Comprehensive Treatment for Adolescents & Teens
Teen Braces in San Francisco
Treatment for adolescents and teens, or what we like to call “comprehensive orthodontic treatment,” is the most common form of treatment at Cucalon Orthodontics. We love our young adult patients!
Comprehensive treatment usually occurs between the ages of 11 and 15. Typically, by age 12 most young adults have lost all their primary teeth, which is a really good time to consider orthodontic treatment if it has not been previously recommended. In most cases braces [link to the braces page] or Invisalign [link to Invisalign Teen page] (clear removable aligners) require appliances to be placed in both arches and are used to correct orthodontic problems involving alignment of teeth, proper jaw function and malocclusion (bad bite). Our orthodontic goals for young adults include a beautiful smile, the achievement of the best bite possible, and a full profile.
The length of treatment for adolescents and teens typically depends on just how bad the bite is, and the crowding or spacing of the permanent teeth. Treatment time is usually estimated at 18 to 24 months for difficult bites and less than 12 months for minor corrections.
This brief video shows the most common types of improper bites and how orthodontic care can create a beautiful smile while helping to ensure a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
Are you wondering if it’s time for your adolescent or teen to get orthodontic treatment? Schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Cucalon today.