For Teens

Orthodontics for Teens

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

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

How long will I have to wear braces?

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

  • Treatment timing — Early treatment allows orthodontists to monitor the growth of the jaw and recommend further 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 begin 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, it may take another patient 24 months to complete their treatment.  It will all depend 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 Dr. Hershey 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:

  • Ceramic braces
  • Invisible braces - Check out this page for details on Invisalign for Teens!
  • Lingual braces
  • Traditional metal braces

Braces are a big part of life for many teens, and the options Dr. Hershey offers make it easy to look good and feel good!  Please contact us to schedule a visit!

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