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Adolescent Treatment

adolescent bracesMeschke Orthodontics specializes in adolescent treatment in Wichita and Hutchinson Kansas. Dr. John D. Meschke has more than 30 years of experience with treating kids and teens. Normal comprehensive treatment involves placing braces on the patient once his or her permanent teeth have erupted. The braces straighten the permanent teeth and finish correctly aligning the patient’s jaw. By age 12, most, if not all, permanent teeth have erupted and are in place, which is when crooked teeth, gaps and bad bites can easily be detected. These problems will usually not correct themselves, so this is when most parents decide to seek orthodontic treatment for their children.

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For many teenagers, straightening their teeth is a part of life – an important part of life because a beautiful and healthy smile can boost one’s self-confidence. If the thought of braces is unattractive to your teen, Invisalign clear aligners may be a great solution because they straighten teeth without metal braces or wires.

Children at this age are growing rapidly, and orthodontists can usually take advantage of these growth spurts to help shape the bite and teeth correctly. Pre-teens and teenagers have high metabolisms, which can help shorten overall treatment time and reduce the discomfort of orthodontic treatment.

Meschke Orthodontics

  • Wichita Office - 1919 N. Maize Rd., Wichita, KS 67212 Phone: 316-722-0257
  • Hutchinson Office - 2 Compound Dr., Hutchinson, KS 67502 Phone: 620-662-6667

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