For Teens

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 might 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 only 12 months to complete the treatment, another patient may require 24 months. Treatment times will vary depending on how quickly the body responds and how much work is needed to arrive at the show-stopping smile you desire.
  • YOU! — Your willingness to use the appliances Dr. Dana selects will play a major role in the length of time it takes to complete your treatment. Always remember to take proper care of the braces and appliances; this truly will help make the treatment shorter!

Braces Your Way!

Orthodontic braces are a big part of life for many young people. While they 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.

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