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 may think. In fact, braces today come in a variety of styles, materials, and colors, which makes life with braces much easier, more comfortable, and much more fashion-forward 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 Dr. Jackson 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. Every patient’s smile is unique to them, and each patient has a different smile and different needs than the next. While it may take one patient only 12 months to correct their smile, it may take another 24 months. Treatment times can vary, depending on how quickly your teeth respond and how much work is needed to give you the show-stopping smile you expect.
- YOU! — Your willingness to use the appliances our office gives you as directed 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 time shorter and easier!
Braces Your Way!
Our practice offers a variety of braces, types, and styles to choose from. Some common options include:
- Ceramic braces
- Invisible braces
- Lingual braces
- Traditional metal braces
- Clear aligners (like Invisalign)
Orthodontic braces are a big part of growing up for many people your age. While braces may have been a “bummer” in the past, today’s braces make it easy to look good and feel great while getting the smile of your dreams! Please contact Jackson Orthodontics to schedule your next orthodontic checkup.