Meschke Orthodontics specializes in adolescent treatment in Wichita Kansas. Dr. John D. Meschke has more than 25 years of experience with treating children and teens. Normal comprehensive treatment involves placing braces or aligners on the patient once his or her permanent teeth have erupted. The treatment straightens 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 be corrected easily. These problems will not correct themselves, so this 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.