Braces, retainers, and everything else that 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 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.
- Correction(s) Required
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.
Your willingness to use the appliances your orthodontist gives you, and as prescribed, 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 make your treatment as efficient and effective as possible.
Braces Your Way
Our practice offers a variety of braces, types, and styles to choose from. Some common options include:
- Ceramic clear braces
- Traditional metal braces
Orthodontic braces are a big part of life for many teens. 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 talk with our office so we can help you get the braces that suit you best.