Teen orthodontic treatment, also known as comprehensive orthodontic treatment, is the most common form of orthodontic care. Treatment during adolescence may also be the second phase of a two-phased treatment plan for more difficult cases. Treatment often includes, but is not limited to, the use of braces to correct any problems.

Teenagers should seek an exam at the first sign of an orthodontic problem. These problems include crowding, protruding teeth, cross bites, under bites, jaw pain and problems chewing. Correction of these problems before they worsen can help avoid future complications. Children do not grow out of these problems and  the presence of poor growth patterns, as a result of the developing malocclusion (bad bite), could make the problem more difficult to treat when growth is finished. Consequently, “waiting” for all the permanent teeth to erupt before seeking an orthodontic exam may be ill-advised.

The objective of comprehensive treatment, as with all orthodontic treatment, is to develop a properly functioning occlusion (bite). If the teeth function together well, it will also deliver an aesthetically pleasing result.

Following active orthodontic treatment, we will fabricate upper and lower removable retainers. We recommend full time wear for at least 18 months while the bone supporting the teeth stabilizes. After full time wear we recommend nighttime wear indefinitely.