Adolescent Treatment

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For many teens, braces are a rite of passage. They're one more example of the changes adolescents go through at this time — along with growth in stature, edgier tastes in clothes and music, and an increasing degree of self-awareness. At Accorde Orthodontics, we believe orthodontic problems don't improve with age – they simply become more difficult to treat. Meaning, your teen years are the best time for braces and orthodontic appliances. There are several good reasons why adolescence is the optimal time for orthodontic treatment. It has to do with the development of the teeth. There's no set timetable for every kid, but generally by the age of 11-13 the deciduous (baby) teeth have all been lost, and the permanent ones have largely come in. This is the time when we can go to work correcting the problems that cause a bad bite (malocclusion), improper tooth spacing, or poor alignment. Teen braces are available at all of our locations: Maple Grove, Champlin, Rogers, and our newest office in Albertville. We make the process as easy as possible, after all, it is an important step in a teen’s life!

The Orthodontic Treatment Process

What can you expect when you come into our office for treatment? It all depends on what kind of treatment you need. During your first consultation, we will take pictures and radiographic (X-ray) images of your mouth, and possibly make a model of your bite. Then, we'll develop a treatment plan. It may involve regular braces, with or without elastics (rubber bands). We might also recommend that you use a specialized appliance for 

a period of time. Our most commonly used orthodontic appliances include:

Metal Braces

need no introduction. But you might be surprised to find they're smaller and lighter than ever. They may even offer some customized options, like colored elastic ties on the brackets.

Clear Braces

feature brackets made of ceramic or composite materials which blend in with your teeth, making them harder to notice. They're suitable in many situations, but they cost a little more.

Clear Aligners

for teens is a series of removable, clear plastic trays that gradually straighten teeth as they're worn (for 22 hours per day). Formerly recommended only for adult patients, they now come with special features — like compliance indicators to tell how often you've been wearing them — that make them appropriate for teens in some situations. The advantage: they're practically invisible! 

Other orthodontic appliances

may be recommended in some cases, where major tooth or jaw movement is needed. They can range from small devices that fit inside the mouth to external headgear. But don't worry: you'll get used to them, and they're temporary — but they provide a long-term benefit in a short time.

How Long Will I Wear Them?

Every patient has different teeth and needs. The time period for wearing o

rthodontic appliances depends on you and your specific smile goals. Generally, the active stage of orthodontic treatment lasts 6-30 months. Afterwards, you will wear a retainer for another period of months. When your orthodontic treatment is complete, the new smile we've worked together to create will be yours for a lifetime.

Set Up Your Consultation Today!

At Accorde Orthodontics, we want to help you achieve your best smile. Whether it is your first consultation or your last, our friendly staff and doctors are always ready and eager to answer your questions and calm any concerns. With offices located in Maple Grove, Champlin, Rogers, and Albertville, we conveniently serve all of our patients. Feel free to call or stop by to set up your first consultation for braces! A beautiful, straighter smile is right around the corner, let us help you!