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Orthodontic Treatment Tips For Middle School Patients

Your child’s middle school years are a great time to consider orthodontic treatment with JK Orthodontics!

braces are a popular orthodontic treatment for young patients


Spring is finally here, and this beautiful time of year just so happens to also be a wonderful time for parents to consider orthodontic treatment consultations for their middle schoolers.

May and June are great months to begin timing out a young teen’s treatment plan, and below we’ll be detailing why early summer is a good time to get braces or Line-M-Up™, as well as other tips to keep in mind for middle school patients!


Why Exactly Is Spring & Early Summer A Good Time Of Year For Middle Schoolers To Begin Orthodontic Treatment?


A lot of parents are surprised when they find out some of the more intricate details about timing out orthodontic treatment, but there are several key benefits of beginning a middle schooler’s orthodontic treatment in the early summer months.

Although the American Association of Orthodontists has officially suggested that parents should bring in their children for their initial orthodontist consultation around age 7, there are plenty of families who choose to actually initiate treatment plans during middle school years. This is because middle schoolers have developed their permanent teeth and have shown significant jaw development by about age 13.

The main reason why spring and early summer are great times to begin a middle schooler’s treatment is because these young teens tend to be extremely busy during the school year with jam-packed extracurricular schedules outside of regular school hours. Missing school during the middle of the semester can be tough on kids, especially when their school has a strict attendance policy.

And it’s no secret that the first 2-3 days of braces treatment can be uncomfortable, which can sometimes be tough for a student’s schedule full of homework and after-school activities. So when you plan for those first few days to be during a time when your child doesn’t have as much going on, it can make the initial recovery stage require less time out of school.


What Are Some Good Orthodontic Treatment Options For Middle Schoolers?


We all know how middle school can be tough from a social standpoint, and teens have always been self-conscious about their appearance. A lot of middle schoolers are just beginning to learn how to fit in with their peers, and adding in braces can sometimes create concerns about how they look and feel about themselves.

The good news is that JK Orthodontics offers treatment options that can help boost your middle schooler’s self-esteem by making braces more fun. Some of these options include the following:


Clear Braces


Clear braces are made with a tooth-colored ceramic material that ends up blending in really well with a patient’s smile. This means that the braces are less noticeable as compared to traditional metal braces, but they’re still equally as effective. Clear braces are also often referred to as invisible braces, and they’re great options for middle schoolers and teens that want an alternative option to metal braces.

Although clear braces tend to be a little more expensive than metal braces, our financing options make this option affordable for every family’s budget!


Gold Braces


Another fun alternative orthodontic treatment for middle schoolers is gold braces, which of course offers a unique aesthetic as compared to traditional metal braces. Teens love gold braces for their attractive appearance and functionality, and this option always helps a patient stand out amongst the crowd!

Gold braces are a fashion statement for any middle schooler, and the treatment process is the exact same as compared to metal braces. A lot of people think gold braces are a bad idea because of how soft actual gold is as a metal, which is why you should know that these braces are actually a gold coating on top of stainless steel.

So gold braces look awesome, and their functionality is the exact same as traditional braces.


Line-M-Up™ Invisible Aligners


Line-M-Up™ is our very own, trademarked invisible aligner system at JK Orthodontics.

With Line-M-Up™, Dr. Karpac can help align a patient’s smile in as little as 6-18 months, and the best part is that these invisible aligners are incredibly convenient for patients of all ages.

When it comes to middle schoolers, invisible aligners are great for patients who aren’t as interested in getting traditional braces (and complying with the necessary dietary restrictions of braces). With Line-M-Up™, you can eat essentially whatever you want because you’ll be taking the aligner trays out for each meal and snack.

Although middle schoolers have to remain vigilant about wearing their aligners at least 22 hours a day and cleaning them at least a few times a day, this is a wonderful alternative that countless middle schoolers and their parents have embraced in recent years!


Braces With Fun Colors


Every middle schooler is 100% unique, which is why we encourage patients to let their personalities shine during traditional braces treatment. Colored rubber bands can make it easy to show off school colors, a favorite team’s colors, or even holiday-oriented themes.

Making braces more fun can go a long way to help middle schoolers and teens feel more confident during their treatment, and this often leads to faster results!


Contact JK Orthodontics To Learn More About Our Orthodontic Treatment Options For Your Middle Schooler!


JK Orthodontics is one of the top orthodontic treatment providers in the entire Columbus Metro Area, so we’ve helped thousands of middle schoolers to make the most of their treatment processes.

Contact us online or give us a call at 614-766-0330 (Dublin office) or 614-471-6355 (Gahanna office) to speak with our team about scheduling your middle schooler’s initial consultation appointment with Dr. Karpac!