Three words that every teen dreads: YOU NEED BRACES

While braces may have had a bad reputation in the past, today's braces make it easy to look good and feel good! 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. Orthodontic braces are a big part of life for many people your age.

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 patients 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 6 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!

Our practice offers a variety of braces, types and styles, to choose from. Some common options include:

• Clear/Ceramic braces 

• Invisible braces/Clear Aligners (ex: Invisalign® ... A complimentary consultation can determine if they are right for you)

• Traditional metal braces