October 15, 2019 OrthoSC

Understanding the Basics of Preteen and Teenage Dental Problems

Growing into adulthood is a process of change, both physically and emotionally. For young people, it can be an essential time for trying to look your best. It can also be a time when teenage dental problems first begin to surface.

When teeth grow in out of alignment as children, there is not as much concern because these teeth fall out and make way for adult teeth. However, when adult teeth begin to grow, if they grow in out of alignment, it can be very stressful for a teenager. The largest proportion of orthodontic patients who are looking to correct their teeth structure, teenagers are at the top of the list. Almost 75% of teenagers have some type of orthodontic misalignment. These problems can start to become evident as young as seven years old.

Watching for The Signs of Misaligned Teeth

While some misalignment can be present pre-teen, teenage dental problems are much more noticeable as they enter their early and mid-teenage years. One of the biggest causes of complications can be the late loss of baby teeth. This can cause problems for their adult teeth coming into an already crowded mouth that is filled with permanent teeth that have already grown into place.

When to See an Orthodontist

If your teen shows signs of an overbite, underbite or has misaligned teeth, it’s probably a good idea to get them in for an orthodontic evaluation. The good news is that today’s orthodontics are less invasive, less noticeable, and less expensive than ever before. If caught early, many teenagers can use aligners and low visibility braces for correction, which can be a big help for their self-esteem. If your teenager is showing signs of misaligned teeth, we can help. You can learn more about our specialized orthodontics for teenagers at http://www.orthodontiststudiocity.com/ or give us a call for a consultation appointment.