3 Things To Consider When It Comes To Teens And Orthodontics

For many teenagers orthodontics are a part of growing up. During the teen years, many teens begin to feel insecure about the appearance of their smile and seek out orthodontics to improve their appearance. Braces and other orthodontic appliances can correct crooked teeth, misaligned jaws, and even crowding. In some cases, orthodontics may even be needed in order to be able to chew or speak correctly. While orthodontic treatment is very common during the teen years, there are few things that should be considered when it comes to treatment.

Dental Insurance May Cover Some Of The Cost

When looking into braces or other orthodontic treatments, it's important to take a close look at existing dental insurance policies. While many dental insurance plans do not cover the cost of orthodontic treatments for adults, they often do cover the cost for dependents under the age of 18. On average braces tend to range in price from $3,000 to $7,000. Dental insurance can take care of at least a portion of these costs for many teens. Taking a closer look at dental insurance can offer savings of hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.

There Are A Variety Of Options

Another thing to consider is that for teens today, orthodontics doesn't necessarily mean having a mouth full of metal. While traditional metal braces are still very common, there are other options for teens who want orthodontic treatments that are less obvious. Ceramic and lingual braces are less obvious than metal braces. For teens who want orthodontic treatment that is virtually undetectable, invisalign is an option. However, with invisalign, it may not be the right choice for every teen. Certain issues may require the use of metal braces or other types of orthodontic appliances.

Treatment Time

Another thing to consider is the overall time it will take for the orthodontics to do their job. This can vary from teen to teen depending on the method of treatment and the extent of their orthodontic problems. For many teens treatment often lasts anywhere from 6 months to two years and beyond. Orthodontics also require regular appointments for adjustments as well. Often teens will need to go in at least once a month. Taking treatment time into account when choosing a treatment plan is a must. 

When it comes to orthodontics, the teen years are very popular for treatment. While teens often end up undergoing orthodontic treatments, there are a few things to consider. Dental insurance will often cover part of the cost of treatment for patients under the age of 18. Teens also have plenty of options to choose from when it comes to orthodontic treatments. Time is another thing to consider. Treatment can take up to a few years in some cases. Starting as early as possible is often beneficial.