So, You Need Braces?

Don’t worry! Braces aren’t nearly as bad 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.

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:

  • Early treatment — Early treatment allows us 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 a patient 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 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!

Doctor with Patient

Braces Your Way

Our practice offers a few different options to choose from when it comes to your braces. The main options we offer include:

  • Traditional metal braces
  • Ceramic braces
  • Gold braces

Braces are a big part of life for many people your age. In fact, it is estimated that over 80% of all teenagers will get braces or Invisalign at some point during their high school years to address orthodontic issues. While braces may have had a bad reputation in the past, today’s braces make it easy to look good and feel good, even during treatment!

Treatment time typically takes between one and two years, however, the exact treatment time depends on the issues needing correction. Our team will review this with you in more detail at your initial consultation along with things like what foods to avoid and how to best care for your teeth during treatment.