Orthodontics for Teens
Braces, retainers, and everything else 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, today they come in a variety of styles, materials, and colors, which makes 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:
- Early treatment — Early treatment allows orthodontists to monitor the growth of the jaw and recommend further orthodontic treatment if it becomes necessary. Not everybody receives early orthodontic treatment: In some cases it may be recommended that a patient wait until later to receive treatment.
- What needs correction — The amount of treatment needed to correct a problem will determine how long the process takes. Different patients react to treatments differently: While it may take one patient only 12 months to complete the treatment, another patient may take 24 months. Treatment times can vary, depending on how quickly your body responds and how much work is needed to give you the show-stopping smile you expect.
- YOU! — Your willingness to use the appliances your orthodontist gives you plays a major role in the length of time it takes to complete your treatment. Always remember to take care of your braces and appliances; this truly will help make your treatment shorter!
Braces Your Way!
We love our teen patients, and teens love our new patent-pending mini braces system. We no longer have to place separators or old-school bands around teeth like older orthodontists. We have designed a unique system to utilize tiny braces to straighten the teeth faster and more efficiently, with less pain, than other orthodontic techniques. You can even choose wild and crazy, fun colors for your braces to show off your unique style!
Ceramic mini clear braces work just like our metal mini braces with the benefit of being less noticeable and blending into the tooth color. If you need braces but don’t want metal brackets, these are a great option!
Invisalign® Clear Aligners
Clear aligners like Invisalign are a great cosmetic choice to straighten your teeth. Since they’re clear, you don’t need to hide your smile while you’re in treatment! Plus, unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign aligners are removable, which means you can go ahead and eat all the things you love without worrying about breaking a bracket or losing a rubber band.
Invisalign® for Teens uses special clear aligners with compliance indicators on each one, so you’ll know just how long you’ve been wearing each. And with the Invisalign Teen Guarantee, you have the option to switch to wires and brackets if you decide that Invisalign treatment isn’t right for you within the first six months.
Orthodontic braces are 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!
Lifetime Results protected by Retainers for Life
Once your new smile is complete, retainers will protect and safeguard your smile for life. We know that sometimes that means for our patients, going off to college or relocating with time. In order to provide you access to maintaining your smile forever, we now offer the Retainers for Life Protection Plan that grows with you, no matter where you are. Our Retainers for Life members can order retainers shipped to you even when you are away for college.
Please contact our practice to schedule your orthodontic consultation.