Orthodontics for Teens
Braces for teens
The majority of our patients begin treatment during their adolescent and teen years (between the ages of 10 and 14).
By the age of 12, most of the permanent teeth have erupted. This is an ideal time to treat problems such as crowded teeth, spaces between the teeth, and bite problems.
During the teen years, patients are going through growth and developmental changes that allow us to move the teeth and correct a bite with minimal discomfort and shorter treatment time.
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.
Most teens look forward to getting their braces. At American Braces and Smile Center/Broadlands Orthodontics we provide our patients with options to ensure that their experience with braces is one that they will fondly remember. We offer metal braces that our patients can add colors to, as well as aesthetic alternatives like clear ceramic braces and Invisalign® Teen which is clear aligner specifically designed and treatment planned for teens.
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.
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, 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.
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!
We welcome patients of all ages in our orthodontic practice. Give us a call for more information on how we can transform your smile!
Braces Your Way!
Orthodontic braces are a big part of life for many people your age. While braces may have had a bad reputation in the past, today’s braces make it easy to look good and feel good!
Visit us for a free consultation!
Orthodontist Dr. Hessamfar will work with you to ensure that you receive the most appropriate teen orthodontic treatment and that your needs are met with understanding and utmost respect from us. He can also guide you through the decision-making process and will help you to choose the best type of braces for your exact needs.
At American braces & Smile Center we offer free complimentary orthodontic consultations.