Braces have advanced a lot in recent years. Now they come in different colors, styles, and even materials so that all teenagers can get the smiles they deserve without worrying about what others will think.

The newer styles of braces are more comfortable and stylish so that all teenagers can have smiles they are proud to show off.

We are often asked, “How long will I have to wear my braces?” The answer to this question depends on several factors. It depends on how early we catch the problem, what needs to be fixed, and how willing you are to follow directions. It also depends on how your teeth respond to treatment.

It is recommended that orthodontists monitor patients starting when they are seven years old so that problems can be caught and treated as soon as possible. The earlier you catch a problem, the easier the problem can be to treat. There are also times when we find a problem but may have put off treatment until you are older.

You are a key factor in how well your braces work. You need to take care of your braces and other appliances. You also need to wear them as prescribed so that your treatment works as it should.

How long you need to wear braces depends on what needs to be fixed. Some problems are minor and need just small adjustments while other malocclusions are more complicated and take longer to fix. Every patient responds to treatment differently. Some teeth move quicker than others, so what treatment may take one person only a few months, may take another person double that.

There are also several types of braces including traditional metal ones, ceramic ones, and invisible ones. Depending on your needs, lingual braces may be another option.

The most common question we are asked is about eating. There are some foods and drinks that you should avoid while wearing braces. Try not to focus on what you have to give up and instead focus on the end results.

You need to avoid chewy and crunchy foods. Sticky foods can really damage braces so it is important to avoid them along with hard food. Corn on the cob, apples, carrots, and other hard foods that you need to bite into should be avoided.

There are plenty of things that you can eat, including dairy, breads, and grains. You will still be able to eat meat and seafood. Most fruits and vegetables can still be eaten while you are wearing braces. Don’t worry about missing desert while wearing braces because you can still eat soft ice cream, cakes, and other sweet treats.

Orthodontic braces are quite common in teenagers. We offer many different styles and choices so that you can find braces to fit your lifestyle and give you the smile you deserve!

If you have any questions about braces for teenagers, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (304) 562-1000 (Hurricane) or (304) 736-4440 (Barboursville).