Boost Your Confidence With Braces For Teens

Teenagers are in a unique position — they’re on the cusp of adulthood and still growing up. That’s why it’s so important for teens to have confidence in themselves and their appearance. Braces can help give teens that extra boost of self-confidence they need. Kimball Orthodontics offers braces in Laguna Niguel & Laguna Beach, CA, to help teens achieve the perfect smile!

Not only do braces address any dental problems such as misalignment or overcrowding, but they also give teens a great-looking smile that will last them a lifetime. Teens who feel confident about their appearance will be more likely to engage positively with others, which is an essential part of the teenage experience.

Wearing braces has obvious cosmetic benefits but also significant long-term benefits. Straight teeth make it easier to maintain good oral hygiene, lowering the chances of dental problems such as cavities and gum disease. Another advantage of straightening teeth is that patients can speak clearly without lisping or other speech problems caused by crooked teeth or a misaligned bite.

Types Of Braces

At Kimball Orthodontics, we are proud to offer advanced options for braces in Laguna Niguel & Laguna Beach, CA, which are the perfect solution to help your teen regain confidence.

What Are Self-Ligating Braces?

Self-ligating braces from the Pitts21 bracket system are designed to move teeth faster and more comfortably than traditional metal braces, without the use of elastic ties. Instead, they use sliding door technology that adjusts as your teeth gradually move into place. With these brackets, adjustment appointments tend to be shorter and less frequent. To best suit the needs and smile goals of our patients, we offer both traditional metal and clear ceramic brackets.

The Benefits Of Self-Ligating Brackets

One of the biggest benefits of Pitts21 self-ligating brackets in Laguna Niguel & Laguna Beach, CA, is that they can help speed up your teen’s treatment time significantly when compared to traditional bracket technology. Since some teens are already apprehensive about braces, shortening treatment time might make them feel more confident and excited about their treatment. With self-ligating braces, treatment can be as little as six months!

Also, since no elastic ties are used with this system, it makes brushing and flossing easier while reducing irritation on your teen’s gums and cheeks caused by traditional metal brackets. And with less frequent trips to see Dr. Kimball and Dr. Kinser for adjustments and maintenance visits, you will save both time and money in the long run. If you’re interested in finding out if braces are right for your teen, call to schedule your free consultation today!

What To Expect With Braces

Life With Braces

Your teen might expect some discomfort when they first get their braces and after periodic adjustment appointments. After an orthodontic appointment, taking pain medication and sticking to soft foods for a couple of days might help ease any discomfort you may be experiencing. Another plus of self-ligating braces is the lack of friction due to the advancements in bracket shape; therefore, any discomfort shouldn’t last more than a couple of days.

Your teen may need to make some adjustments to their diet and routine because of their braces, including avoiding foods that are hard, sticky, or difficult to bite into. After their initial consultation for braces in Laguna Niguel & Laguna Beach, CA, we’ll be happy to provide your teen with a list of what to eat and avoid.

Further, having braces increases the importance of practicing good oral hygiene. Teens should brush their teeth at least twice daily and use floss to clean between their teeth and the spaces around the brackets and wires. Maintaining good dental hygiene throughout orthodontic treatment is especially important since plaque and tartar like to collect in the tiny crevices surrounding your braces. If you follow these instructions, you can finish your orthodontic treatment with straighter teeth that are also in excellent health!