Orthodontics for teens

Invest in your teen

The teen years (between the ages of 13 and 16) are the most common time for orthodontic treatment because most permanent teeth will be in place. The good news is, that we offer a variety of subtle treatment options that will be a perfect fit for your teen!

All about teen orthodontics

Experienced orthodontists like Dr. McGrory can easily recognize issues with spacing, crowding, bite issues, and alignment in this age range, and your teen’s bone and jaw structure are formed enough to allow orthodontic treatment to begin.

Some teens may have even started Phase I treatment at an earlier age, and are now following it up with full braces or other orthodontic treatment.

Beyond outward appearances, untreated dental problems can have a lasting impact on your teen’s oral and overall health.
If you notice any of the following issues, we recommend a complimentary consultation with Dr. McGrory at Lake Jackson Orthodontics, since they could be signs your teen may benefit from orthodontic treatment.

  • Early, late, or irregular loss of their baby teeth

  • Difficulty with chewing or biting

  • Crowding or extra spacing between teeth

  • Jaws that shift or make sounds

  • Frequent biting of the cheek or the inside of the mouth

  • Protrusion of teeth

  • Jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face

  • Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all

Bad bites

Diagnosing and successfully treating certain bite problems can have both short- and long-term benefits.

Problems classified as “bad bites” can often be minimized with the proper orthodontic treatment, including:

  • Crooked or crowded teeth
  • Missing or extra teeth
  • An overbite or underbite
  • Incorrect jaw position
  • A disorder of the jaw joint

Benefits of a straight smile

Straight teeth that respond well to orthodontic treatment have many benefits, including:

  • Being less prone to wear and tear, chipping, and tooth trauma
  • Being easier to keep clean, helping to prevent tooth decay and cavities
  • Reducing the chances of developing gum disease, which can result in bone loss, decay, and tooth loss
  • Improving proper chewing and digestion of food

Orthodontic braces are a big part of life for many people in their teens. While braces may have had a bad reputation before, today’s braces make it easy to look and feel good!

Schedule your free consultation

Orthodontic treatment is an investment in your child’s future. During your free consultation, Dr. McGrory will be happy to discuss the benefits of treatment as well as the risks of putting it off.

While adults can successfully complete orthodontic treatment, a teen’s jaws and teeth respond quicker to orthodontic treatment, shortening their total treatment time and giving them a lifetime of smiles!

With options from Invisalign, metal braces, and invisible braces for teens, our expert, affordable orthodontists near you in Lake Jackson are ready to help your teen get the smile of their dreams. Schedule a free orthodontic consultation with us online today!