Adolescent Treatment

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Adolescent Treatment

Quality Orthodontic Treatment in Scotia, NY

At Hoskinson Orthodontics, our mission is simple: provide high-quality, convenient orthodontic treatment to patients of all ages throughout Scotia, Schenectady, and the surrounding areas. Our Scotia orthodontist, Dr. Richard J. Hoskinson, takes the time to work with patients individually and customize treatment to suit any lifestyle, while our team of highly-trained orthodontic specialists works to promote a welcoming, easy-going office environment. We treat patients at any age, but the most common age for orthodontic treatment is what you might expect: adolescence.

Why Do Teens Need Braces?

Adolescent orthodontic treatment is so common that braces have almost become a rite of passage for teens. While some people are lucky enough to be born with perfect teeth, the truth is that most of us will develop some form of orthodontic treatment – and for a number of reasons, adolescence presents an ideal window for treatment.

For starters, adolescence is the first time in a person's life when all of the adult teeth have fully erupted. This allows us to make permanent changes to the alignment of the teeth, as these teeth will last the rest of your life. Furthermore, teenagers have a high metabolism and experience growth spurts. We can use this growth to speed up treatment, allowing us to achieve a better smile on a faster timeline. Lastly, there's a social component: because braces are so common for teenagers, most teens don't have reservations about the prospect of braces. In fact, some teenagers want braces just to fit in with their friends!

Braces & Invisalign for Teenagers in Schenectady, NY

Metal braces are the most popular treatment we offer by far, but they're no longer the only option. Thanks to advancements in orthodontic technology, we can offer a variety of orthodontic treatment options to our patients. Your Scotia orthodontist will work with you to help you choose the treatment that makes the most sense for your lifestyle, and depending on your orthodontic needs, you may be eligible for any one of the treatments we offer:

  • Traditional Metal Braces: The most common form of treatment, these us stainless steel brackets and wires to straighten the teeth. Metal braces are durable, reliable, and effective for almost any orthodontic condition, and modern braces are more comfortable and aesthetically appealing than braces of the past.
  • Clear Braces: These use the same basic mechanism as metal braces, but the brackets are made from a clear ceramic composite material. This makes them blend in with the teeth for a less obvious form of braces.
  • Wilckodontics: Also called Accelerated Osteogenic Orthodontics (AOO), this is a new form of treatment that stimulates bone growth to radically increase tooth movement and achieve faster orthodontic treatment. Dr. Hoskinson is an expert in Wilckodontics and can use it to help you achieve your dream smile faster than ever!
  • Invisalign Teen: Invisalign Teen does away with brackets and wires, instead using a series of clear, removable aligners to straighten teeth. The aligners are almost invisible when worn and easy to pop out for eating, drinking, and oral hygiene, making them a highly discreet and convenient form of treatment. Plus, Invisalign Teen includes specific features like compliance indicators and free replacement aligners to make it even more convenient for the teenage lifestyle.

Schedule a Consultation with Your Schenectady Orthodontist

Getting orthodontic treatment during adolescence is one of the best ways to ensure a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime, and if you'd like to start the process for yourself or your child, we'd be thrilled to help! Contact us today to learn more about treatment, or use our easy online form to schedule your consultation. We look forward to hearing from you, and we're excited to help you achieve your dream smile!