Teenage Treatment

Teenage Treatment

Orthodontic treatment during adolescence is pivotal in enhancing dental health, correcting misalignments, and ensuring a confident smile for years. Teenage treatment in orthodontics refers to the specialized approach to correcting dental misalignments and bite issues during adolescence, typically between the ages of 12 and 18. This phase is crucial as it capitalizes on the growth spurt when the teeth and jaws are still developing, allowing orthodontists to guide their alignment effectively. Common treatments include braces (metal, ceramic, or clear aligners) tailored to each patient's needs, addressing overcrowding, crooked teeth, gaps, and malocclusions. Orthodontic intervention during adolescence improves dental aesthetics and function and enhances facial symmetry and overall oral health. It aims to achieve a stable and harmonious bite, preventing potential long-term dental problems and boosting the teenager's confidence with a healthier, more aligned smile. Regular monitoring and adjustments ensure optimal results throughout the treatment process. 

Why Orthodontic Treatment in Teenage Years? 

  • Adolescence is characterized by significant growth spurts, especially in the jawbones. This growth makes it easier for orthodontists to properly guide teeth into their correct positions and align them correctly. By intervening during this phase, orthodontic treatment can capitalize on natural growth patterns to achieve more effective and stable results. 
  • Addressing orthodontic problems early can prevent more severe dental issues in the future. For instance, correcting misaligned teeth and bite problems reduces the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and abnormal wear on tooth surfaces. Proper alignment promotes better oral hygiene practices, as straighter teeth are easier to clean and maintain. 
  • The teenage years are crucial for social development and self-esteem. A confident smile plays a significant role in a teenager's self-image and peer interactions. Orthodontic treatment can improve dental aesthetics, enhance confidence, and reduce self-consciousness about appearance-related issues. 
  • Misaligned teeth and bite issues can impact facial symmetry and overall appearance. Orthodontic treatment helps align the teeth and jaws correctly, contributing to balanced facial features and a harmonious smile. 
  • Many teenagers have a mix of permanent and baby teeth. Orthodontic treatment ensures permanent teeth erupt into a well-aligned position, minimizing the need for extractions or more invasive treatments later in life. 
  • Correcting bite problems such as overbites, underbites, and crossbites improves chewing efficiency and oral function. This enhances comfort while eating supports proper speech articulation, and reduces jaw joint issues (TMJ disorders). 
  • Teenagers generally adapt well to orthodontic appliances and treatment routines. They are often motivated to comply with treatment recommendations, which contributes to achieving desired outcomes efficiently. 

Common Orthodontic Issues Addressed 


Where the upper front teeth excessively overlap the lower front teeth. This can lead to problems with the smile's appearance and potential tooth wear and jaw alignment issues. 


Characterized by the lower front teeth protruding beyond the upper front teeth. This misalignment can affect chewing efficiency, speech, and facial aesthetics. 


Crossbites occur when one or more upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth instead of outside. They can lead to uneven tooth wear, gum recession, and facial asymmetry. 

Open Bite 

When there is space between the biting surfaces of the front or side teeth when the back teeth bite together, open bites can cause difficulties in chewing and speech, as well as potential temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. 


Lack of sufficient space in the dental arch for all teeth to erupt or align properly. Crowding can make teeth harder to clean, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Orthodontic treatment can create space or align teeth to improve oral hygiene and aesthetics. 

Gaps (Diastema) 

Spaces or gaps between teeth are often caused by missing teeth or abnormal growth. Diastemas can affect the smile's appearance and may impact proper chewing and speech. 

Crooked Teeth 

Teeth rotated, tilted, or not appropriately aligned within the dental arch. Crooked teeth can impact dental aesthetics and make oral hygiene maintenance more challenging. 

Supernumerary Teeth 

Extra teeth may not have enough space to erupt properly, causing crowding or other alignment issues. Orthodontic treatment can help manage the alignment of supernumerary teeth to improve overall dental health. 

Types of Orthodontic Treatments for Teens 

Traditional Metal Braces 

Traditional metal braces consist of stainless steel brackets bonded to the front surfaces of teeth, connected by archwires, and secured with elastic ligatures (rubber bands).


  • Effective for treating severe misalignments and complex orthodontic issues. 
  • Durable and reliable, offering precise control over tooth movement. 
  • Affordable compared to other orthodontic options. 
  • Customizable with colored elastic ties for personalization. 

Clear Ceramic Braces 

Similar to traditional braces, but with brackets made from clear or tooth-colored ceramic materials, which blend more naturally with the teeth. 


  • Less noticeable than metal braces, providing a more aesthetic treatment option. 
  • Effective for treating moderate to severe misalignments. 
  • Stain-resistant and smooth brackets for reduced irritation. 
  • Suitable for teens concerned about the appearance of traditional braces. 

Clear Aligners

Transparent, removable aligners are custom-made from clear plastic that gradually move teeth into alignment. 


  • Virtually invisible, offering a discreet treatment option. 
  • Removable for easier oral hygiene maintenance, eating, and drinking. 
  • No dietary restrictions compared to traditional braces. 
  • Ideal for mild to moderate orthodontic issues, including spacing, crowding, and minor bite problems. 

Lingual Braces 

Braces are placed on teeth' inner surfaces (lingual side), making them virtually invisible from the outside. 


  • Completely hidden from view, enhancing aesthetics during treatment. 
  • Effective for correcting various orthodontic issues, including complex misalignments. 
  • Custom-made for a precise fit, ensuring comfort and efficient tooth movement. 
  • Suitable for teens seeking a discreet orthodontic solution. 

Orthodontic treatment during the teenage years is beneficial for optimizing dental health, enhancing facial aesthetics, and boosting confidence during a critical stage of development. Visit Dental Specialists of New York PC at 150 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10155, 110 York Street Brooklyn, NY 11201, or 476 48th Street, 3rd Floor Brooklyn, NY 11220, to explore the best treatment options and start the path towards a beautifully aligned smile today. You can schedule an appointment online or call us at (212) 661-2192.


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