Braces for Teens in Charles County and St. Mary’s County, MD
With convenient offices in Waldorf and Leonardtown, serving Charles County and St. Mary’s County, Maryland, Sequence Orthodontics provides braces and other orthodontic solutions for teens and youth in Maryland who require orthodontic care to improve their smile and oral health.
What Are Braces for Teens?
Dental braces for teens are orthodontic devices designed to align and straighten teeth, adjust the position of the bite and improve overall oral health. When applied during the teen years, braces effectively correct and prevent overbites, underbites, malocclusions, crooked teeth, crowded or improperly spaced teeth and other structural or cosmetic conditions of the teeth and jaw. Dental braces may be applied to teens along with other orthodontic devices and treatments to help widen the palate or jaws, or to otherwise align the teeth and jaws, improving overall oral function.
Why Is It a Good Idea to Wear Braces as a Teen?
Although childhood is the best time for orthodontic treatment since the effects will improve oral health for the majority of the patient’s life, in some cases preventing problems from developing in the future, the same may be said of treatment during the teen years. Teens enjoy the advantage of shorter orthodontic treatment than the length of time required for adults. Teens also benefit from increased self-confidence and self-esteem as a result of the improvement that braces provide to their overall appearance.
Is My Son or Daughter a Candidate for Teen Braces?
Although braces may be applied at any age, there are many benefits to wearing braces during the teen years, as this is an age when young people begin to worry about their self-image and seek improvements to their appearance. Braces applied to teens may provide lifelong oral health benefits.
How Long Will My Teen Have to Wear Braces?
The average length of time for orthodontic treatment in teens is about 18 to 24 months, although some cases may require shorter or longer treatment periods. Typically, treatment of young children takes less time than treatment of older patients, although treatment of teens is still fairly rapid compared to adult treatment.
Are Teen Braces Painful or Uncomfortable?
Although the application procedure is typically not painful, there may be some discomfort as the teeth begin to shift due to the pressure from the wires and elastic ligatures. Patients may also experience discomfort following each orthodontist appointment whenever their braces are adjusted, and this may last several days. Over-the-counter pain medication normally provides relief, and dental wax may also be applied to the braces to prevent them from irritating the inside of the mouth. Our staff will provide detailed instructions on how to use the wax at your application appointment.
What Should I Do Next?
If you are a parent of a teen who wishes to improve their overall dental health and appearance in Charles County or St. Mary’s County, Maryland, contact our Waldorf or Leonardtown office to schedule an appointment to discuss teen braces with the staff at Sequence Orthodontics.