Q&A Guide for Teen Orthodontics Near Newtown PA

Q&A Guide for Teen Orthodontics Near Newtown PA

When should a first-time orthodontic appointment be made? If you have a child between the ages of 7 and 18, it’s time! According to the American Dental Association (ADA), 7 years of age is a good starting point to seek orthodontic counsel. Perhaps your child has already entered the teen years, and you’re contemplating if it’s too late? It’s never too late!! In fact, we can help you find the best location for teen orthodontics near Newtown PA, as well as answer some of the most common first-time visit questions.

Riesenberger Orthodontics: Your Go-To for Teen Orthodontics Near Newtown PA

Did you know that 75% of brace recipients in the U.S. are children? That’s a lot of teeth to straighten! It’s also one of the many important reasons to visit the orthodontist. An initial consultation with a skilled orthodontist can help determine what corrective measures (if any) should be taken, but there are other ways your orthodontist can be of service to your teen.

In addition to assessing and treating orthodontic issues such as overbites and crowding, an orthodontist specializing in adolescents has the knowledge and experience to address some of the other oral hygiene and potential problems that come with being a teen. This can include:

  • Correcting bad oral hygiene and behaviors
  • Help make space for permanent teeth
  • Minimize the potential for damage due to protruding teeth
  • Rectify incorrect jaw growth through realignment
  • Identify gingivitis and/or periodontal disease and provide a treatment plan accordingly
  • Improve the overall aesthetics of the teeth, lips, and face by using appropriate corrective orthodontic devices

It’s only natural, especially if you’re preparing for a first-ever orthodontic visit, to have questions. We always do our best to answer. If you have a question that we don’t have listed, please feel free to contact us at any time and our friendly staff will be happy to address your concerns.

Your Teen Orthodontics Q&A Uncovered

Is there an age cut off for braces?

No. Although we recommend a consultation beginning at an early, age (7), it’s never too late to get braces.

I’ve been told I should have taken my child to the orthodontist years ago, is it too late?

Never! Similar to the first question regarding braces, there is no statute of limitations for visiting an orthodontist. Early detection is, however, recommended simply because it can help reduce the risk for future surgeries and/or invasive procedures and help your child to establish healthy habits of dental hygiene.

Will my child require an X-Ray during every visit?

No. Only when necessary. Your child can expect to receive an X-Ray during a first or second visit to assess the need for corrective orthodontic devices and/or procedures, and potentially as treatment nears. We strictly adhere to the guidelines of the ADA when it comes to X-Rays so that your child’s exposure to radiation is minimal and well below even the minimal limit.

Time for a Consultation

Ultimately a consultation will determine your teen’s need for corrective orthodontic treatment. If you’re ready to make a first appointment for teen orthodontics near Newtown PA, our team members are happy to help. Call us now at 215-968-5471

 

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