Braces for Teens

When it comes to braces  for teens, Park Cities, East, and North Dallas-area orthodontist Dr. Ragan offer a broad range of treatment plans to ensure that your child achieves a stunning smile.

Braces For Teens
A father himself, Dr. Ragan is able to truly connect with our teen patients so that they feel confident and comfortable throughout the orthodontic treatment process. If your child is ready to pursue orthodontic treatment, we invite you to learn more about the many teens’ orthodontics options offered at our Park Cities, East, and North Dallas offices.

Braces for Teens Options
Many of our teenage patients view treatment with braces as a sort of rite of passage and have many friends who wear braces, so they may be just fine with traditional metal braces. Other patients, especially our patients in their teen years, may be concerned with the appearance of braces and are better served with tooth-colored or clear ceramic braces or even totally invisible lingual braces. These patients are also often relieved to learn that Dr. Ragan offers Vivera™ retainers, which allow our patients to maintain the placement and positioning of their teeth without the telltale metal wires of traditional retainers. Parents also like Vivera™ retainers because they receive a new retainer in the mail every three months, so keeping retainers clean and losing retainers become less of a concern. For our teenage patients concerned with the amount of time they will be wearing braces, Dr. Ragan is pleased to offer AcceleDent™, which can speed up orthodontic treatment time by up to 50 percent.
Dr. Ragan knows that our teenage orthodontics patients often lead very active lifestyles. To help protect the beauty and health of these patients’ smiles, Dr. Ragan can custom-fit them with durable sports mouth guards.

Contact us for Braces for Teens in Park Cities, East, and North Dallas
If your child’s teeth are crooked or misaligned, orthodontics for teens at Dr. Ragan’ Park Cities, East, and North Dallas offices is the ideal solution. Dr. Ragan understands the unique needs and motivations of our patients who are teens and can suggest the best treatment plan to help your child achieve a truly stunning smile. To learn more about teens’ orthodontics, we encourage you to contact us to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Ragan.

Over Crowding

  • Lack of room for the teeth in the jaws for the teeth to align properly
  • Usually gets worse over time
  • Without proper tooth maintenance could lead to plaque collection, cavities, and gum and bone disease
  • Solutions – Self-Ligating braces, Ceramic braces, Invisalign, or Lingual Braces are the most common correction for this condition; however, crowding can be associated with many of the other mentioned conditions.

Spacing or Gapped Teeth

  • Gaps in the teeth are created when there is extra room in the jaws for the teeth, or other outside factors are present like tongue thrust or strong muscle pull called fremuns
  • Rarely does the spacing get smaller over time
  • Without proper tooth maintenance could lead to plaque collection, cavities, and gum and bone disease
  • Solutions – Self-Ligating braces, Ceramic braces, Invisalign, or Lingual Braces are the most common correction for this condition; however, spacing can be associated with many of the other mentioned conditions.

Overbite or Tooth Flaring

  • Flaring of the front teeth sometimes called an overbite, is actually what doctors call overjet or Class II bite. It is a horizontal overlap of the teeth with upper out in front of the lower.
  • Most of the time the flaring gets worse with growth
  • With the teeth positioned forward, the teeth are suseptable to periodontal issues and are at a higher risk of trauma to the front teeth. It can also have a negative psycosocial effect.
  • Solutions – Self-Ligating braces, Ceramic braces, Invisalign, or Lingual Braces and the Carriere Motion appliance are the most common correction for this condition; however, an overbite can be associated with many of the other mentioned conditions. The solution in some cases may even involve jaw surgery or extraction of permanent teeth.

Underbite

  • Underbite, or as doctors call it Class III bite, is when the lower teeth protrude in front of the upper teeth.
  • This usually gets worse over time and is very difficult to treat
  • Underbite can lead to excessive wear of the teeth and in some instances pain in the jaw and joints and is one of the main reasons a person has jaw surgery or extraction of permanent teeth.
  • Solutions – Self-Ligating braces, Ceramic braces, Invisalign, or Lingual Braces and the Carriere Motion appliance are the most common correction for this condition; however, an underbite can be associated with many of the other mentioned conditions. The solution in some cases may even involve jaw surgery or extraction of permanent teeth.

Openbite

  • Openbite is where the top and bottom teeth cannot touch or contact. This can happen in the front or back of the mouth.
  • Usually caused by a bone growth abnormality when younger but can also be related to habits such as thumb/finger sucking or tongue habits
  • Openbite can cause painful or poor chewing function and even excessive wear of the few teeth that are in contact
  • Solutions – Self-Ligating braces, Ceramic braces, Invisalign, or Lingual Braces and some other small appliances are the most common correction for this condition; however, openbite can be associated with many of the other mentioned conditions. The solution in some cases may even involve jaw surgery.

Crossbite

  • Crossbites in the front of the mouth happen to individual teeth. Crossbites in the back of the mouth are related to a narrowing of the entire upper jaw.
  • These conditions rarely correct themselves
  • Crossbite can contribute to abnormal growth of the jaw, excessive wear of teeth, and even gum problems and bone loss.
  • Solutions – Self-Ligating braces, Ceramic braces, Invisalign, or Lingual Braces are the most common correction for this condition; however, a crossbite can be associated with many of the other mentioned conditions. The solution in some cases may even involve jaw surgery or, in some instances, leave the crossbite and correct the other conditions.

Deepbite

  • Deepbite is where the top and bottom teeth overlap in a vertical or up and down direction excessively. In some cases, you cannot even see the lower teeth when smiling
  • This condition usually gets worse over time
  • Deepbites contribute to wear of the teeth, trauma to the roof of the mouth, and gum issues and or bone loss
  • Solutions – Self-Ligating braces, Ceramic braces, Invisalign, or Lingual Braces are the most common correction for this condition; however, a deep bite can be associated with many of the other mentioned conditions.

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Looking for an orthodontist near me in Dallas, TX? Orthodontist Dr. Michael Ragan at Ragan Orthodontics specializes in state of the art braces and Invisalign aligners. Services include early orthodontic treatment for children, and full orthodontic treatment for teens, and adult orthodontics. Visit our convenient location today in Dallas, TX.