Krowicki Orthodontics

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For Teens

for teens

Braces, what now?

Don't worry! Braces aren't nearly as scary as you may think. In fact, braces today come in a variety of styles and materials, making life with braces much easier, more comfortable, and even more stylish than in the past.

How long will I have to wear braces?

The amount of time it takes to treat your smile with braces depends on three key factors:

  • Early treatment — Early treatment allows orthodontists to monitor the growth of the jaw and recommend further orthodontic treatment if it becomes necessary. Not everybody receives early orthodontic treatment, and in some cases it may be recommended that a patient wait until they are older to receive treatment.
  • What needs correction — The amount of treatment needed to correct a problem will determine how long the process takes. Different patients react to treatments differently, so while it may take one patient only 12 months to complete their treatment, it may take another patient 24 months. 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 your orthodontist gives you 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!

What can I eat while wearing braces?

A careful orthodontic patient can probably eat almost any food and do no damage to his or her appliance. However, the following three types of food may cause trouble, as may other foods. Use common sense or, if you are in doubt, ask us about some foods you enjoy eating.

Foods to avoid while wearing braces:

  • Sticky foods — damage appliances by bending wires and pulling cement loose.
  • Hard foods — may do damage by bending wires, loosening cement under the bands or breaking the brackets and tubes which are attached.
  • Foods high in sugar content — should be avoided whenever possible. If you do eat any of them, brush your teeth immediately. If not convenient to brush, then always rinse your mouth with water after eating very sweet foods.

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 our practice to schedule your next orthodontic checkup.

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