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Reasons for Teen Orthodontic Treatment

Posted on December 23, 2019

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It’s hard enough being a teen – having a smile you’re not proud of makes it even harder.

Many teens’ self-esteem is tied to what they look like on the outside. As much as we try to tell them it’s what’s on the inside that counts, sometimes it’s easier said than done.

According to a study done by, 59% of teens feel inferior based on their appearance. That’s an incredibly high number. Yet, fixing their smile is more important than just helping them feel better about their looks. It’s also important for overall oral health. But how do you know if your teen needs orthodontic care? Below are 8 signs to look out for when considering teen Invisalign or braces.

What to Look Out for When Considering Teen Invisalign or Braces

1) Did your teen lose their teeth early or late?

2) Do they have difficulty chewing or biting?

3) Are their teeth crowded or do they have extra space between them?

4) Does their jaw click or make sounds when chewing?

5) Do they frequently bite their cheeks or the inside of their mouth?

6) When they bite down, do their teeth meet awkwardly or not at all?

7) Are their teeth out of proportion with the rest of their mouth?

8) Do their teeth stick out?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, make an appointment with our Manhattan orthodontist to get a free consultation for teen braces. Not only will it put your mind at ease, it could help your teen feel more confident!

If your teen is worried about having braces, ask about Invisalign Teen. Dr. Janet Stoess-Allen is a Platinum+ Invisalign provider, so she has expertise on using Invisalign as an alternative to teen braces.  Not only is Invisalign teen less noticeable; it can be easier to clean too! Without brackets and wires, teens simply remove their aligners for brushing and flossing.

Whatever orthodontic treatment you decide upon, you’re setting your child on the path to increased self-confidence and oral health. During the teen years, most permanent teeth have filled in, so it’s a good time to make adjustments before conditions can worsen. Give our Manhattan orthodontic office a call today to request a free consultation and get more detail on teen braces!