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Adolescent Treatment

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By about age 12, most, if not all, permanent teeth have erupted and are in place. Crooked teeth, gaps and misaligned bites can easily be detected. At this age, a teenager's mouth is generally representative of their future smile. Any problems in the teen years are unlikely to correct themselves, so this is when most parents decide to seek orthodontic treatment for their children. Teenagers are growing rapidly, often allowing Dr. Eves to take advantage of these growth spurts to help shape the bite and align the teeth correctly. In addition, pre-teens and teenagers have high metabolisms, which can help shorten overall treatment time and reduce the discomfort of orthodontic treatment.

For many teenagers, wearing braces or aligners is a part of life, something their peers are often also experiencing.  Tollgate Orthodontics has both Damon Q silver and Damon Clear braces as well as Invisalign clear aligners. Dr. Eves will explain his recommendations, show you and your child some samples of the options and answer any questions you all may have.