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Teens

Just for You

Traditional Braces and Invisalign® for Teens

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Everybody deserves a beautiful smile ... including you!

Traditional Braces

Worried about getting braces?

Don't worry, you're not alone.

How To Deal With Embarassment

Try to keep your mindset away from the negatives, and focus on all the positives of your braces:

  1. You're taking care of your teeth, your health, and that's a pretty awesome choice to make!
  2. Make a fashion statement with your colors. Ask Dr. D about colored elastics.
  3. Think about how fabulous your new smile is going to feel.
  4. Most kids get some kind of orthodontics at some point, so remember you're not alone either.
Girl with braces

How To Deal With Discomfort

For some people, braces are a breeze. Others can experience times of discomfort (especially at the beginning) and even some pain. Tips to reduce pain:

girl holding popsicle

  1. Ask your orthodontist about pain medicine such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), or a salt water rinse.
  2. If a bracket is irritating your lip, put dental wax between your lip and bracket for a while until it feels better.
  3. Some kids say that eating cold foods (ice cream, anyone?) can have a cooling effect that helps reduce some of the pain.

Types of Braces

Metal/Traditional Braces

These are a common type that most of us think of when we hear the word "braces." These have little metal brackets that attach to the teeth, and you can choose clear or colored bands. You can change colors at your appointments if you want, you’re not stuck with just one.

H4 Self-ligating Bracket

Ceramic Braces

These work in much the same way as metal braces, but they have tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend in with the teeth. They’re less noticeable than the metal but require even more diligence to keep clean to avoid stains.

3M Unitek Ceramic Braces

Invisalign

Invisalign consists of a series of removable plastic aligners that you replace every two weeks. In some ways they are easier than braces because you can take them out, but you also have to be very careful not to lose them. While it’s easier to clean your teeth with Invisalign, it’s just as important to brush and floss after every meal. Learn More

Invisalign Aligner

Which type is right for you?

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Check out this time lapse video of one girl's experience with braces.

Parents' Corner

When your teen needs braces, the first thing most parents do is seek out information - the different types of braces, costs, orthodontists, procedures, etc. - in order to make the best decision for your child.

We encourage you to invite your teen to join in your search for answers. Explore options together, weigh pros and cons, and talk about how each of you feels.. Including your teen from the very beginning can set the stage for a more cooperative and open experience.

Father and Daughter

How to Help Your Teen with Braces

  1. MAKE JOINT DECISIONS
  2. Involve your teen in decisions from the very beginning (as much as possible). Let him or her know that you are listening and value their input.

  3. EDUCATION IS KEY
  4. Talk to your orthodontist, as well as other parents and teens who have been through similar treatment already to find out what your teen might be able to expect each step of the way.

  5. COMMUNICATION IS ALSO KEY
  6. Let your teen know you’re interested in what he or she is going through. Ask questions, share what you’ve learned from your own experience (if you’ve had braces before), as well as what you learned from the rest of your research.

  7. MAKE A PACT
  8. Sometimes it is helpful to have a verbal (or even written) agreement from the get-go that you will be guiding your teen as he/she gets used to the new routine. Following all the doctor’s instructions is vital, and non-compliance can prolong the treatment. So when you ask if they’ve flossed after a snack or if you remind them to avoid popcorn when they go to the movie, you are not nagging, and it’s not a power struggle. You are on the same team with the same goal: getting your teen through the process as quickly and comfortably as possible. Of course we, as parents, know this to be true for all the guidance we give our children. But your teenager might appreciate a “formal” arrangement so they don’t get (as) annoyed when you tell them to brush their teeth.

  9. BE PATIENT AND SUPPORTIVE
  10. It is difficult for even the most mature kid to get into the new habits that braces require. Remember how hard it is to change your own behaviors – even if for the better - and it’s at least that difficult for a teenager. Remind your teen that you understand and care about what they’re going through, and empathize with their challenges. It can be helpful to keep off-limit foods out of temptation’s way. Best of all, ask your teen what you can do to help.

Are you interested in braces or Invisalign for yourself? Many adults are enjoying the opportunity to straighten their teeth these days, and we welcome you to come in for your own evaluation.