Many teenagers cringe at the thought of having a “tin grin” but they end up getting them anyway at the insistence of their parents. There are many teens that actually look forward to wearing braces because they are aware of the long term benefit but there are just as many teens that don’t want anything to do with them as they think wearing them will have a detrimental impact on their social life or their ability to play sports.

There is little doubt that many teens, just like adults, do not have the perfect set of teeth, the teeth that their parents want them to have for their future. Once the first “baby teeth” fall out and are replaced by the permanent teeth there can often be evidence that orthodontic help is going to be needed.

Some children’s teeth come in crooked; they overlap or rotate on their axis. Often a teen’s mouth is too small and the teeth are crowded into the oral cavity. When this is the case these issues can be corrected by an orthodontist in West Islip. Many teen’s and parents alike think that the only reason for braces is to correct these abnormalities with the way the teeth grow or locate themselves, this of course is one of the primary reasons but not the only one.

Some people are born with a condition known as “malocclusion”, this is often called bad bite and it simply refers to the wrong jaw size to provide a matching bite. If the upper jaw is larger than the lower jaw this will result in an over-bite, conversely an under-bite is the result of a larger lower jaw than upper jaw. A malocclusion can be prevalent even if the teeth themselves are straight and beautiful.

The solution of course is teen braces. The orthodontist in West Islip will be the first to tell you that a bad bite can interfere with the proper chewing of food which results in digestion problems. Chewing is the first stage of the digestive process and if the food is not masticated properly then digestive problems can follow. Misaligned teeth are also more difficult to maintain, brushing and flossing are significantly more difficult, the result can be cavities and other forms of tooth decay.