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When is it time for teen orthodontic treatment?

If you are considering braces or Invisalign® to correct the alignment of your child’s teeth, you may be curious about the best ways to straighten the teeth to improve overall function and oral health. At SV Orthodontics, we will provide you with information about various treatment options and which will be the most effective and efficient in the treatment of teen orthodontic patients. 

What is teen orthodontic treatment?

Teen orthodontic treatment refers to treatment that occurs during adolescence when all of the permanent teeth erupt (except the wisdom teeth). Adolescent treatments typically occur in patients aged 11-14.

Teen treatment can occur as a single comprehensive phase of treatment or as a second phase of treatment following an early treatment phase.

All teen treatments involve the correction of the alignment of teeth and bite issues utilizing either Invisalign® or braces. Your child’s diagnosis and treatment plan are discussed in detail with you and your child following the collection of diagnostic records.

The active treatment phase of most teen cases extends 12-24 months. It is important that patients comply in several crucial ways to ensure that treatment is completed on time or earlier.

These important factors are as follows:

  • Maintaining optimal oral hygiene
  • In the case of Invisalign® treatment, wearing the aligners 22 hours a day and changing aligners at prescribed intervals
  • In the case of braces, maintaining the integrity of the braces and wires by adhering to our food list instructions, thereby reducing breakages
  • Wearing and changing intra-oral elastics to correct bite issues as instructed
  • Attending our office regularly for appointments

Visit our office to learn the benefits of orthodontic treatment and options for your teen's best smile!

Book a free in-office examination with Drs. Elise Vincelette and Raman Samra of SV Orthodontics to learn more about how we can help your teen improve their smile with Invisalign for teens and/or traditional braces. We are conveniently located in Toronto, ON at 3016 Yonge Street, and offer online booking or we can be reached by telephone at (416) 213-6646 to request an appointment. We serve local patients in and around Leaside, Sherwood Park, Bedford Park, Davisville, and Lawrence Park, ON, to name a few!