ORTHODONTICS 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. And, we promise to make it FUN!
Dr. Christopher remembers what it was like to be a teenager, which is why he strives to make treatment effective and efficient. We want you to enjoy those high school years with a perfect smile.
The Time is Right
There’s a reason why so many of your classmates are in braces. It’s because the teenage years are a really great time to start orthodontic treatment, with most of your permanent teeth coming in around age 12. The amount of time it takes to treat your smile with braces depends on three key factors:
• Early treatment — Early treatment allows Dr. Christopher to monitor the growth of the jaw and recommend further orthodontic treatment if it becomes necessary. Not everybody receives early orthodontic treatment; in some cases it may be recommended that a patient wait to receive treatment.
• What needs correction — The amount of treatment needed to correct a problem will determine how long the process takes. Different patients react to treatments differently. While it may take one patient only 12 months to complete treatment, it may take another patient 24 months. Treatment times can vary depending on how quickly your body responds and how much work is needed to give you the show-stopping smile you expect.
• YOU! — Your willingness to use the appliances Dr. Christopher gives you 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!
BRACES YOUR WAY
Walla Walla Orthodontics offers a variety of braces, types and styles, to choose from. From clear braces to traditional metal braces to Invisalign for Teens, our options make it easy to look and feel good!