Metal braces are not just for children. Teens enjoy straighter smiles and more confidence after braces treatment. The residents of Atlanta, GA, and the surrounding communities can now come to Smile Envy Dental Group for braces and other dental needs.
Are Braces for Teens?
Dr. Lofters believes that patients of all ages can benefit from a great smile. In the teenage years, the teeth have finished growing. This is an optimal time to correct issues that have developed, such as protruding teeth, gaps in the teeth, crooked tooth alignment or a problematic bite. Braces are a comfortable and healthy option available for your teenager.
What Braces Options Do Teens have?
Teens have several popular choices for braces. Traditional metal braces are slightly lower cost and can adjust the teeth at a faster pace. Ceramic or clear braces are subtle, blending in with your teeth and making it less noticeable that you are receiving braces treatment. Both braces types use rubber bands that come in a variety of colors, so your teen can choose the color at each adjustment.
Benefits of Teen Braces
Teens benefit from adjustments to their teeth alignment, both for a more confident smile and less discomfort while eating and speaking. After braces, teens experience better oral health care over the course of their adult lives.
Recovery from Braces for Teens
While getting braces will not hurt, teens should expect soreness in the mouth and teeth for about a week. Your teen will quickly adapt to the feeling of having braces. If your teen experience areas of repeated discomfort in the mouth, notify Dr. Lofters at the next appointment so he can adjust your teen’s braces accordingly.
Most patients have braces for 12 to 44 months. Afterwards patients wear a retainer to maintain their new smile. Teens who get braces will also have to adjust their eating habits. While your teen has braces, she should not eat hard candies, chew gum or other sticky foods, and should stay away from very hard foods such as popcorn. Apples should be cut into smaller pieces instead of trying to bite into the entire apple, as this can dislodge brackets from the teeth.
How Much Do Teen Braces Cost?
The cost of braces will vary based on your needs. Braces may be covered by your dental insurance. We will work with you to determine your benefits coverage and what you may owe for your treatment. Smile Envy Dental Group offers financing through CareCredit® as well as other payment options.
Are Braces Right for My Teen?
If your teen is having difficulty eating or has gaps in the teeth, protruding teeth or other oral issues, braces may be a good option. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Lofters to discuss the best option for your teen.
Why Choose Smile Envy Dental Group?
Dr. David Lofters has been helping patients smile bigger and brighter for over a decade. He has a doctorate in Dental Surgery and is certified in orthodontics. With a focus on education, our team diligently makes sure that all of your questions are answered. We stay up-to-date on the latest techniques and tools available to give our patients the best care available. Our team can handle all of your dental needs and coordinate effective, timely care. You will feel right at home in our professional, modern office.
What to Expect During Your Teen’s Braces Consultation
During your consultation, Dr. Lofters will discuss your goals and needs. He will answer any questions you have about braces and choose the best treatment plan for your teen. He may take impressions or X-rays if needed. If you have X-rays that are less than six months old from another dentist, you can bring those with you.
Whether you are correcting problematic teeth or adjusting your smile for a more confident appearance, braces can be a great choice for teens in Atlanta and the surrounding areas of Georgia. We encourage you to contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. David Lofters at Smile Envy Dental Group to discuss your options.