Invest in Your Teen

The most common time for orthodontics for teens in South Dakota 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, 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 pierre may have even started Phase I treatment at a younger age and are now following it up with full braces or other orthodontic treatment.

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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, 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

How long does treatment take?

This question doesn’t have a concrete answer, unfortunately. Every case at Meyer & Dana Orthodontics is different, but the average length of the active stage of orthodontic treatment is anywhere from 6-36 months.

After this phase of treatment is complete, your teen will need to wear a retainer for as long as your orthodontist feels necessary based on their individual case. In many cases, we will recommend wearing a retainer at night indefinitely.

Our Meyer & Dana Orthodontics team will work as a team with you and your teenager to create a smile that will last a lifetime.

Can teens still play sports with braces?

Absolutely! If your teen athlete is wearing traditional braces, it’s crucial to protect their smile to stay on track with their treatment at Meyer & Dana Orthodontics. Our doctors strongly recommend using an orthodontic mouthguard to protect their braces and mouth from any potential injury.

Your teen can play any contact sport in the Rapid City, Spearfish, or Pierre area if they use the proper orthodontic mouthguard. If your teen has Invisalign, they can take their aligner out before practice or a game and put it back in afterward, but our Meyer & Dana Orthodontics team still recommends that Invisalign patients wear a protective mouthguard.

Will orthodontic treatment interfere with playing an instrument in the band?

Traditional metal braces might affect the way your teen plays some instruments in school bands around South Dakota.

Invisalign treatment at Meyer & Dana Orthodontics provides an excellent alternative to braces because removing their aligner before playing removes limitations for your teen.

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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.


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