Braces for Teens
Types of Braces
Teens can choose from several types of braces, including traditional metal braces, ceramic (tooth-colored) braces, lingual (behind-the-teeth) braces and Invisalign Teen (clear aligners made just for teen patients). Dr. Feldman can help you choose the right option for your situation and needs.
Sports With Braces
Teens who play sports may need to protect their mouth with a custom mouthguard, especially during contact sports. Wearing a mouthguard is good practice even for patients who don’t have braces, as it can protect your teeth and your whole mouth while playing sports.
Time Spent in Office
Most teenagers wear braces for 12 to 24 months, but it does vary by situation. You can generally expect to have check-ups every four to eight weeks while wearing braces, but these visits are very quick and easy. During these visits, Dr. Feldman can make quick adjustments if needed and can monitor your progress.
Flossing and Cleaning Your Braces
You’ll need to brush your teeth after each meal, taking care to get all food particles out of the brackets and wires. You might want to have a travel toothbrush and toothpaste with you while at school or away from home for this purpose. Dr. Feldman may also recommend a special type of flosser that makes it easier to floss around wires.
What Not to Eat With Braces
Avoid anything super hard, crunchy, chewy or sticky. These types of foods can pull brackets or wires loose. You can often still eat the things you love, but you might have to make some modifications to the way you eat them.
Cost of Braces
The Feldman Orthodontics team understands that money matters, so we will try to help you find an option that’s right for your family’s budget. The exact cost of braces varies according to type, how long you need to wear them, and other factors specific to you. We also offer finance plans to help your family afford braces.