Orthodontics for teens
Why is orthodontics for teens necessary?
Orthodontics for teens is important. Orthodontics is not merely for improving the aesthetics of the smile. Orthodontic treatment improves bad bites (malocclusions). Bad bites occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. Bad bites affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth or feel about your smile.
The most important reason for orthodontic treatment in children and especially during the early teenage years is growth. There is no other time in our life when more growth and development is taking place than during adolescence. It is much easier for Dr. Draper and his team to correct crowding and discrepancies in the teeth and jaws when we can take advantage of rapid growth and changes already taking place in the teenage patient. The teeth move much easier with less discomfort in the growing patient.
According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated bad bites can result in a variety of problems:
- Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease.
- Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping.
- Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear.
- Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments.