Comprehensive Treatment for Pre-Adolescents and Teens


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Most children will have most, if not all, of their permanent teeth by age 13. When all of the primary teeth are lost and the permanent teeth have erupted, usually between ages 11 and 15, comprehensive orthodontic treatment can begin. Many bite issues that require orthodontic intervention include:

  • Excessive spacing between teeth
  • Overbite, underbite, crossbite
  • Extra teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Severely protruding or “buck teeth”
  • Severely crowded teeth
  • Narrow upper or lower jaw

Why Do I Need Orthodontic Treatment?

Most patients choose orthodontic treatment to achieve a beautiful, perfectly aligned smile. This not only enhances appearance, but also improves self-confidence, which is critical in a young adult’s development. However, orthodontics offers so much more. If you have a malocclusion or an improper bite, your teeth are vulnerable to excess pressure and wear, which can break down the enamel eventually leading to decay.

Through orthodontic treatment, a patient can achieve the “ideal bite” or the optimal alignment between the top teeth and the bottom teeth. The alignment or relationship between the top and bottom jaw becomes an essential part of your oral health. If your teeth don’t meet correctly during chewing they can chip or wear, causing unnecessary dental complications.

Straight Teeth are Healthy Teeth!

Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to keep clean by flossing and brushing, and may help prevent other health problems in the future. Some conditions that may require orthodontic treatment include:

  • Overcrowding of teeth
  • Open bite – front teeth don’t touch, usually caused by thumbsucking or pacifier use
  • Deep overbite – lower teeth bite into palate
  • Missing teeth – due to injury, or congenital 
  • Underbite – lower front teeth extend out beyond upper front teeth
  • Excess spacing between teeth
  • Crossbite – upper teeth erupt inside the lower teeth, usually on one side

First Steps Toward a New and Improved Smile

The first steps toward your beautiful smile are easy. Call Hamer & Glassick Orthodontics and schedule a complimentary consultation. We are happy to evaluate your bite, jaw alignment. Dr. Hamer will partner with you to determine the treatment regime that will bring you the best results. The most common treatment options include:

In need of more information? Click Here for “A Parent’s Guide To Orthodontics”

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