Preparing your teen for orthodontic treatment

If your teen is getting ready for orthodontic treatment, they need to remember that in the end, it is all going to pay off when they can show off that amazing smile. As the time approaches, you can help to prepare your teenager for the road ahead by knowing what to expect on the journey to properly align teeth. The most important thing is to remind your teen that this is just one short phase in life that will not last forever.

Teen braces choices

Gone are the days when traditional braces were the only option for orthodontic treatment. There is a good chance that your teenager may be able to try Invisalign® Teen. It revolves around wearing clear aligners that are molded to fit your child’s teeth. They are removable and discreet.

If this type of treatment is not an alternative for your child, there have been many innovations when it comes to typical braces. Ceramic brackets allow your teen to have brackets that are clear or match your child’s teeth. Braces can also be worn behind the teeth to make them less noticeable. The main goal is to find a form of orthodontic treatment that is effective for your teenager.

Regardless of what kind of orthodontic correction your child has, it will likely cause the teeth to ache when treatment is initiated. Braces apply pressure to the teeth as they are gently shifted into the proper position.

Good dental hygiene is essential

Your teen needs to be conscientious about good oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment. The last thing you want to see is tooth decay or stained teeth when the braces come off. Flossing and brushing should still be a vital part of the daily routine. Eating healthy food will be helpful as well.

Expect regular visits to your Oak Lawn orthodontist

Unlike the annual visit to the dentist, your teen will need to see our orthodontists regularly to monitor progress and make any adjustments. It might seem like an inconvenience, but our orthodontists are making your teen’s teeth a top priority.

Book a free orthodontic consultation

Your teenager is sure to be filled with questions when it comes to orthodontic treatment. Our team at Petty & Bielik Orthodontics can be the guide that your teen needs to make it to the finish line. We will sit down together to talk about options for a treatment plan, how long orthodontic correction should take, and what your teen should expect in the months or years ahead. You and your teen can learn more about the different types of braces during this appointment at our office in Oak Lawn. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.