The teenage years are a pivotal point in life. They can also be awkward. Filled with body, education and lifestyle changes, the last thing a teen should have to worry about is their smile.

During such a time of development and change, insecurities can play a large role in life decisions and personal outlook. If your teenager needs braces though, they are not alone.

According to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), between 70 and 80 percent of adolescents have braces. There are many reasons why a teenager may need braces, including: 

  • An overbite
  • An underbite
  • Crooked or crowded teeth
  • Overlapping teeth which can cause pain and serious issues in the mouth.

When should you seek orthodontic treatment for your son or daughter? According to the AAO, most patients begin treatment between the ages of nine and 14. By age nine, permanent teeth have grown in and any oral issues become more visible, and therefore easily treatable. An orthodontist may not be able to determine the complete extent of teeth crowding, overlapping or overbite issues until a permanent set is seen. 

If your teenager has never been seen by an orthodontist, be sure to let your chosen orthodontist know before any treatment is determined.

There are a range of treatment options available for you and your child to decide on for a course of action. These include clear orthodontic braces, Invisalign and traditional metal braces. Although one choice may be preferable over another, it is best to discuss all treatment options with a certified, experienced orthodontist.

If your teenager is interested in learning more about available treatment options or would like to know more about the benefits, visit our website. Schedule an appointment for your teenager with New York City orthodontist Dr. Tanya Vaysman of KidsBracesNYC to start working on improving the health of their teeth and gums today.