Everything You Need to Know About Braces as a Teen
Kenilworth, IL – If you are a teen who needs braces, you probably have some questions. How will wearing braces impact your life? Dr. Michael Stosich, a Chicago-area orthodontist, treats patients of all ages and answers some of the most commonly asked questions by teens.
- How long will I have to wear braces? This is probably the most common question teens ask when they are told they need braces. And they rarely like the answer because there is no exact length of time that can be given. The amount of time you’ll be in braces depends on several factors:
- The first is what kind of malocclusion needs to be corrected, and how severe it is. Some issues are a bit more involved to correct, and therefore will take a bit longer.
- If you had treatment at a younger age, called early interceptive treatment, it may make your treatment now more efficient. The first phase of treatment should have helped to guide the growth of the jaw to make the best environment to then straighten the smile and fine-tune the bite.
- How your body responds to treatment is also a factor. Some people have mouths that respond quickly to the movement, while others take a bit more time. This is not something that can be predicted ahead of time.
- One of the most important factors in how long treatment will take is you. You play an important role in your treatment, and how well you care for your teeth and follow the directions of your orthodontist will play a big role in whether your treatment stays on track or not. If you have been prescribed elastics or headgear, it is important to wear them exactly as your orthodontist recommended. Likewise, if you chose clear aligners or Invisalign, it is important to comply with the recommended length of wear.
Luckily for patients who choose Dr. Stosich and iDentity Orthodontics, they can receive the most effective and efficient treatment found anywhere. Thanks to his precise planning and scientifically backed treatment methods, Dr. Stosioch’s patients breeze through treatment.
But, Dr. Stosich knows that the teen years can be hard enough as it is, so he offers other more discrete orthodontic treatment options. Clear ceramic braces offer the efficiency of metal braces, but with more subtle materials to blend in better. Lingual braces are metal brackets and wires that are fitted along the tongue side of the teeth. They are one of the most advanced options Dr. Stosich offers, and are ideal for patients who desire the most discrete of treatment options. Dr. Stosich’s iDentity Clear Aligners offer an efficient and precise way to straighten the teeth. His custom aligners require fewer aligners than Invisalign treatment, and are more precise and efficient. Dr. Stosich was specially trained in Invisalign during his residency and is a highly experienced Invisalign provider.
If you opted for Invisalign or iD Clear Aligners, there are some things you need to remember. First, always remove the aligners when eating. Chewing with the aligner in can damage the plastic of the aligner, which could negatively affect the fit. It is also important to keep the aligners away from heat, as too much heat can warp the plastic and alter how the aligner fits over the teeth.
You will wear each set of aligners for approximately two weeks before switching to the next set, so it is important to take care of the aligners. Brush or soak them to remove food build-up and to keep them fresh and clean.
For patients who opt for Invisalign, they may feel a bit of discomfort every time a new aligner set is used. This should only last for the first day or two. The aligners are meant to feel tight as they guide your teeth to their new locations. While your aligners are made of smooth plastic, there may occasionally be an aligner that has an area that feels rough in the mouth. Let your orthodontist know so he or she can correct this for you.
Dr. Stosich warns patients to be wary of claims of technologies that can make treatment more comfortable and efficient. These vibrating tools often come with grand claims, but without the scientific evidence to back them up. Unfortunately, because of the nature of what orthodontic treatment is accomplishing, there will be some discomfort along the way.
Orthodontic treatment can provide tremendous benefits for patients. A straighter smile and properly functioning bite can lead to better oral health and improved self-esteem. But, braces are a commitment and require dedication and work not just on the part of the orthodontist, but on the patient as well.
Dr. Stosich is committed to providing the most personalized, highly skilled treatment found, and he and his staff work hard to make the journey enjoyable along the way. The team will offer open communication throughout your orthodontic journey, and will work hard to be the best teammates possible.
If you are interested in learning more about the difference a smile can make on your life, call Dr. Stosich today at 847-548-4200.