For Teens

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 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:

  • YOU! — Your willingness to use and take care of the appliances 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!
  • Early treatment — Early treatment allows Dr. Van Westen to monitor the growth of the jaw and recommend 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. Mild (easy) vs severe (difficult) cases, dental (teeth) vs skeletal (jaw) problems will take different times.

Braces Your Way!

Van Westen Orthodontics offers a variety of braces, types, and styles to choose from such as:

  • Ceramic braces
  • Traditional metal braces
  • Clear Aligners

Orthodontic braces are a big part of life for many people your age.

Today's braces make it easy to look good and feel good!

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