The teenage years are often an ideal time for orthodontic treatment. As the permanent teeth have grown in but the jaw has not yet fully developed, our orthodontists are able to correct the alignment of the teeth and properly guide the jaw as it finishes growing. This ensures optimal oral appearance, function, and health that lasts a lifetime.
One of the most common orthodontic treatments for teenagers is braces. Braces include a complex system of metal brackets, wires, and bands. The brackets are bonded to the teeth and connected to each other by the wires. By adjusting the braces, Dr. McCord and Dr. McCoy are able to guide the teeth to their proper positions in your smile. Braces provide constant, gentle pressure that helps you achieve a straight smile over time. While your exact treatment time depends on your individual condition and response to treatment, the average treatment time with braces is 18-30 months, and you will visit our office on a regular basis during treatment to make certain your teeth are aligning properly. While traditional braces are made of metal (stainless steel is the most common), we may also have ceramic options available that blend in with your natural tooth color for a more discreet treatment option.
Early treatment can help to avoid the need for more invasive treatments later in life and ensure that there is enough room for the permanent teeth to properly erupt. We especially encourage you to bring your child for an orthodontic evaluation if you notice issues such as crowding or misalignment in the font teeth, thumb or finger sucking, mouth breathing, or the early or late loss of teeth. To learn more about early orthodontics in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and to schedule your child’s orthodontic evaluation, we invite you to contact us today at McCord Orthodontics.