Adolescent Treatment

The most common time for comprehensive adolescent orthodontic treatment is between the ages of 11 and 15. By age 12, most if not all of the permanent teeth have erupted. Crowded or overly spaced teeth and bad bites can easily be detected. These problems, even excess spacing, will seldom self-correct once the canines are fully erupted; so, this is when many parents decide to seek orthodontic treatment.

Most adolescents are still in the midst of their final growth spurt. This growth is helpful during treatment. Rubber band wear and functional appliances are more effective in the correction of bite problems during the rapid growth of the final growth spurt. Also children this age appreciate the improvements in the appearance of their smile during middle and high school.

The Damon Smile System is an ideal brace option for adolescents because they are more comfortable and less conspicuous than traditional orthodontics. They also reduce total treatment time because of the “tie-less” system, which means there is no need for tightening. During the initial consultation, we will identify if the Damon Smile System is a good fit.