Our orthodontists recognize that teenage patients have unique needs. When it is time for your teeth to get braces, we will make sure to find the exact treatment that will give them the best –looking, most functional, most efficient smile possible. Sometimes, teenagers need braces and rubber bands. Others prefer Invisalign or clear braces. We will treat your teen individually because there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to orthodontics.
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 patients 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 a show-stopping smile you expect.
- YOU! – Your willingness to use the appliances. You play 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
- Traditional Braces
- Invisalign Teen
What can I eat while wearing braces?
You’ve probably heard from your parents, friend, and even orthodontist, the long list of foods and beverages that you should avoid while wearing braces. While it may seem like you’re giving up a lot, it is important to avoid eating certain foods. We also want you to enjoy your braces experience, so here’s a quick list of foods to avoid and foods to embrace while wearing braces.
- Dairy – soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks.
- Bread – soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins without nuts
- Treats – ice cream without nuts, jell-O, soft cake, milkshake
- Grains – pasta, soft cooked rice
- Meats/poultry – soft cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
- Seafood - tuna, salmon, crab cakes
- Vegetables – mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans
- Fruits – applesauce, bananas, fruit juice
Chewy foods – bagels, licorice, skittles
Crunchy foods – popcorn, chips, ice
Sticky foods – caramel candies, chewing gum
Hard food – nuts, hard candies
Foods that require biting into – con on the apples, carrots