Many teens think of getting braces as an intimidating experience, but it is really not so scary. These days, teen braces are available in numerous materials, styles, and colors that will make living with them far easier, more fashionable, and more comfortable than braces of the past. It is extremely common for teens to have braces. You probably even know some people from school who have them. Furthermore, today’s braces usually are not worn for as long as those from your parents’ teen years. Ricci Orthodontics offers several styles of braces for teens.
How Many Teenagers Need Braces?
It is estimated that around 70 percent of teens in America could use braces. Take your school, for instance. If you look around, it is likely that roughly two out of every three students have them.
How Long Will I Have to Wear Braces?
How long you will need to wear your braces is based upon three factors:
- What Needs to be Corrected: 1. The length of treatment necessary to fix a certain issue is what most determines how long you need to wear your braces. In addition, each patient responds differently. Whereas one patient may finish treatment in just one year, another may require two years. These times generally depend on the speed of your body’s response and what degree of work is required to give you the smile you want.
- Your Involvement: 1. Your cooperation in the process has a major impact on how long your treatment takes. It is essential to take proper care of your appliances and teen braces, as doing so can shorten the duration of your treatment.
- Keeping Regular Appointments: 1. Keeping regular appointments with your orthodontist, which are scheduled about six to eight weeks in advance, is a very important factor in the length of your treatment. You should try to minimize cancelations if at all possible. However, if you cannot avoid missing an appointment, you should call our office to reschedule.
Braces Your Way!
At Ricci Orthodontics, we offer several different kinds of braces that teens can choose from to best suit their personal style and needs. Some of the most common choices include:
- Ceramic Braces
- Colored Braces
- Lingual (Behind the Tooth) Braces
- Traditional Metal Braces
- Wilckodontics® Accelerated Braces
- Invisalign® Teen
Why Should I Get Braces Now or Ever?
While it may be difficult to believe during the process, having braces will actually improve the appearance of your smile. Your smile is your most obvious feature and often the first thing people notice about you. When you look in the mirror, are you happy with your current smile? If not, braces will change that. A better-looking smile can improve your social life and your self-confidence.
Will Orthodontic Treatment Change My Lifestyle?
Braces come with a few complications to your lifestyle, such as having to avoid certain foods and spending a little more time on your oral care routine. However, most teens find that these issues are minor and braces do not really alter other areas of their lives. You can still play instruments, participate in sports, sing, and speak clearly. You can even use special-colored elastic bands on your braces if you want to make a fashion statement. The chances are good that once people see you with braces, they will not even think anything of it. It is important to note, however, that you will need to wear a mouth guard while engaging in any sports.
Can I Get Those Invisible Braces (Invisalign® Teen) Instead of Traditional Ones?
while there are a few specific problems requiring braces, many cases can now be treated by Invisalign teen. Please schedule a complimentary consultation to see if you are a good candidate and to discuss all of your options.
What Can I Do to Downplay Braces?
If you wear makeup, you can apply it in a way that distracts attention away from your mouth. Try using more eye shadow while avoiding bold colors of lipstick. You may also want to avoid using lip gloss, as this can reflect light off of metal braces.
If you would like to learn more about braces for teens in Johns Creek, Georgia, contact our orthodontist, Dr. Steven Ricci, at 678-417-9848. You are welcome to schedule a visit to our office to learn about braces in greater depth.