Teen orthodontics

Adolescence & orthodontic treatment in Leawood

Adolescence and orthodontic treatment often go hand in hand, partly because by the ages of 11 – 13, most kids have lost their baby teeth, and most of their permanent teeth have grown in. With the permanent teeth mostly in place, your family orthodontist can begin correcting issues that are causing bad bites, improper teeth spacing or alignment. Orthodontic issues become harder to treat with age, so solving these issues while they’re still growing can prevent the need for more invasive treatments in the future.

Jeff Thompson Orthodontics offers braces for teens in Leawood, Kansas. Schedule a free consultation to get started today.

Our orthodontic treatment process

Your teen’s first visit to our office will include taking pictures and radiographic (X-ray) images of their mouth and possibly making a model of their bite. If it’s determined they need orthodontic treatment, we’ll develop a treatment plan that fits your budget and their lifestyle. It may involve braces, with or without rubber bands (elastics) or another specialized orthodontic appliance.

How long do braces take to straighten teeth?

Braces are not a one-size-fits-all treatment. Some orthodontic issues may take longer to treat than others. However, generally, patients are in braces treatment for 1 – 3 years. After the initial treatment is complete, a retainer must be worn to keep the teeth in their new, straight positions to ensure a beautiful, healthy smile for a lifetime.

Book a free consultation

Ready to learn more about braces for teens? Book a free consultation at Jeff Thompson Orthodontics in Leawood, Kansas. We’ll evaluate your teen’s needs and devise a treatment plan that fits their lifestyle and your budget.