Let’s face it… if you’re a teenager, you’re busy. With school, sports, music lessons, and dating, you don’t have a lot of time for orthodontic visits. You may not be excited about wearing braces at all. But things have changed over the last several years. Today’s orthodontic appliances are sleeker and more streamlined than ever before. When you undergo teen orthodontics at our practice, you can attain your new beautiful smile and still have time for life’s demands.
Dr. Carl Roy and our team remember what it was like wearing braces. Better yet, we remember how much we loved our new smiles when our treatment was complete. At Roy Orthodontics, we are here to help you on your journey. Read on to learn more about what to expect during your treatment.
Teen Orthodontics Options
When it comes to teen orthodontics, we offer several treatment options for teen braces. These include:
- Metal braces: Comprised of stainless steel components, metal braces use brackets, wires, and bands to gently move your teeth over time. You can even express your quirky personality with custom colored elastics! No need to worry about being uncomfortable, either. Today’s design is incredibly comfortable. Although it may take you a few days to get used to your new appliance, you’ll be back to normal life in no time.
- Ceramic braces: Not interested in vibrant colors? Looking for an option that is less noticeable? Our ceramic braces work the same way as metal braces, but the brackets are clear and the wires are frosted so they blend in with your smile.
- Invisalign® Teen: If you prefer a discreet option, Invisalign Teen could be the solution for you. This system doesn’t use metal or ceramic at all. Invisalign uses removable, clear plastic trays to gradually move your teeth into their desired positions. Keep in mind, though, this option may not be for you if your orthodontic issues are more complex. Dr. Roy can help you decide if this treatment will be beneficial.
One of the most common questions regarding teen orthodontics is: “How long will I need to wear braces?” After all, you want to know how long you will have to wait for your gorgeous new smile. The truth is, it depends. There are several factors that go into a treatment plan, and every patient is different. Typically, the more complex your case is, the longer treatment will take. Average treatment time takes about 18 to 24 months. However, you may finish sooner – or need longer – depending on your specific situation. The good news is, we will be able to give you a timeline estimate at your initial visit.
The Importance of Oral Hygiene
Brushing and flossing is always important, but it’s even more crucial when you’re wearing braces. Food, debris, and plaque can accumulate around the bands and brackets. If these irritants are not removed on a regular basis, you will be more prone to cavities and gingivitis.
To maintain healthy teeth and gums while undergoing treatment, brush at least two times a day, and floss at least once a day. Flossing can be challenging when you have braces. You will need to use floss threaders or inter proximal brushes to clean hard-to-reach areas. Our team can help you develop an oral hygiene regimen that will work for you.