Eric D. Hannapel DDS MS PC

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For Teens

Orthodontics for Teens

Braces, retainers, and everything else that you want to know about orthodontics!

You've just heard the three words that every teen dreads: “YOU NEED BRACES!”

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, materials, and colors, making life with braces much easier, more comfortable, and even more stylish than ever.

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!

Braces Your Way!

Our practice offers a variety of braces, types and styles, to choose from. Some common options include:

  • Radiance clear braces
  • Invisalign braces
  • Traditional metal braces with colored ties

What can I eat while wearing braces?

You've probably heard from your parents, friends, and even your orthodontist, the long list of foods and beverages that you should avoid while wearing braces. While it may seem like you're giving up a lot, it is important to avoid eating certain foods that can loosen your braces and make your treatment take longer.  We want you to enjoy your braces and help you to finish as quickly as possible; so here's a quick list of the foods you will want to avoid.

Foods to avoid while wearing braces:

  • Chewy foods — bagels, licorice, jerkey
  • Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice
  • Sticky foods — caramel, chewing gum, and other chewy candy such as taffy, Skittles, Tootsie Rolls and such
  • Hard foods — nuts, hard candies
  • Foods that require biting into — corn on the cob, apples, carrots (you will want to cut these into pieces for eating)

Orthodontic braces are a big part of life for many people your age.  Today's braces make it easy to look good and feel great about your smile!  Please contact our practice to schedule your next orthodontic checkup.

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