Invest in Your Teen

Between the ages of 12 and 16, also known as the teen years, are the most common time for orthodontic treatment because most permanent teeth will be in place.

Luckily, some new solutions work to make the treatment process much easier than ever before.

All About Teen Orthodontics

This is an ideal time for an experienced orthodontist like Dr. Nordberg to notice issues with spacing, crowding, bite, and alignment. Plus, your teen’s bone and jaw structure will be finished growing.

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. Nordberg at Nordberg 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
  • Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all
  • Jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face
  • Protrusion of teeth

Bad Bites

There are both short and long-term benefits to diagnosing and successfully treating bite problems.

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

Choose Your Look

While creating a customized treatment plan for your teen, we might recommend an orthodontic appliance.

Here at Nordberg Orthodontics, we offer:

Metal Braces

Braces have come a very long way, even within the past decade. When many people think of braces, they think of extremely bulky metal brackets.

We don’t use this type of bulky orthodontic appliance. At Nordberg Orthodontic, we use brackets that are lighter, more comfortable, and can even work faster than older brackets.

Ceramic Braces

Clear braces are nearly “invisible” to the naked eye. Most people will have to stare pretty hard to see that a patient is wearing clear braces.

Clear ties can be used to hold a tooth-colored archwire in place and this appliance can be nearly invisible to a casual onlooker. Ask us if this is the right appliance for you!

Invisalign® for Teens

The Invisalign system is made up of a series of fully customized, clear trays called aligners. These aligners are nearly invisible and totally removable.

Made of soft plastic, they provide a more comfortable orthodontic experience, with no friction or abrasions inside your teen’s mouth.

Each week your teen will switch their aligner for the next in the set. When worn the recommended 20-22 hours per day, your teen’s teeth will gradually move into the desired positions.

Invisalign works best for mild to moderate orthodontic issues, and may not be an option if your teen needs more serious treatment.

How long does treatment take?

There’s no concrete answer, unfortunately. The average treatment time is anywhere from 6-36 months, but every case is different.

After this phase of treatment is complete, your teen will need to wear a retainer for as long as Dr. Nordberg feels necessary based on their individual case.

We work as a team with both parents and teen to create a smile that will last a lifetime.

What about band?

Traditional metal braces might affect the way your teen plays some instruments.

Invisalign is an excellent alternative treatment because removing their aligner before playing gives them no limitations.

Can teens still play sports?

Absolutely. If your teen athlete is wearing traditional braces, it’s crucial to protect their smile to stay on track with their treatment.

We strongly recommend that they use an orthodontic mouthguard to protect their braces, and their mouth, from any potential injury.

Your teen can play any contact sport if they use the proper orthodontic mouthguard.

If your teen has Invisalign, they can take their aligner out before practice or a game, and put it back in afterward.