Invest in Your Teen

The most common time for orthodontics for teens in South Dakota and Wyoming is between the ages of 12 and 16 since most permanent teeth will be in place by this age.

Fortunately, at Meyer & Dana Orthodontics, you can find solutions to make the treatment process much easier than ever before at all of our offices in Rapid City, Spearfish, Gillette, Buffalo, and Pierre.

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All About Teen Orthodontics

Experienced orthodontists like our team at Meyer & Dana Orthodontics can easily identify issues with spacing, crowding, bite, and alignment in this age range, and your teen’s bone and jaw structure are developed enough to start orthodontic treatment.

Some teens in Rapid City, Spearfish, and Gillette may have even started Phase I treatment at a younger age and are now following it up with full braces or other orthodontic treatment.

Choose Your Look

While creating a customized treatment plan for your teen, our doctors might recommend an orthodontic appliance.

Here at Meyer & Dana Orthodontics, you can choose from the latest treatment options.

Metal Braces

Metal Braces

Braces have come a very long way, even within the past decade. Many people think of bulky metal appliances when they think of braces, but at Meyer & Dana Orthodontics, that isn’t the case!

We use self-ligating braces to decrease the friction placed on your teeth and increase your comfort. Since no adjustments are necessary, there are also fewer appointments required during treatment!

Clear Braces

Also known as ceramic braces, these work the same way metal braces, but feature tooth-colored brackets that blend in with your smile.

These are a much less obvious way to straighten your teen’s smile. Since ceramic braces may break slightly easier and are a little more expensive than metal braces, we may not recommend them for everyone.

Clear Braces
Invisalign

Invisalign® or Spark Clear Aligners

The Invisalign system is made up of a series of fully customized, clear trays called aligners. These aligners are nearly invisible and totally removable.

Made of soft thermoplastic, the aligners provide a more comfortable orthodontic experience at Meyer & Dana orthodontics with no friction or abrasions inside your teen’s mouth.

Each week your teen will switch their aligner for the next in the set. When your teen wears the aligners for the 20-22 hours per day recommended by their orthodontist, their teeth will gradually move into the desired positions.

Invisalign and Spark work best for mild to moderate orthodontic issues, and may not be an option if your orthodontist recommends more severe corrections for your teen.

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Benefits of a Straight Smile

Straight teeth that respond well to orthodontic treatment at Meyer & Dana Orthodontics give your teen a ton of benefits, like:

  • Less prone to wear and tear, chipping, and tooth trauma
  • Easier to keep clean, helping to prevent tooth decay and cavities
  • Improving proper chewing and digestion of food
  • Reducing the chances of developing gum disease, which can result in bone loss, decay, and tooth loss

Watch for Orthodontic Issues

Beyond outward appearances, untreated dental problems can have a lasting impact on your teen’s oral and overall health, so talk to our Meyer & Dana Orthodontics team about any questions or concerns you may have.

If you notice any of the following issues, we recommend a free consultation with one of our doctors, since they could be signs your teen may benefit from orthodontic treatment at our office in Rapid City, Spearfish, Gillette, Buffalo, or Pierre.

  • Early, late, or irregular loss of their baby teeth
  • Jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face
  • Difficulty with chewing or biting
  • Protruding teeth
  • Frequent biting of the cheek or the inside of the mouth
  • Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all
  • Crowding or extra spacing between teeth
  • Jaws that shift or make sounds

Bad Bites

Allowing our team to diagnose and successfully treat certain bite problems can give you short-term and long-term benefits.

Meyer & Dana Orthodontics can correct common problems classified as “bad bites” using orthodontic treatment, such as:

  • Missing or extra teeth
  • Crooked or crowded teeth
  • Incorrect jaw position
  • An overbite or underbite
  • A disorder of the jaw joint

FAQs About Teen Orthodontics

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Make an Investment in Your Teen’s Smile Today

Braces treatment at Meyer & Dana Orthodontics is an investment in your child’s future. At your free consultation, our team will be happy to discuss the benefits of treatment with both of you, as well as any of the risks with putting off or skipping treatment.

Although adults can complete orthodontic treatment too, a teenager’s jaws and teeth can respond quicker to orthodontic treatment, shortening their total treatment time at our offices in South Dakota and Wyoming.