Did you know that over 80% of teenagers in the United States will wear braces at some point? A young teenager’s teeth, jawline, and jaw strength constantly change and may develop in detrimental ways. Our orthodontic specialist, Dr. Evan, monitors these oral changes to ensure their teeth and jawbones are properly aligned, forming treatment plans specific to each teen in treatment with us.
Types Of Braces
The main options for teens include metal and clear aesthetic braces. We offer both traditional and fully customized treatment options. Other orthodontic appliances include Invisalign, which are not braces. Specific appliance recommendations are based on the individual presentation of each unique smile.
- Traditional Metal Braces: This treatment modality tackles misalignments using a semi-custom bracket prescription through a series of metal brackets attached to the front side of each tooth. A thin metal wire is used to connect those brackets together. The strength of the wire is carefully prescribed by Dr. Evan to gently move the teeth into their desired positions over time.
- Ceramic Braces: While they operate nearly the exact same way as metal braces, ceramic braces are designed to have a more discreet appearance and blend in with your natural smile.
- Fully Custom Bracket Options: Fully custom orthodontics is the future of the profession. While the appliances look very similar to traditional metal or clear braces the results and speed of treatment are superior. Schedule a free consultation to ask us about this option to see if it’s right for you.
Braces and Your Teen’s Lifestyle
Orthodontic treatment is a steady process that can take between 12-24 months on average. During this time, teenagers will need to make a few minor lifestyle adjustments to better care for their orthodontic appliances and teeth.
- Although not a painful process, it does take time to get used to the initial soreness of braces. You may feel some minor discomfort initially and after periodic adjustments, however, the feeling should subside within a day or two as your teeth adjust.
- It is important to avoid foods that are hard, sticky, or crunchy, like popcorn, ice, or certain candies. These types of foods can damage the brackets or stick to and pull on the wires.
- If you play sports, you should strongly consider wearing a mouthguard to protect your teeth and braces from accidental injury or damage.
- Keeping your teeth clean is essential. Food particles can stick to the brackets and stick under the wires, so you will need to brush and floss more thoroughly. Failing to properly follow a detailed oral health regimen can lead to further issues down the line.
It’s important to remember that braces are not meant to disrupt your lifestyle. The dietary restrictions, soreness, and extra cleaning are all temporary and ultimately meant to benefit you. Keep in mind that in the end, braces for teens help create a beautiful, confident smile.