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Orthodontic Treatment For Teenagers in NYC

Orthodontic Treatments for Teenagers in NYCIt’s no secret that most adolescents find their teenage years to be quite awkward. Furthering any insecurities is the fact that lots of boys and girls have to undergo orthodontic treatment for health and aesthetic reasons. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) estimates that anywhere between 70 to 80 percent of adolescents have braces.

If you live in the Manhattan area and suspect that your son or daughter needs to see a New York City orthodontist, you may want to consider making an appointment at Upper Eastside Orthodontists. For years, Dr. Vaysman and her staff have been treating teenagers with a wide range of dental problems. Dr. Vaysman is the recipient of various awards including the Academy of Dental Materials Award and the American Association of Women Dentists Colgate-Palmolive Research Award. For years, she’s helped teens regain their confidence by giving them the perfect, healthy smile they’ve always wanted.

When should my teen get braces?

Although every teenager is different, the AAO says that most patients begin treatment between the ages of 9 and 14 years old. Certain types of dental issues are treated easier once permanent teeth have come in. It can also be a simpler process to treat bites that are misaligned once your child’s jaw has developed to its full adult size. In the event that your teen was never screened by a NYC orthodontist during childhood, it’s important to mention this during his or her appointment with Dr. Vaysman, as this may influence the treatment she recommends.

Why would my teen need treatment?

There are various reasons that your adolescent would require orthodontic treatment. Your child could benefit from braces if she or he has:

  • An overbite
  • An underbite
  • Crooked teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Overlapping teeth.

Of course, every patient is different. It is virtually impossible to assess each individual’s case if he or she isn’t seen in person.

How important is orthodontic treatment?

Dr. Vaysman and her staff will tell you that braces offer your teen so much more than purely cosmetic benefits. Although orthodontics can certainly boost your teenager’s self esteem once treatment has been completed, orthodontia also:


  • Decreases the chance of wear and tear on teeth surfaces
  • Makes it easier to clean teeth
  • Prevents tooth decay
  • Reduces the likelihood of gum disease
  • Virtually eliminates problems speaking and chewing.

Treating dental problems during your son or daughter’s teenage years also drastically lessens the possibility that he or she will require extensive and costly dental treatment later. Don’t let problems become worse. Tackle them now so they don’t become an issue down the road.

What options are available?

These days, there are plenty of choices when it comes to selecting what type of braces your teen wants. Despite the wide variety of orthodontics, some may be more appropriate for your teen than others. Dr. Vaysman and her staff can speak with you and your kid about:

  • Clear orthodontic braces – These are ceramic braces and are a great option for patients who don’t want the brackets to be as noticeable.
  • Invisalign – Invisalign straightens teeth using custom aligners that are replaced every few weeks.
  • Invisible braces – Brackets are put on the inside of the teeth so no one even needs to know you are undergoing treatment. Dr. Vaysman and her employees are a Certified iBraces Provider.
  • Traditional mental braces – Teens select this type of braces most often at Upper Eastside Orthodontists. They are silver in color and held together using an archwire.

How can I schedule an appointment?

Scheduling an appointment for your teen with Dr. Vaysman has never been simpler. All you have to do is fill out an appointment request form online. To do so, click here. Don’t trust your teenager’s teeth with anyone else. Contact Upper Eastside Orthodontists today.