The teenage years are the most common time to receive orthodontic treatment for a reason. Get your children started on their journey to a perfect smile by addressing any concerns shortly after they get most of their permanent teeth in.
Once a child reaches age 12, the majority of their teeth are permanent. You have a good opportunity to take your teen to an orthodontist to see if they have any issues with their teeth that should be addressed early on. A few concerns that you may have include overbites, underbites and positioning problems.
Braces are the go-to option for fixing alignment issues of the teeth during the teenage years. Many of their peers will also have braces, which can help relieve self conscious feelings that they may have. Since braces typically stay on for anywhere from one to three years, they have the rest of their teenage years to enjoy their straightened smiles.
When you combine braces with encouraging your teen to follow proper dental hygiene practices, you can set them up with an excellent smile for the rest of their lives.