Braces! What now?
You’ve just heard the three words that every teen dreads: “You need braces.”
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.
- 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!
Clear ceramic braces
Ceramic braces can discreetly fix many of the same issues as metal braces and are great braces for teens as they blend in with the teeth.
Traditional metal braces
Metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Teens can make braces more fun with colorful rubber bands that show off their style.
Lingual braces, also known as “invisible braces” cannot be seen when you smile. These behind-the-teeth braces are a great orthodontic treatment option for busy teens.