Teens and braces. For many, the two seem to go together naturally.
It’s true, adolescence is the optimal time for orthodontic treatment. Orthodontics is defined as the treatment of irregularities in the teeth and jaw, including the use of special appliances such as braces.
But why should you consider getting braces in your teen years? There are a number of reasons, including the following:
At the Yuba City Dentistry Group, we’ve been helping teens improve their teeth through orthodontic treatment for years. Let’s explain a little about how it works.
Orthodontic treatment varies much depending on the individual circumstances of the patient.
First, we’ll meet with you and your parents to discuss available options. Typically, we will take X-ray images of your mouth along with impressions of your teeth. We use this information to make a model of your mouth and develop a treatment plan.
We will then recommend use of a specific appliance, including one of the following:
Other devices may be recommended when major teeth or jaw movement is required. But these appliances or typically only worn temporarily before moving on to the next stage of treatment.
That answer will be different for you than for the next person, all due to your individual circumstances. Typically, an orthodontic appliance like braces is worn from anywhere between 6 and 30 months, followed by use of a retainer.
But once finished, you’ll enjoy the benefits of your new smile for the rest of your life.