Orthodontics for Teens
Teens just love orthodontics! Okay, not so much, but they do love the result. And we will do everything we can to make sure they love Mint Orthodontics.
In terms of treatment, traditional braces and Invisalign are the most popular options to align teeth and correct any malocclusions that may be present from childhood.
If your child has been going to the dentist since they were young, the dentist may have noticed orthodontic issues and prepared your teen for speedier and more effective braces using Interceptive Orthodontics. This early treatment allows the orthodontist to monitor the jaw’s growth and determine what in the mouth needs correcting.
If you did not use interceptive orthodontics, don’t fret! All is not lost. Dr. Sudit can put together a treatment plan that will give your teen a beautiful smile in typically 12-24 months... so long as your teen wears their rubber bands.
If your teen is wearing traditional braces, they will need to avoid certain foods, but only for a little while. This helps take care of the braces and prevent any food from getting stuck or too far into the braces. Foods to be avoided include things like anything chewy or crunchy or sticky. So... basically anything delicious. Popcorn, caramel, gum, Swedish Fish, corn on the cob, bagels... all on the Not Allowed list. That said, we promise there are still plenty of foods your teen can eat.
If your teen is worried about braces cramping their style, chin up! Teens can choose different colored rubber bands at each adjustment appointment to properly express their current mood – goth, pride, school spirit, Vikings game day, etc.
If your teen opts to go the Invisalign route, take extra care in making sure they understand that responsibility. Invisalign only works if your teen wears the clear aligners 22 hours per day and does not lose them in the school cafeteria garbage. If that does happen, though, please call! No need to sift through half-eaten hot dogs (as my father-in-law did for my now-wife at Irvings Hot Dogs in Chicago when she accidently threw out her retainer). That is super gross and no one will want to wear those aligners again. Instead, call us and we can get you replacements.