For many teens, braces are a rite of passage: They’re one more example of the changes adolescents go through at this time — along with growth in stature, edgier tastes in clothes and music, and an increasing degree of self-awareness. But is there any particular reason why orthodontic appliances and teenagers seem to go together? In a word: Yes.
There are several good reasons why adolescence is the optimal time for orthodontic treatment, though occasionally even earlier intervention is called for. One has to do with the development of the teeth: There’s no set timetable for every kid, but generally by the age of 11-13 the deciduous (baby) teeth have all been lost, and the permanent ones have largely come in. This is the time when we can go to work correcting the problems that cause a bad bite (malocclusion), improper tooth spacing or poor alignment.
Orthodontic problems don’t improve with age — they simply become harder to treat. It’s easier to treat many orthodontic problems during adolescence because the body is still growing rapidly at this time. Whether we use standard braces, or appliances like palatal expanders, cervical headgear (see video below) and Forsus, we can create an improved appearance and function in a short period of time. In later years, when the bones of the face and jaw are fully developed, many conditions become more difficult (and costly) to treat.
There’s even a social element to getting orthodontic treatment in adolescence. If you need braces, you’re not alone! Chances are you’ll see some of your classmates in our office, and you may even make new friends as you go through the process together. When it’s done, you’ll have a smile that you can really be proud of, and benefits that will last your whole life.
The Orthodontic Treatment Process
What can you expect when you come in to our office for treatment? It all depends on what kind of treatment you need. The first time you come in, we will take pictures and radiographic (X-ray) images of your mouth, and possibly make a model of your bite. Then, we'll develop a treatment plan. It may involve regular braces, with or without elastics (rubber bands). We might also recommend that you use a specialized appliance for a period of time. Here are some of the most commonly used orthodontic appliances:
Metal Braces need no introduction. But you might be surprised to find they're smaller and lighter than ever. They may even offer some customized options, like colored elastic ties on the brackets.
Clear Braces feature brackets made of ceramic or composite materials which blend in with your teeth, making them harder to notice. They're suitable in many situations, but they cost a little more.
Clear Aligners for teens is a series of removable, clear plastic trays that gradually straighten teeth as they're worn (for 22 hours per day). Formerly recommended only for adult patients, they now come with special features — like compliance indicators to tell how often you've been wearing them — that make them appropriate for teens in some situations. The advantage: they're practically invisible!
Lingual Braces offer the most unnoticeable form of orthodontic treatment because they are attached to the back (tongue side) of the teeth, where they cannot be seen at all.
Invisalign® straightens your teeth without wires and brackets, using a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners. It's virtually undetectable, which means hardly anyone will know that you're straightening your teeth.
The Invisalign System combines advanced 3-D computer graphics technology with 100-year-old science of orthodontics. Invisalign aligners are designed to move your teeth in small steps to the desired final position prescribed by your Orthodontist.
Each aligner is precisely calibrated and manufactured to fit your mouth at each stage of the treatment plan. Your first step is to visit our office to determine if Invisalign is right for you. After sending precise treatment instructions, Invisalign uses advanced computer technology to translate these instructions in a sequence of finely calibrated aligners - as few as 12 or as many as 48. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks and only taken out to eat, brush and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next, your teeth will begin to move gradually - week-by-week until the final alignment prescribed is attained. Then you'll be smiling like you never have before!
If you want to learn more about Invisalign and how it works, please visit the Invisalign page.
Other orthodontic appliances may be recommended in some cases, where major tooth or jaw movement is needed. They can range from small devices that fit inside the mouth to external headgear. But don't worry: You'll get used to them, and they're temporary — but they provide a long-term benefit in a short time.
How Long Will I Wear Them?
There's no one answer that fits everyone: It all depends on what we need to do in your individual situation. Generally, however, the active stage of orthodontic treatment lasts 6-30 months. Afterwards, you will wear a retainer for another period of months. When your orthodontic treatment is complete, the new smile we've worked together to create will be yours for a lifetime.
Very impressed with Dr Taylor and the entire staff at his office. They all are very helpful and accommodating and Sam's teeth look amazing! Thanks!
Dr. Taylor is an amazing Orthodontist. I dont usually write reviews but him and his staff well deserve it. Great service, friendly staff and always so professional. I went to a few places before I went to his office but by far this was the best choice ever. Thanks Dr. Taylor for all your hard work. My daughters teeth came out amazing.
Love this office! The staff is very professional and accommodating. Outstanding treatment and service. Candace is exceptional!
All three of my girls go to Ron Taylor and we couldn't be happier. The entire experience in the office is a pleasure. The behind the counter staff are kind, there is always a very reasonable wait, the ladies in the back are patient and enjoyable and Dr. Ron is honest, straight forward and sometimes even funny!!!My husband is a local Pediatrician and recommends Taylor Orthodontics to all his patients and for good reasons! We would not go anywhere else. Thank you to everyone at Taylor Orthodontics who make our experience so pleasurable. The Reiss Family : )
Great customer service great staff very welcoming and I'm loving my braces very please with my result in such lil time
I want to thank Diane Degenaro for introducing me to Linda Christopoul and thanks to Linda for telling me about Taylor's Orthodontics. They explain to you everything, they send you e-mails about your child's treatment, they call you to remind you about your appointments ( my old ortho never did that ). They are friendly, caring , the appointments are ON TIME and they take very good care of your kids. I am very happy!!!!
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Very friendly staff and I love the atmosphere .They also do a lot of freebies and give aways .Cant wait for my perfect smile
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Everybody in this place is simply amazing. We are so happy with the results! Happy smiles everywhere.
TAYLOR ORTHODONTICS HAS THREE LOCATIONS
9181 Glades Rd
Boca Raton, FL 33434
4570 Lyons Rd
Coconut Creek, FL 33073
16375 NW 67th Ave
Hialeah, FL 33014