Adolescent Treatment

Adolescent Treatment In Stillwater & Woodbury

For many teens, braces are a rite of passage. They're one more example of the changes adolescents go through at this time. At Henseler & Kocian Orthodontics in Stillwater and Woodbury, our orthodontists believe orthodontic problems don't improve with age – they just become more difficult to treat. Meaning, your child's teenage years are typically the best time for braces and orthodontic treatment.

braces Generally, by the age of 11-13, all the baby teeth have fallen out, the permanent teeth have come in and there is remaining jaw growth that we can take advantage of. At this time, it is best to treat problems that contribute to a bad bite, poor alignment, or excess spacing. A range of orthodontic treatments designed for teen patients are available at both of our locations in Stillwater and Woodbury!

The Orthodontic Treatment Process

During your first consultation at our adolescent orthodontic office, our kids orthodontist will discuss your concerns, explain our findings, and talk through the treatment options available. From there, we will develop a customized treatment plan specific to your child. Our most commonly used orthodontic appliances include:  

  • Metal Braces: Metal Braces need no introduction. But, you might be surprised to find they're smaller and lighter than ever. They also offer some customized options, like colored elastic ties on the brackets.
  • Clear Braces: Featuring brackets made of ceramic or a composite material which blend in with your teeth, making them more difficult to notice. Clear braces work just like metal braces but are less noticeable. 
  • Invisalign Teen: Invisalign Teen is a series of removable, clear plastic aligners that gradually straighten teeth as they are worn. Formerly recommended only for adult patients, they now come with special features like compliance indicators to tell how often you've been wearing them. braces1 Invisalign Teen can also retain the space for teeth that haven't erupted yet and come with six free replacement aligners in case they get lost or broken. Plus, they're almost entirely invisible!
  • Other Orthodontic Appliances: Other orthodontic appliances may be recommended in some cases where a major tooth or jaw movement is needed. Although rare, they can range from small devices that fit inside the mouth to more extreme situations like jaw surgery. This will all depend on your child and the treatment plan from our adolescent orthodontist. 


Length Of Orthodontic Treatment

Every patient has different needs. The length of orthodontic treatment depends on you and your specific smile goals. The active stage of orthodontic treatment typically lasts 6-24 months. Afterwards, you will wear a retainer indefinitely, or at least at night when you're sleeping. When your orthodontic treatment is complete, the new smile we've worked together to create will be yours for a lifetime.

Contact Henseler & Kocian Orthodontics For Your Next Visit!

At Henseler & Kocian Orthodontics, we want to help you achieve your best smile. Whether it is your first consultation or your last visit, our friendly staff and kids orthodontists are always ready and eager to answer your questions and calm any concerns. With offices located in Stillwater and Woodbury, we conveniently serve all of our patients. Feel free to call or stop by to set up your first consultation for braces or Invisalign Teen! A beautiful, straighter smile is right around the corner.

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