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Braces for Teens

You have 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:

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 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 treatment, it may take another patient 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.

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!
Our practice offers a variety of braces, types, and styles, to choose from. Some common options include:

• Ceramic braces
• Invisible braces
• Traditional metal braces

Straighten your teeth without becoming a “braceface” or “metal mouth”
Invisalign Teen® you won’t need to shy away from smiling, wear a paper bag over your head, or hide out in your room for two years! Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign Teen aligners are removable, which means you can eat all the things you love without worrying about breaking a bracket or losing a rubber band. They’re super comfortable and very durable so you can still swim, run track, play football be in the school band, or pretty much do anything you want without braces getting in the way!

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! If you find out you need braces, talk to your orthodontist and parents to see what options you have and how to make your life with braces as painless and easy as possible.  

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