The Reality of Orthodontic Treatment for Teens

by | Nov 28, 2023 | Orthodontics

The adolescent years are a crucial period for growth, not just emotionally and physically, but also dentally. Northeast Orthodontic Specialists, with locations in both Blue Ash and Loveland, Ohio, is at the forefront of guiding teens through this transformative journey. Led by Dr. Jacob Stadiem, DMD, MS, a distinguished orthodontist in the Cincinnati region, our practice ensures that every young patient receives tailored orthodontic care that leads to a lifetime of brighter and straighter smiles.

When should my teen start orthodontic treatment?

Determining the best age to begin orthodontic treatment is key to ensuring the best possible outcome for your teen. Dr. Stadiem, with his in-depth training and experience, suggests:

  • Early Evaluation: Ideally, your teen should have an orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7, as recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists.
  • Timely Intervention: Initiating treatment at the right time, which may vary for each individual, can leverage a teen’s growth spurts for more effective results.
  • Personalized Planning: Every teen’s orthodontic journey is unique, and starting times are carefully decided upon after thorough assessments at Northeast Orthodontic Specialists.

What are the options for braces at Northeast Orthodontic Specialists?

Your teen can choose from a wide variety of braces, all designed with comfort and effectiveness in mind. Our offerings include:

  • Traditional Metal Braces: The classic, durable choice for effective alignment.
  • Aesthetic Ceramic Braces: These braces offer a less visible option while providing the same level of correction as metal braces.
  • Innovative LightForce 3D Printed Braces: Customized for a perfect fit and faster results.
  • Invisalign® Clear Aligners: For teens preferring a discreet solution, these aligners are virtually invisible and removable.
  • Lingual Braces: Placed behind the teeth, they are hidden from view while straightening.

How long will the treatment last?

The length of orthodontic treatment can vary greatly depending on the age at which treatment begins, the complexity of the dental issues, and the type of treatment selected. Below is a general guideline:

  • Children (Ages 7-10): Early treatment for specific orthodontic issues can last 12-24 months. Interceptive measures during this stage can simplify or shorten next-phase treatments.
  • Pre-Teens (Ages 11-13): Standard full orthodontic treatment typically ranges from 18 to 36 months. This age is ideal for correcting bite and spacing issues while bones are still growing.
  • Teens (Ages 14-18): Comprehensive treatment usually falls within the 18-36 month period. Adjustments may be quicker due to the rapid growth and adaptability of teenage patients.
  • Adults (Ages 19 and up): Treatment may take slightly longer, often between 24-36 months, due to the maturity of the bone structure. Individual variation is greater in adults, with some cases being more complex due to previous dental work or lack of early orthodontic intervention.

Remember, these are average time frames. Dr. Jacob Stadiem at Northeast Orthodontic Specialists emphasizes that each individual’s needs will determine the exact duration of orthodontic treatment. For a personalized estimate, scheduling a consultation is the best step forward.

What foods should be avoided with braces?

Maintaining braces is crucial for their success, and that includes monitoring your teen’s diet. Here’s what should be avoided:

  • Hard Foods: Such as nuts and hard candies that can break or damage braces.
  • Sticky Foods: Like caramel or chewing gum that can get caught in braces.
  • Tough Meats and Bread: Which can be difficult to chew and may dislodge brackets.
  • Whole Fruits and Vegetables: These should be cut into small pieces to prevent damage to the braces.
  • Sugary and Acidic Foods: To reduce the risk of cavities and enamel damage around the brackets.

By following these guidelines, your teen can protect their braces and ensure a smoother, more efficient orthodontic treatment process.

Can my teen still have a normal life with braces?

Northeast Orthodontic Specialists believes that braces shouldn’t be a roadblock to enjoying life’s pleasures. Dr. Stadiem assures that with the right guidance on maintenance and care, teens can continue to engage fully in all their favorite activities, from sports to social gatherings, all while on their journey to an ideal smile.

What is the risk of not getting orthodontic treatment?

Delaying or avoiding orthodontic treatment can lead to complex dental issues in the future. Dr. Stadiem and our team highlight that untreated misalignments can result in difficulties with oral hygiene, speech impediments, and other dental problems. Early orthodontic treatment is pivotal in preventing these risks, fostering a healthy dental foundation for your teen.

Your Teen’s Smile is Our Priority

At Northeast Orthodontic Specialists, your comfort and results drive our mission. We invite families in Blue Ash and Loveland to experience the exceptional, family-friendly treatment that has become our hallmark. For a consultation with Dr. Jacob Stadiem, where every question is answered with the insight and care your teen deserves, contact us today. Begin your teen’s journey toward a lifetime of smiles in the expert hands of a leading Cincinnati, Ohio orthodontist

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Why Trust Northeast Orthodontic Specialists?

Trust is paramount when it comes to healthcare, and at Northeast Orthodontic Specialists, we have built our reputation on this foundation. Leading our team, Dr. Jacob Stadiem, DMD, MS, is not just an expert in orthodontics but a testament to dedication and continuous learning. His academic achievements, including his advanced fellowship in Invisalign® – an area he’s particularly passionate about, showcase his commitment to staying updated with the latest in the field. But qualifications alone don’t define trust; it’s the personal touch, the careful listening, and the customized solutions that he and his team offer every patient that truly sets them apart. Affiliations with renowned dental associations further underscore the credibility of our practice. Every patient’s smile, comfort, and trust are testimonies to the reliable and expert care we provide at Northeast.

Contact Us for an Appointment!

Orthodontic treatments have evolved beyond traditional braces. At Northeast Orthodontic Specialists in Blue Ash and Loveland, OH, we pride ourselves on offering a diverse range of treatments tailored to meet your unique needs. Contact us today to explore the best orthodontic solution for you and experience the many benefits of modern orthodontic care.