Adolescent Treatment

Confidence is key in a growing child, and having a perfect smile can go a long way toward that confidence. Not only can that perfect smile boost their morale, but it can be life-changing in other ways, too! Straighter teeth make it easier to avoid health issues like tooth decay and gum disease in the short term while lowering the risk of things like heart disease and infection later on.

Giving the gift of a brighter, healthier future full of radiant smiles to your child is as easy as finding the quality orthodontic treatment they need. And finding that quality care is as easy as finding us here at Lindsey Orthodontics in Griffin and Locust Grove, GA.

We offer adolescent orthodontic treatment for teens who are just beginning to develop the smile they’ll have for the rest of their lives. Creating a personalized treatment plan with our advanced technology, we will make sure their teeth are as perfect as can be, so they can continue their venture into adulthood with all the benefits of a healthy smile.

Why Is Adolescent Orthodontics Necessary?

When young, we are in a rapid state of growth. By ages 11-13, kids have lost their baby teeth and their permanent adult teeth have started coming in. The most effective and efficient way to achieve a perfect smile for life is to take advantage of that natural, rapid growth rate during the adolescent years. Left untreated, orthodontic problems will just become worse and more difficult and time-consuming to treat.

Outside of the practicality of a speedier, more comfortable orthodontic experience as a teen, some might argue there is a social element to getting treatment at this young age. Braces are common in teenagers, with many kids in the same age group getting them around the same time. Many of our teenage patients in both our Griffin and Locust Grove, GA offices run into their classmates at their appointments. This is an experience that can be shared and compared with friends, leading to a sense of common camaraderie. Besides, getting braces is basically a rite of passage for that stage of life.

The Treatment Process

While the end result of a perfect smile is the same, the treatment plan for each teenager who comes through our office will be unique to their own needs. Treatment will always start with the initial visit, consisting of photos and X-Rays of the teeth, allowing Dr. Lindsey and our team to start creating the roadmap to your dream smile. Next, we formulate the treatment plan, choosing from a variety of orthodontic appliances to find the best fit for you. The types of appliances we offer for adolescent treatment include:

  • Metal Braces - Made from durable stainless steel, these braces are both a classic and reliable option for creating a perfect smile. Metal braces are also smaller and more comfortable than ever..
  • Clear Braces - These braces have brackets made from a clear ceramic or composite. The clear material blends in with the natural color of the teeth to create a more subtle appearance.
  • Clear Aligners - “Invisalign Teen” -This option ditches the brackets and wires and instead uses sets of aligners made from translucent plastic that make them practically invisible when worn. They are removable, making eating and keeping your teeth clean a breeze. For teens, they even have special compliance indicators built into the aligners, allowing parents and Dr. Lindsey to track the progress of treatment and make sure that the aligners are being worn.

How Long Will I Wear Them?

Until we get started, there’s no clear way to tell you how long you’ll be wearing your braces or aligners. Each smile is different, so treatment time will vary depending on how much and how far the teeth or jaw need to move. Typical orthodontic care can range anywhere from 6 to 30 months. After completion of your treatment, a retainer will continue to be worn to keep your teeth from shifting back to their pre-braces home.

Schedule An Appointment Today!

If you have any questions about adolescent orthodontic treatment or the types of appliances we offer for teenagers, contact us and a member of our staff will be happy to assist you. Here at Lindsey Orthodontics, we’ve been creating radiant smiles for the families of Locust Grove and Griffin, GA for many satisfying years. We look forward to providing you with the quality care our practice is known for, so you can have the amazing smile you deserve. If you’re ready to see what your best smile looks like, reach out to us and schedule your first visit!