Orthodontics for Teens
Braces, retainers, and everything else that you want to know about orthodontics!
You've just heard the three words that every teen dreads: “YOU NEED BRACES!”
Braces! What now?
Don't worry! Braces aren't nearly as scary as you may think. In fact, braces today come in a variety of styles, materials, and colors, making life with braces much easier, more comfortable, and even more stylish than in the past.
How long will I have to wear braces?
The amount of time it takes to treat your smile with braces depends on three key factors:
- What needs correction — The amount of treatment each individual patient needs depends on the specifics of their orthodontic problem. The arrangement of each person’s teeth are as unique as a thumbprint – no two patients are alike. Treatment times will vary depending on how much work is needed to give you the show-stopping smile you expect.
- Your body’s response to treatment — Patients often react to orthodontic treatment differently. The rate of tooth movement varies from patient to patient due to genetic influences, so while it may take one patient only 12 months to complete their treatment, it may take another patient 24 months.
- YOU! — Your willingness to wear the appliances (such as rubber bands) that are prescribed to your plays a major role in the length of time it takes to complete your treatment. Always remember to take care of your braces and wear your appliances; this truly will help make your treatment shorter!
Braces Your Way!
Our practice offers a variety of braces, types, and styles to choose from. Some common options include:
- Ceramic (clear) braces
- Invisalign Teen
- Traditional metal braces
Orthodontic treatment is a big part of life for many people your age. While braces may have had a bad reputation in the past, today's braces make it easy to look good and feel good!