Orthodontics for Teens
Braces, retainers, and everything else that you want to know about orthodontics!
Don't worry! Braces are not 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, 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 in order 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!
Braces Your Way!
Our practice offers a variety of braces, types and styles, to choose from. Some common options include:
- Ceramic(clear) braces
- Invisible braces
- Gold Brackets
- Traditional metal braces
What can I eat while wearing braces?
You have probably heard from your parents, friends, and even your orthodontist, the long list of foods and beverages that you should avoid while wearing braces, and while it may seem like you are giving up a lot, it is important to avoid eating certain foods. We also want you to enjoy your braces experience, so here is a quick list of foods to avoid and foods that you can eat while wearing braces.
Foods to avoid while wearing braces:
Chewy foods - bagels, licorice
Crunchy foods - popcorn, chips, ice
Sticky foods - caramel candies, chewing gum
Hard foods - nuts, hard candies
Foods that require biting into - corn on the cob, apples, carrots
Foods you CAN eat while wearing braces:
Dairy - soft cheese, pudding, milk based drinks
Breads - soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins w/o nuts
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
Treats - ice cream w/o nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, soft cake
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! Please contact our practice to schedule your next orthodontic checkup.