Braces and Teens – Part 1

You’ve probably seen many of your peers who also wear braces. The truth is—it actually not a bad thing; especially when you think of what it will do for your smile in the future. Additionally, modern orthodontics has seen advances in braces so that they are much more comfortable and have less maintenance. Yuba City Orthodontics offers braces in a variety of styles and types that can match your personality. And most braces do not have to be worn as long as they did in the previous generations.

How long do I have to wear braces?

Just as your personality differs so does your oral health. Hence, there is no real way to compare how long you may have to wear braces with someone else. Many variables can add to or decrease the length of time your braces treatment will take. Some of the most common factors include:

  • Patients that have received orthodontic treatments before their teenage years may have dental procedures that have prepared them for future orthodontics. These treatments are not necessary for every patient and are only recommended when certain circumstances exist.
  • The specific dental correction that is required has a significant impact on the time frame of braces. Furthermore, patients’ teeth react to braces at different speeds. Just because you have friends that may have had long orthodontic treatments does not mean that you will too. We’ve found that our patients average about 10 to 14 months of treatment.
  • How you care for your braces has a great impact on how long your treatment lasts. Patients that strictly follow the direction provided by their dentist and hygienist often have the best and fastest orthodontic treatments. So, if you want the shortest treatment possible, please follow the instructions and care for your braces regularly.

Types of Braces Options

Yuba City Orthodontics has plenty of braces options available for your treatment. After your oral exam, we will present you with various kinds of braces along with our recommendation based on your lifestyle. Typically, most teenagers can choose from the following:

  • 3M Unitek metal braces
  • Clarity clear braces
  • Damon self-ligating braces
  • Incognito lingual braces
  • Invisalign Teen

We will help you to understand the advantages and disadvantages of each style of braces recommended.

Do you have questions or want to learn more about what to expect during your orthodontic procedure?  Feel free to call, email or visit our office. Yuba City Orthodontics is here to help.  In our next blog, we’ll cover Invisalign treatments for teens.

1215 Plumas Street, Suite 500
Yuba City, CA 95991

(530) 674-5047



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