Orthodontics for young
children and teens aged 10 to 15 year old

10-15 years old: it is the ideal period to start an orthodontic treatment!

Indeed the period of growth is a key factor in correcting the imbalances of the jaws.

Orthodontics for young children and teens aged 10 to 15 years old

A treatment started in early adolescence is often simpler, shorter and can avoid teeth extractions or complicated procedures such as jaw surgery. A consultation by one of our orthodontists will help you determine the right time to start a treatment for your child.

Orthodontic treatment for teenagers

What are the warning signs that you should be looking for?

  • The front teeth don’t touch when your mouth is closed.

  • A difference of length between the upper and lower jaws.

  • Crooked teeth.

  • Difficulty to express themselves, to articulate

  • Breathing with their mouth open

  • Crowded teeth due to lack of space

  • Missing permanent teeth

  • A dysharmony of the lips

  • A receeding chin

Fixed orthodontic appliance

Braces are the number one choice in orthodontics for children and teens. A treatment by fixed appliance consists of fixing metallic or ceramic brackets or braces on each tooth.

Each tooth can be moved by the help of a wire that joins each of the brackets. Small colourful elastics can be used to attach the wire to the brackets.

The wires are changed regularly during the treatment depending on the movements required. Wearing elastics is often needed to complete the treatment to work on the occlusion.

Elastics wear for Class I Malocclusions

Class I malocclusions are characterised by a good occlusion but with a gap (open bite) between the upper and lower arches.

Elastics wear for Class II Malocclusions

Class II malocclusions are characterized by a forwarded position of the superior molars compared to the inferior molars.

Elastics wear for Class III Malocclusions

Class III malocclusions are characterized by a forwarded position of the inferior molars compared to the superior molars.

Frequently asked questions by the parents

Do you ask yourself questions regarding an orthodontic treatment ?

You can explore the FAQs to find your answers.

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  • Step 1 : the diagnosis

    We will realise a first diagnosis during the first visit with the help of x-rays and dental impressions to know if a treatment is required. According to the results the practitioner will decide if a treatment is required or not. A treatment plan will be provided according to the results.

  • Step 2 : fitting of the dental appliance

    The treatment starts with the orthodontist fitting the dental appliance.

  • Step 3 : Monthly visits

    The visits are usually scheduled once a month and will last for 12 to 27 months depending of the type of malocclusion that was diagnosed.

  • Step 4 : Stabilization/Retention

    To ensure long term results it is important to wear a retention appliance at the end of the treatment to stabilize the teeth alignment thanks to a hidden wire at the back of the teeth.

A treatment lasts usually between 12 to 27 months depending on the type of malocclusion diagnosed.

The treatment is recommended in the following cases:

  • Open bites

    Open bite between the jaws.

  • Crowded teeth

    Crowded teeth and lack of space due to an abnormal growth of the jaw.

  • Under- Over- Crossbite

    Upper and lower jaws are not in the right position for a good occlusion due to a lack of growth.

The treatment is not painful. However it is normal to feel some minor discomfort for a few days.

The price depends on the complexity, the type of appliance and the length of the treatment.

Yes, indeed. Philips Orthodontics offers you the possibility to spread the cost over the length of the treatment. Contact us for more information