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When should your high schooler wear braces?

When should your high schooler wear braces?

teenage girl with glasses playing on her phoneChildren can begin wearing braces once they have lost their baby (primary) teeth and a majority of the permanent teeth have grown in. This can range anywhere from ages 8 to 14. Not everyone starts that early, though, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with undergoing orthodontic treatment in high school. If you have a high-school-aged child who requires teeth straightening treatments, Dr. John McDonald provides a wide range of orthodontic treatments for teenagers who live in or around Salem, OR.

Benefits of Undergoing Orthodontic Treatments in High School

High school offers an ideal time for your child to begin wearing braces. By this age, most kids are becoming self-conscious about their smiles. Some teenagers bemoan having to wear braces, but your kid certainly will not be the only one in his or her class who sports an orthotics smile.

Dr. McDonald can begin orthodontic treatments for your high schooler, whether he or she is in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. If at all possible, we recommend that your child’s treatment timeline be complete before they head off to college. That way, Dr. McDonald can oversee every step of the orthodontic treatment process, from initial Invisalign or metal braces placement to the final photo-ready results.

Many of our parents find that are advantages to undergoing orthodontic treatments while in high school. A few of these include:

Parental Oversight

In theory, teenagers are supposed to be fairly self-sufficient. The reality of adolescence means that teenagers still benefit from the guidance of their parents or other legal guardians. This can be very beneficial for teens who have braces placed at McDonald Orthodontics. Throughout the treatment process, parents will be educated on the treatment process. Even bright teenagers may have difficulty understanding the finer points of orthodontic treatments. Your high schooler may require reminders and even help meeting important dental exams on time.

Insurance Coverage

Teenagers have an important advantage over adults in at least one health-related area: They are likely covered under their parents’ health or dental insurance. While dental insurance may not cover all of the expenses related to orthodontic treatment, there are usually financial benefits.

Plenty of High Schoolers Will Also Be Undergoing Orthodontic Treatments

Most adults who have braces wished they had undergone the treatment when they were younger. The fact is, no one is surprised to see a child who has wires and brackets on their teeth. If your teenager complains about “embarrassing” braces, remind them that high school is the normal and expected life stage where people undergo orthodontic treatments.

What Are My Child’s Treatment Options?

The first step toward delivering a more attractive smile for your child is to set up a consultation with Dr. McDonald. Depending on your child’s dental needs and cosmetic goals, Dr. McDonald may recommend traditional metal braces, non-braces treatments, Invisalign, and more. Invisalign even offers a product, Invisalign Teen, just for high schoolers. The clear aligners have a special colored button that alerts parents when the 22-hour compliance rules are not being met.

Schedule Your High Schooler’s Braces Consultation Today

By beginning your child’s Salem orthodontic treatment while he or she is a freshman, you can ensure that the treatment will be completed by the time they leave for college. Give your child the gift of a beautiful smile by contacting our dental practice online or calling (503) 585-5400.