Orthodontics for Teens
We understand how difficult your teenage years can be and we want you to have a smile you are confident with and excited to show your friends and family.
Braces! What now?
Adolescent years are the most common time to begin orthodontic treatment. In general, by age 12, most of the permanent teeth have erupted and we are able to assess the amount of crowding and spacing accurately. We are also able to use the amount of growth remaining to our advantage to properly correct bite concerns.
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:
- Type of treatment — The amount of time that you are in orthodontics depends on if you are in early, comprehensive or re-treatment. At the beginning of your treatment, Dr. Vayda and McMahon will give you a time estimate, and with your help, we do our best to stick to this time frame!
- 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!
Braces Your Way!
Our offices offer a variety of styles, materials, and colors to choose from to make your orthodontic experience easier, more comfortable and even more stylish than in the past:
- Ceramic braces
- Clear aligners
- Traditional metal braces
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! Please contact our practice to schedule your next orthodontic checkup.