Teen Orthodontics in Creve Coeur

The way your teen's teeth look can adversely affect their confidence and social skills. Crowded, misaligned, or crooked teeth can prevent your teen from smiling or even engaging socially.

Modern orthodontics come in a wide range of materials, styles, and colors, making it easier, more comfortable, and pleasant to correct dental problems with braces.

Who needs orthodontic treatment?

The American Association of Orthodontist recommends having your child screened by an orthodontist by age 7. If it is determined that the teeth are developing normally then the orthodontist may wait until your child is between 11 to 13 years old. Typically by the age by the age of 11 to 13, most children have lost all their baby teeth, and most of the permanent teeth have erupted. This is the ideal time for correcting most problems that cause poor alignment, bad bite, or improper tooth spacing, because the body is still developing rapidly. If you wait too long until the bones of the jaw and face have fully developed, many conditions become increasingly difficult and expensive to treat.

Treatment options

Teens can receive orthodontic treatment depending on their individual bite (occlusion) and dentition (number, type, and arrangement of their teeth). Dental braces are the most common orthodontic device,and can be used to rectify a wide range of dental problems, including:

  • Crowding, missing or extra teeth, gaps, protruding upper teeth, and jaw growth abnormalities
  • Malocclusions (misaligned bites), which can be caused by gum disease, trauma, early or delayed loss of baby teeth, thumb-sucking, or poor nutrition

At Olive Orthodontics we offer different types of braces, including clear braces, clear aligners for teens, growth appliances as well as many different orthodontic appliances that fit inside the mouth or function as external headgear to treat different problems.

Customized orthodontic treatment for teens

Depending on your teen's orthodontic problem, Olive Orthodontics can personalize the design of standard braces, palatal expanders, or other orthodontic devices to improve the appearance and function of the teeth and mouth within a short time. With our stylish braces options, your teen doesn't have to fear wearing them in public. In fact, chances are that their peers will be going through the same treatment. So they get to work on improving their smiles together.

For more information on teen orthodontics in Creve Couer, please call our office today at (314) 274-1477.