Adolescent Treatment

Adolescent Orthodontic Treatment


Pre-teen and teen years bring many changes, from first dates and breakups to changes in body chemistry and physical appearance. Sometimes, those changes bring awkwardness, shyness, and self-consciousness, which can impact your teen’s self-esteem and confidence. Having a crooked smile or another dental problem can add to his or her anxiety. At Olson Orthodontics in Verrado and Lichfield Park, we can help put things in order with Invisalign, braces or another solution. A great smile goes a long way to restoring the self-confidence of a teenager. 

Benefits of Adolescent Orthodontic Treatment

Everyone is different, but most adolescents have all of their permanent teeth between the ages of 10 and 14. With baby teeth out of the way and a jaw that is firm enough to support orthodontic treatment, this is the ideal time for braces to correct a variety of issues, including the following:

  • Overbites
  • Crossbites
  • Underbites
  • Crowding
  • Gaps

  • With rapid physical changes underway, orthodontics makes sense at this age when growth spurts can also help to shorten treatment time. Your teen’s faster metabolism may also lessen any discomfort. 

    Many Options in Orthodontics

    Clear options, such as the Damon System and Invisalign, provide self-conscious teens a method of correcting dental problems without anyone knowing. Our orthodontist, Dr. Chris Olson, offers several options for treatment, including:

  • Invisalign: A series of clear aligners that fit over the teeth for progressive straightening.
  • Damon clear braces: Clear ceramic braces, which are also popular with adults.
  • Damon brackets: Wire with the ability to slide within the brackets for greater comfort.
  • Metal braces: Today’s braces are smaller and more comfortable than those of yesteryear.

  • Even patients who choose metal braces have less to stress about with today’s stainless-steel options that are smaller and more appealing. Plus, with the number of other adolescents receiving orthodontic treatment, teens with braces fit right in.

    Contact Our Office Today

    Pre-teens and teenagers are often mature enough to care for braces without supervision. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at 623-536-7004. We also invite you to fill out our easy online appointment request form. With offices in Verrado and Litchfield Park, we’re proud to care for patients in Buckeye, Avondale, Tolleson, Goodyear and throughout the West Valley.

    Olson Orthodontics

    • Litchfield Park Office - 13575 W. Indian School Rd., Suite 400, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340 Phone: 623-536-7004
    • Verrado/Buckeye Office - 4252 N. Verrado Way, Suite 105, Buckeye, AZ 85396 Phone: (623) 536-7004

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