Orthodontics for Teens


As a teen, building the foundation for a healthy future is one of the most important responsibilities that you and your family will face – especially when it comes to your teeth. Establishing good dental health now will position you for a healthy and confident smile throughout the rest of your life. To do this, we sometimes need to use orthodontic appliances like braces and retainers.

Fortunately, orthodontic techniques and appliances have improved a lot over the last 20 years! Today’s braces are available in a variety of styles, colors, and materials to make your experience more successful, efficient, comfortable, and even stylish.

You’ve Got Options!

There are a variety of options when it comes to braces, in terms of types and styles. Many of our teen patients can choose from the following:

  • Ceramic braces
  • Invisible or clear braces
  • Traditional metal braces

Some of these options can be customized in your favorite colors or even your school colors. Some are removable and some can barely be seen when you smile or speak. Our team understands that teens want smiles that are healthy and great-looking, even while they’re wearing braces. We can handle that! Contact our office today for more information.

Length of Treatment

Your cousin wore braces throughout 4 years of high school, and your best friend only wore them in 8th grade. You’re probably wondering what’s in store for you. Dr. Fleming will consider three key factors to determine the length of your treatment:

  • Has early treatment been completed?

    If you have already received early orthodontic treatment, then your treatment as a teenager may be significantly shortened. In some cases, it is best that a patient wait until they are older to begin treatment.

  • What issues need to be corrected?

    Certain dental conditions can be corrected faster than others, and everyone responds to orthodontic treatments differently. That’s why some people wear braces for 12 months and others for a few years.

  • Are you interested in winning?

    When you are willing to follow Dr. Fleming’s advice and instructions between visits, your treatment will be smoother, faster, and more successful. If you want to win in the game of orthodontics, you’ve got to play by the rules!

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