind.

We don't use this type of bulky orthodontic appliance, and many of the new braces are lighter and more comfortable than ever before.

Ceramic Braces

Also known as clear braces, these work the same way metal braces do but feature brackets made of tooth-colored ceramic materials.

They blend in with your teen’s smile, making them much less obvious. Since ceramic braces are slightly more prone to breaking, and a little costlier than metal braces, they may not be best for everyone.

Invisalign® for Teens

The Invisalign system is made up of a series of fully customized, clear trays called aligners. These aligners are nearly invisible and totally removable.

Made of soft plastic, they provide a more comfortable orthodontic experience, with no friction or abrasions inside your teen’s mouth.

Using the system is simple. Just switch your aligner for the next in the set every week, and wear them for 20-22 hours per day. If your teen follows these instructions, the teeth will gradually move in the right direction.

Invisalign works best for mild to moderate orthodontic issues, and may not be an option if your teen needs more serious treatment.

FAQs About Teen Orthodontics

Make an Investment in Your Teen’s Smile Today

Orthodontic treatment is an investment in your teen’s future. During your free consultation, Dr. Sheinis will be happy to discuss the benefits of treatment and the risk of putting it off.

Although adults can successfully complete orthodontic treatment, a teen’s jaws and teeth can respond quicker to orthodontic treatment, shortening their total treatment time.