Braces for Teens in Virginia Beach, VA
Most people wear braces during the teen years after the permanent teeth are in place. Drs. Savage, Sabol & Visser are experts when it comes to braces for teens living in and around Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake and residents of Virginia’s eastern shore, giving our patients a perfect and confident smile.
What are Braces for Teens?
The most common age for orthodontic treatment is during adolescence, between the ages of 11 and 17. At this point, the corrections necessary to create a beautiful smile and healthy mouth can easily be done by wearing teen braces.
Why are Braces for Teens So Important?
By age 12, most or all of our permanent teeth have erupted and are in place. Crooked teeth, gaps between our teeth, and bad bites can easily be detected. At this point, these problems rarely correct themselves, which is why most parents decide to seek orthodontic treatment for their children. Additionally, teens are more likely to wear them because they see their friends undergoing orthodontics and they want to wear them too.
Besides the benefits of fitting in with their friends, children at this age grow rapidly and have high metabolisms, allowing orthodontists to take advantage of growth spurts by helping shape the bite and teeth, often in less time than with adults. Once the face and jaws complete their growth, the same results may not be possible.
What are the Most Common Types of Braces for Teens?
For decades, most orthodontists used the traditional metal braces for teens. With technology, other types of orthodontics have offered choices for teen braces depending on the severity of corrections necessary.
How Do I Know If My Teen Needs Braces?
There are several ways to know if your teen needs braces. First, your dentist typically sees your child twice a year for cleanings and check-ups, and recommends you schedule a consultation with an orthodontist. It is common for this to take place at a much earlier age so that the orthodontist can monitor and evaluate your child’s mouth as he grows. If your teen has crooked teeth, it is often obvious that braces are necessary to place them in the correct position.
How Long is the Treatment with Teen Braces?
The treatment process with braces for teens varies with each patient based on the type of orthodontics they wear, the corrections being made, and whether the protocol is followed by each patient. Most teens wear braces for 18 to 24 months on average.
How Much Do Braces for Teens Cost?
The cost of braces for teens is based on the type of orthodontic treatment and the length of time needed to achieve the desired look. During the initial consultation, we go over the cost as well as our payment and financing options. We accept cash, debit cards, and major credit cards in addition to offering financing through CareCredit® and an in-house program. We strive to make orthodontic treatment as affordable as possible and to reduce your out-of-pocket expense.
Are Braces Right for My Teen?
Orthodontic treatment is a smart investment in your family, your child’s smile, as well as their dental, physical and emotional health. A good bite makes it easier for you to bite, chew, and speak. Many people find a beautiful smile adds to self-esteem, increases self-confidence, and leads toward career advancement. We live in a competitive world and a great smile can give you the edge.
Drs. Savage, Sabol & Visser provide a variety of orthodontic appliances for braces for teens. If you live in or around Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, or Virginia’s eastern shore and are considering orthodontics for your teen, contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation.
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