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If you’re a teen who needs braces, you probably have a lot of questions:
You’re not alone! Nearly 70 percent of teenagers need braces to straighten their teeth and to improve their bite. Braces have come a long way since the 1970s and 1980s. That means that the materials used to make braces now are newer, lighter, stronger, and position your teeth more quickly than they did before. If your parents had braces, you’ve probably heard their stories—but today, braces are much more customized and are very comfortable to wear.
Your length of treatment will depend on several things:
You have a lot of options! Some braces are clear and nearly invisible. Dr. Gutiérrez will talk to you and your parents about your choices, which include:
When you have braces, you must be careful about what you’re eating and drinking so that you don’t damage your braces, which will then need to repaired and replaced and may lengthen your treatment time. The good news is that there are many foods that you can have while wearing braces, including these:
These are foods that you should not eat because they can cause damage to your braces.
If you have a question about what you are allowed to eat, give Dr. Gutiérrez’s office a call. We know exactly what you should avoid, plus we can offer you some alternatives.
The patient and any other person responsible for payment has a right to refuse to pay, cancel payment or be reimbursed for payment for any other service, examination or treatment that is performed as a result of and within 72 hours of responding to the advertisement for the free, discounted fee or reduced fee service, examination or treatment.