Orthodontics for teens at AAA Orthodontics
The team at AAA Orthodontics are passionate about helping all patients achieve their smile goals at any stage of life.
When is the best age to get braces?
Throughout the teenage years, patients experience rapid developmental growth to their entire bodies including the mouth, teeth and jaws. Orthodontists are able to take advantage of this time as the tooth structures are not yet set in place. It makes orthodontic treatment very effective and efficient due to the malleable nature of the patient’s teeth. This means treatment times can be shorter than adult treatment times because teeth are less resistant to movement. To take advantage of this developmental stage, it is ideal to receive treatment before the age of 20.
In saying this, it is never too late to straighten your smile and AAA Orthodontics offers a range of treatments suitable for adults wishing to correct their smile.
Teeth straightening options
At AAA Orthodontics, we understand that one treatment plan isn’t right for everyone. We offer a comprehensive range of orthodontic solutions for our teenage patients, ranging from traditional braces through to virtually invisible Invisalign aligners.
Traditional braces are ideal for young patients as they are efficient and cost-effective. Traditional metal braces can be customised with a wide range of coloured rubber bands which is popular for early teens. When we are able to combine the efficient traditional braces with the developmental stage in teenagers, treatment is often very efficient with treatment times quite low.
While some teens may prefer the bright coloured options available through traditional metal braces, others would prefer a more discreet treatment option. Clear braces work in the same manner as conventional braces but have clear brackets instead of the traditional metal. We recommend this treatment for older teens and those with upcoming special events such as a school formal.
Incognito braces are attached to the inside surface of your teeth rather than the traditional outside. This provides a more discreet method of treatment for teen patients concerned with the look of traditional braces. This treatment is becoming increasingly more popular for teen patients as well as adults.
Invisalign for teens
AAA Orthodontics is proud to offer our patients Invisalign. This popular treatment straightens teeth using a series of clear, removable aligners. The aligners are made of a specialised clear plastic and work in a similar manner as braces, relying on a constant gentle pressure to move teeth into place. As the aligners are completely clear, the treatment is virtually invisible and very popular for patients wishing to transform their smile without the look of metal braces.
Teen Orthodontic FAQs
The decision to bring your child in for orthodontic treatments obviously lies very much with you and we can only advise you as best we can about what might be the right route to take with regards to their teeth and jaws. We normally screen young patients at around 7 years of age at which point we will discuss the available options and where improvements can be made. Should your child not require orthodontic treatment straight away, we will wait until such a time that they will benefit most from it.
Determining the exact cost of braces and orthodontic treatment, in general, can be very tricky because every patient’s situation is unique and requires different materials and care. When you or your child comes in to see us, we will thoroughly assess all the important facets and the best way in which to approach the concerns. During this initial consultation, we will plan your treatment so that you have an idea of what it will cost and also answer any queries you may have about orthodontic treatment and braces.
Securing your or your child’s dental future should also be viewed as a long-term investment and the benefits of orthodontic treatment can potentially be priceless in preventing any further issues.
Orthodontics is an area of dentistry that has become increasingly specialised in modern dentistry. This is because the techniques and treatments are very complex and need a highly trained and experienced practitioner in order to be performed successfully.
Your teeth and to an extent your whole facial structure are changed by orthodontic treatment and it is vitally important that this is done under the supervision of an orthodontic specialist like Dr Peter McMahon. This experience also allows us to tailor a treatment plan that will give you the results you want and need and we can continually shift and alter your teeth to ensure that they move into their ideal place.
You may experience a slight soreness for the first few days after braces are fixed to your teeth. This however, will dissipate each day until you no longer feel any discomfort at all. It should take about a week or two for your lips, cheeks and gums to toughen and grow accustomed to the feel of braces. Orthodontic treatment requires that the braces be tightened every 4-6 weeks, which applies pressure to the teeth and can result in sore teeth, gums and jaws. This is completely normal.
To alleviate discomfort, you can:
- Have cold liquids and foods, which can have a soothing effect on your teeth and gums;
- Wrap an ice-pack in some cloth and apply it to the outsides of the areas that are sore;
- Use a salt water solution to rinse your mouth;
- Use topical anaesthetics;
- Take over-the-counter painkillers such as Ibuprofen;
- Apply some ortho wax to the tender areas.
Orthodontics for teens Brisbane QLD
If you would like to find out more about orthodontics for teens or would like to book an assessment for your child, please contact the friendly team at AAA Orthodontics.