You’ve just heard the three words that every teen dreads: “YOU NEED BRACES!”
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.
Parents sometimes forget how many challenges teenagers face on a daily basis. We can’t guarantee an A on a math test or a touchdown on Friday night, but we can make life a little easier by helping your teen have a winning smile. Although teens love to post selfies, many are insecure about their appearance. Being able to embrace their inner and outer beauty is an important part of growing up. If there are options available that can improve your oral health while also improving your general appearance, why not take advantage of them? Today’s braces and other orthodontic appliances can straighten teeth faster than ever. We’ll meet with you and your teen to discuss the options to make sure you have all the information to keep the process short and sweet. Adolescence is a great time to correct a smile. We are used to working with teens, involving them in the process, and encouraging them to ensure optimal results.
Varghese Orthodontics offers:
- Clear braces
- Invisible braces (Invisalign® Teen)
- Damon braces
- Traditional braces
Braces Your Way
Orthodontic braces are a big part of life for many people your age. While braces may have had a bad reputation in the past, today’s braces make it easy to look good and feel good! Please contact Varghese Orthodontics to schedule your next orthodontic checkup.
The teen years between the ages of 12 and 16 years are a common time for orthodontic treatment. At your complimentary exam, Dr. Varghese can detect issues with spacing, crowding, bite, and alignment. Some teens may have even started Phase I treatment at an earlier age, and are now following it up with full braces or other orthodontic treatment.
We recommend a complimentary consultation with Dr. Varghese, if you notice any of these signs.
- Early, late, or irregular loss of their baby teeth
- Difficulty with chewing or biting
- Crowding or extra spacing between teeth
- Jaws that hurt to shift or make sounds
- Frequent biting of the cheek or the inside of the mouth
- Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all
- Jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face
- Protrusion of teeth
The early diagnosis and successful treatment of certain bite problems can have both short-term and long-term benefits. Problems classified as a “bad bites” can often be minimized with the proper orthodontic treatment, including:
- Crooked or crowded teeth
- Missing or extra teeth
- An overbite or underbite
- Incorrect jaw position
- A disorder of the jaw joint
Teeth that have responded well to orthodontic treatment, and are straight and well-aligned carry with them a number of benefits, including:
- Being less prone to wear and tear, chipping, and tooth trauma
- Being easier to keep clean, helping to prevent tooth decay and cavities
- Reducing the chances of developing gum disease, which can result in bone loss, decay, and tooth loss
- Improving proper chewing for the digestion of food
Is truly an investment in your child’s future. By scheduling a free consultation, Dr. Varghese will be happy to discuss the benefits of treatment with both of you, as well as any of the potential risks associated without proceeding with treatment. Although adults can, and do, successfully complete orthodontic treatment, the jaws and teeth of teenagers often respond more quickly to orthodontic treatment, shortening their total treatment time.
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How long will I have to wear braces?
The amount of time it takes to treat your smile with braces depends on two key factors:
What needs correction — The amount of treatment needed to correct a problem will determine how long the process takes. 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 and follow Dr. Varghese’s instructions 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!