All teenagers dread the day that the dentist tells them they might need braces (or, at the very least, a retainer).

Here is some information for you to learn all about orthodontics:

Braces are not as scary as most people think. They have advanced a lot in recent years. Now they come in different colors, styles, and even materials so that all teenagers can get the smiles they deserve without worrying about what others will think.

The newer styles of braces are more comfortable and stylish so that all teenagers can have smiles they are proud to show off.

The first thing most people wonder when they have to get braces is how long will they have to wear them. There is no easy answer to this question because it depends on several factors. It depends on how early we catch the problem, what needs to be fixed, and how willing you are to follow directions. It also depends on how your teeth respond to treatment.

It is recommended that orthodontists monitor patients starting when they are seven so that problems can be caught and treated as soon as possible. The earlier you catch a problem, the easier the problem can be to treat. There are also times when we find a problem but may have put off treatment until you are older.

You are a key factor in how well your braces work. You need to take care of your braces and other appliances. You also need to wear them as prescribed so that your treatment works as it should.

How long you need to wear braces depends on what needs to be fixed. Some problems are minor and need just small adjustments while other malocclusions are more complicated and take longer to fix. Every patient responds to treatment differently. Some teeth move quicker than others, so what treatment may take one person only a few months, may take another person double that.

There are also several types of braces including traditional metal ones, ceramic ones, and invisible ones. Depending on your needs, lingual braces may be another option.

The most common question that is asked is about eating. You know that you probably have a long list of foods and drinks that you should avoid while wearing braces. You may worry about how much you have to give up, but instead you should try to think about the end results.

You need to avoid chewy and crunchy foods. Sticky foods can really damage braces so it is important to avoid them along with hard food. Corn on the cob, apples, carrots, and other hard foods that you need to bite into should be avoided.

There are plenty of things that you can eat, including dairy, breads, and grains. You will still be able to eat meat and seafood. Most fruits and vegetables can still be eaten while you are wearing braces. Many worry about missing desert when they are wearing braces, but you can still eat soft ice cream, cakes, and other sweet treats.

Orthodontic braces are quite common in teenagers. Though in the past many hated having to wear them, we try to offer you different styles and choices so that you can find braces to fit your lifestyle and give you the smile you deserve.

If you have any questions about braces for teenagers, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (304) 562-1000 (Hurricane) or (304) 736-4440 (Barboursville).