Braces, retainers, and everything else you want to know about orthodontics!
“I have to get braces!”
Don’t worry! Braces aren’t nearly as scary as one may think. In fact, orthodontics for teens 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 three key factors:
- Early or delayed treatment — Early treatment allows Dr. Roeder and his team to monitor the growth of the jaw and make further recommendations. However, it may be recommended that a patient wait until he or she is older to receive treatment.
- What needs correction — The amount of treatment needed varies on your unique circumstances and goals. Different patients react to treatments differently, so while it may take one patient only 12 months to complete treatment, it may take another patient 24 months. We will communicate with you each step of the way on how your progress is coming along.
- YOU! — Your willingness to use the appliances Dr. Roeder gives you plays a major role in the length of time it takes to complete your treatment. Also, by following the recommendations for cleaning and eating, you’ll avoid broken brackets, pokey wires, and delayed treatment.
Orthodontics for Teens Means Braces Your Way!
Dr. Roeder and his team offer a variety of braces to choose from:
What can I eat while wearing braces?
You may have heard their are foods and drinks to avoid while wearing braces. While it is true there are some limitations, there are also many options and alternatives. We want you to enjoy your braces experience, and ensure your treatment duration is as short as possible.
Foods you CAN eat while wearing braces:
- Dairy – soft cheese, pudding, milk based drinks
- Breads – soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins w/o nuts
- Grains – pasta, soft cooked rice
- Meats/poultry – soft cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
- Seafood – tuna, salmon, crab cakes
- Vegetables – mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans
- Fruits – applesauce, bananas, fruit juice
- Treats – ice cream w/o nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, soft cake
Foods to avoid:
- Chewy foods – bagels, licorice
- Crunchy foods – popcorn, chips, ice
- Sticky foods – caramel candies, chewing gum
- Hard foods – nuts, hard candies
- Foods that require biting into – uncut corn on the cob, apples, carrots
Orthodontics for teens is a big part of life for many people your age. While braces may have had a bad reputation in the past, today’s braces make it easy to look good and feel good! Contact Roeder Orthodontics to schedule your next orthodontic checkup. Our office is located in in Asheville, NC.