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The Connection Between A Beautiful Smile And Teen Self-Esteem

Does your teen avoid photos at family events or even selfies because they’re self-conscious about their teeth? It’s all too common, and unfortunate as an adolescent’s smile can actually have a profound effect on their self-esteem and can even impact their social skills. Yet many teens are hesitant about undergoing traditional orthodontic treatment… namely traditional metal braces.

That’s where Invisalign® Teen comes in. With Invisalign, we use a series of clear, removable aligners that have been custom-made for your teen’s teeth, a result of precise images we take with the sophisticated scanner. Your teen simply wears these aligners over their teeth, changing them out for a new set of aligners periodically—around every two weeks. Little by little, your teen’s teeth gradually shift into place.

With Invisalign Teen we can correct many common orthodontic issues from crowding and spaced teeth to protruding upper teeth. We can even address improper bites due to thumb-sucking as a child, periodontal disease, poor dental hygiene, early or late loss of primary teeth or trauma to the teeth from a sports injury.

The good news is that adolescence is the optimal time to address orthodontic problems as teens haven’t yet finished growing. Early correction frequently leads to shorter overall treatment times and can be less costly when compared to correction of issues that have been allowed to progress into adulthood. Best of all, a beautiful smile boost self-confidence, setting your teen up for success in school, interpersonal relationships and their career.

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Humble Kids Dentistry is a colorful, fun place to be, and is built specifically with children in mind. The open bay treatment areas, child friendly themes and parent-friendly atmosphere is designed to enhance your family’s dental visit. Our dental team is highly trained and experienced in caring for children. We strive to deliver fun, caring dental experiences to our patients and take pride in caring for our community by providing high quality, conveniently accessible, compassionate oral health care.

In partnership with Optimal Orthodontics of Humble, we combine new technology with a commitment to quality and patient comfort. Our goal is to provide the highest quality orthodontic treatment for all our patients, with a personal touch in a supportive and caring environment.

Is Early Orthodontic Treatment Right for Your Child?

We’re often asked about early orthodontic treatment, particularly when the right time is to bring a child to us for an orthodontic consultation. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that most children are screened by age 7 by an orthodontist to see if they’re candidates for early orthodontic treatment, but as we all know, every child is different. There are often helpful signs that parents can look out for, which will help identify when it’s the right time for a visit to the orthodontist:

Common Signs

The teeth may look crowded, may protrude forward or meet abnormally. In fact, sometimes they don’t meet at all.

  • Difficulty chewing or biting into food is a common issue that indicates an orthodontic evaluation is in order. You may also see that the jaw looks disproportionate to your child’s face or you may hear a popping sound when your child opens wide.
  • If you see that your child is mouth breathing or if yours is an older child that still sucks their thumb or other finger, that’s definitely a sign that a consultation is in order. Another is if you hear or see grinding or clenching of the teeth either while sleeping or even awake.
  • Although these signs do not guarantee that your child needs treatment, they may indicate that an orthodontic evaluation is the right next step.

The Benefits
Early treatment can initiate the correction of significant problems, prevent more severe problems from developing and simplify future treatment. In fact, in some circumstances, further orthodontic treatment may not even be needed!

Contact us today!
Humble Kids Dentistry is a colorful, fun place to be, and is built specifically with children in mind. The open bay treatment areas, child friendly themes and parent-friendly atmosphere is designed to enhance your family’s dental visit. Our dental team is highly trained and experienced in caring for children. We strive to deliver fun, caring dental experiences to our patients and take pride in caring for our community by providing high quality, conveniently accessible, compassionate oral health care.

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