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Orthodontics for Teens in Guelph

Your teenage years are a perfect time to correct your teeth alignment and set yourself up for a lifetime of good oral health.
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Straighten Teeth and Improve Your Smile

After all your baby teeth have fallen out, your permanent teeth start to come in and find their lasting places. This stage is ideal for addressing any alignment problems, helping to avoid issues like crooked teeth or overcrowding.

For teenagers, orthodontic treatments such as Invisalign or braces are key in guiding teeth during this important growth phase, ensuring they develop correctly. At Guelph Family Dentistry, our team of experts will collaborate with you to choose the most suitable orthodontic option for your specific dental needs. With the right care, many treatments can be completed in as little as 6 months.

Consider orthodontic treatment if you’re facing any of these problems:

  • Overbite: where your upper teeth protrude significantly
  • Excessive spacing: noticeable gaps or spaces between teeth
  • Underbite: where your lower teeth extend too far forward
  • Crowding: teeth that overlap or are too tight to floss properly
  • Crossbite: a misaligned bite causing discomfort
  • Pain: persistent headaches, jaw pain, or discomfort in the upper back and neck

The Different Types of Orthodontic Treatments for Teens

Traditional Braces

Contrary to the stereotype of cumbersome metal braces often portrayed in TV shows and movies, contemporary orthodontic treatments have significantly evolved. Today’s braces are sleeker and more discreet, with tinier brackets and finer wires. They are also simpler to clean and maintain compared to their counterparts from years past. Despite these advancements, traditional braces continue to be the most reliable option for teeth correction.

Clear Aligners

Clear aligners, such as Invisalign, are rapidly gaining popularity as a top choice for orthodontic treatment, and it’s easy to see why. These aligners simplify oral hygiene, lessen the frequency of visits to the orthodontist, and provide a more comfortable and less visible corrective option compared to traditional orthodontic approaches. Additionally, clear aligners have the advantage of being removable for eating, drinking, and taking photographs.

Clear Brackets

A perfect middle ground for teenagers who need the effectiveness of traditional braces but prefer to steer clear of conspicuous metal parts. Clear brackets employ the same mechanism as regular braces, but instead use transparent brackets. This creates a subtler form of braces that are barely noticeable at a casual glance.

The Cost of Orthodontic Treatment in Guelph

With a typical insurance plan, orthodontic treatment usually averages between $3000 and $5000+ out-of-pocket. After an oral exam, we would be happy to provide you with an accurate quote so you can find out how much your insurance plan will cover and what your actual out-of-pocket expenses would be. Without insurance, orthodontic treatment for teens typically costs about $4000 to $6000+.

How do we determine the cost of your orthodontic treatment and why does it seem so expensive?

When considering the cost of orthodontics, there are a few things to consider:

  • The current condition of the patient’s oral health including teeth and gums.
  • How much the teeth need to move.
  • The kind of orthodontic treatment chosen.
  • The length of the treatment.

Because every smile is so different, the only way to find out how much your teenager’s treatment will cost out of pocket is to come into our Orthodontic Clinic in Guelph for a consultation. After an examination, we’ll come up with a personalized treatment plan that includes an accurate timeline and cost.

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to schedule an initial consultation & exam.

Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ideally, orthodontic treatment would occur in younger patients before most adult teeth have arrived. If you are a parent, we recommend bringing your teen in for a consultation. But don’t worry! There are orthodontic treatment options available for adults too! It’s never too late.
Braces do not hurt when they are first applied. After they begin to shift your teeth some discomfort may be felt. Most patients describe the feeling as more annoying than painful. That being said, if you have any pain or discomfort, let us know! There are solutions available to make your treatment as comfortable as possible.
Avoid food that might damage your braces (like candy apples, caramel, or corn on the cob) or may be difficult to clean out of braces (like caramel, gum and popcorn). You may also want to avoid sugary or acidic foods which will be more difficult than usual to clean off your teeth. Clear braces can become stained by some foods like beets, curry and kraft dinner.
Call us right away! Don’t wait until your next appointment.
Floss threaders and super floss are available and specially designed for flossing your braces or permanent retainers. We’d be happy to show you how to floss your braces at your next appointment.
For small changes, orthodontic treatment can be as short as 6 months but for the majority of patients, braces will stay on for between 6 months and 2 years. We can give you a more accurate estimate after an oral exam.

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