Understanding Corrective Adolescent Dentistry

Adolescent dentistry

Going to the dentist is an important part of keeping your oral health in check. This is especially true for your children. That being said, it can be confusing as a first-time parent to understand the scope of adolescent dentistry and everything it offers your teen. Let’s explore corrective adolescent dentistry and what it means for your teen.

Corrective Adolescent Dentistry

Adolescenthood is a slow progression toward adulthood, and it’s normally when people begin to start caring about their appearance and how they present themselves. This appearance often extends to their smile and teeth. Childhood and early adulthood are when the most drastic changes happen to someone’s mouth and their teeth.

Teeth become crooked, underbites or overbites can develop, teeth are lost, and more. Your teenager is likely to want to improve their smile. Let’s explore some options that can be used to give your child the smile they deserve.

Metal Braces

Metal braces are the poster child for corrective dental work. That’s because they are an effective tool for correcting dental problems. They are very effective for treating overcrowded teeth, crooked teeth, and correcting a misaligned bite.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are nearly identical to metal braces except for their material. Ceramic braces are made of a translucent ceramic material that is similar to the color of your teeth. This makes them less noticeable while still providing support. However, ceramic braces are technically not as strong as metal braces. This makes ceramic braces good for less intensive corrective work.

Clear Aligners

Clear aligners are similar in appearance to retainers. Except they are specifically molded to a patient’s teeth and are clear. They are difficult to see and can be taken out while you eat. They can correct dental issues but cannot achieve the same drastic results as metal braces.

What Is Right for My Teen?

At the end of the day, only you know what’s best for your teen. That being said, our team at Bryan Johnson Orthodontics will provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision about your child’s dental needs. Dr. Johnson believes in providing effective, comfortable, and efficient solutions to all your dental needs. If you think it’s time to have your child see a dentist about corrective work, then contact our staff at Bryan Johnson Orthodontics at 503-362-9548 today.

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