Treatment in the teen years can lead to an outstanding smile and a lifetime of self-confidence, as well as contributing to the health and function of teeth in the long run. For many patients this is the optimum time to address orthodontic problems while face and jaws are still growing and treatment can influence development.
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.
Invisalign can be a great treatment option for teen patients who are hesitant about traditional braces. Invisalign is not ideal for everyone and at the first visit the doctor can address if Invisalign is appropriate for your particular needs.
How long will my treatment take?
The amount of time it takes to treat your smile 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, and in some cases it may be recommended that a patient wait until they are older 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, so while it may take one patient only 12 months to complete their 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.
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!
Orthodontics Your Way!
Our practice offers a variety of braces, types, and styles to choose from. Some common options include:
Orthodontic braces are a big part of life for many people your age. Today's braces make it easy to look good and feel good!