For Teens

Orthodontics For Teens

Okay, so your smile needs a little help. Now what?

Whether your teeth are simply spaced a bit too far apart or you have malocclusion (bad bite), you have arrived at the point that you need braces to help your smile be everything it needs to be. The good news is that there are a variety of treatment options we offer here at our office, guaranteeing that we can find one that will fix your problem

and fit your lifestyle. In fact, many of our options are invisible or barely noticeable, meaning you won’t need to flash a mouth full of metal for your license or yearbook photo.

What are some of these aesthetic options?

Here at Elite Orthodontics, we use three different systems that offer you invisible to near invisible treatment:


How soon can I have my braces taken off?

Treatment time is a very individual matter, depending on multiple factors. The three main factors are as follows:

  • Early Treatment— Problems that are caught early on are generally going to be easier to fix as early detection allows for early treatment, before the issue becomes severe.
  • What is Being Corrected— Different problems require different treatments. Typically, treatment will last somewhere around two years with visits every month to every two months.
  • How your Body Responds— Different patients will react to their treatment in different ways. What would take a year for one person may take another two. There is no way for us to predict exactly how your anatomy will respond to treatment
  • YOU!—We will only see you once a month to every two months, which means that majority of your treatment’s success is on you. The care you give to your appliance and how well you follow the regimen prescribed to you will greatly affect the final result.

I am always hearing about the foods I cannot eat while wearing braces. What are some of the foods I CAN eat?

There are plenty of foods you can eat while wearing braces, so do not despair! You will want to avoid foods that are chewy (bagels, jerky, gummy candy), crunchy (popcorn, chips), sticky (most candies), and hard (nuts, crispy fruits and veggies eaten whole). That sounds like a lot of things, but there are many foods that do not fall within these parameters.

  • Dairy Products—You can eat soft cheeses, yogurt, eggs, and milk based drinks.
  • Breads—Not all breads are problematic. Soft tortillas, waffles, and muffins are excellent options. Most sandwich breads work well, too.
  • Grains—A big bowl of pasta or well-cooked rice is perfectly fine for dinner.
  • Meats and Poultry—Any meat which is thoroughly cooked and tender is just fine while wearing braces. Meats cooked in a slow-cooker tend to become fork-tender and flake apart easily, making them great options.
  • Seafood—Most seafood is naturally tender and flakes apart.
  • Vegetables—So long as your veggies are cooked thoroughly, they should be just fine for you.
  • Fruits—Soft fruits are good for you. Crunchier fruits, such as apples, can be eaten so long as you cut them into bite sized pieces first.
    Sweets and Treats—As long as your brush and floss well after eating them, ice cream, milkshakes, and cakes should be fine.

How do I know if I need braces?

Without seeing an orthodontist, you cannot know if you require braces or not. Some signs that could indicate a problemare listed below. If you have any of these signs, an orthodontic exam should be scheduled.

  • Early or late loss of teeth
  • Struggling to chew or bite down
  • Breathing through the mouth instead of the nose
  • Extended thumb or finger sucking
  • Teeth that are crowded or in the wrong place
  • Jaws that feel like they shift out of place, make noise when moved, or are not in the proper alignment
  • Difficulty forming correct sounds when speaking
  • Teeth which bite the cheeks or the roof of the mouth
  • “Buck” teeth
  • Facial imbalance

The following warning signs usually indicate that you or your child should have an orthodontic exam:

  • Early or late loss of teeth
  • Difficulty in chewing or biting
  • Mouth breathing
  • Finger sucking or other oral habits
  • Crowding, misplaced, or blocked-out teeth
  • Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude or retrude
  • Speech difficulty
  • Biting the cheek or into the roof of the mouth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don`t meet at all
  • Facial imbalance

Problems to watch for in Children and Teens

Teen currently undergoing treatment