How long are braces worn for?
The amount of time it takes to treat teens with braces depends on two key factors:
- What needs correction — The level of treatment required to correct a problem will determine how long the process takes. Different patients react to treatments differently. While it may take one patient only 12 months to complete treatment, it may take another 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.
- Proper care — The patient’s willingness to correctly use the appliances provided by an orthodontist plays a vital role in the time it takes to complete treatment. Always remember to take proper care of braces and appliances!
Once your teen’s braces or Invisalign treatment is completed, a retainer will need to be worn to ensure your teen’s new smile stays in its correct place. Retainers can be fixed (permanent) or removable and clear, much like Invisalign clear aligners. Our friendly staff will be happy to discuss our retainer options with you and your teen.
Ceramic clear braces
Clear braces for teens are a great choice as they blend in with the teeth. These ceramic braces can discreetly fix many of the same issues as metal braces.
Traditional metal braces
Metal braces are what most people picture when they think of orthodontic treatment. Teens can make braces more fun with colorful rubber bands that show off their style.
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Orthodontic braces are a big part of life for many people in their teens. While braces may have had a bad reputation before, today’s braces make it easy to look and feel good! With options from Invisalign, metal braces, and invisible braces for teens, our expert, affordable orthodontists near you in Arlington and Herndon, Virginia, are ready to help your teen get the smile of their dreams. Schedule a free orthodontic consultation with us online today!