For many teens, the idea of braces is daunting. However, it’s important to remember that many people have had braces at some point on the way to their dream smile.

Braces are not as frightening as you may think. The technology has advanced in recent years, and today’s braces come in a variety of styles, colors, and materials. Braces nowadays are more comfortable, discreet, and stylish than ever, to minimize any concerns or discomfort you may have.

Upon realizing that one needs braces, the first question that comes to mind is often, “how long will I need to wear these?” The duration of one’s treatment depends on multiple factors. We will determine how long your individualized treatment will be once we evaluate your teeth. It’s also extremely important that you follow instructions, and that you take care of your braces and teeth as recommended.

One major aspect of orthodontic treatment is food. There are certain foods that you should either avoid or be wary of. With braces, it’s best to avoid chewy and crunchy foods. Sticky foods, such as caramel, become stuck to braces and may even damage them so it’s best to avoid these while you are receiving treatment. Corn on the cob, apples, carrots, and other hard foods that you need to bite into should be avoided. Additionally, hard candies should never be bitten, but might be safe if eaten with care.

Don’t worry, there are plenty of things that you can still eat and enjoy fully! Meat, seafood, dairy, soft breads, and grains are all safe to eat. Most fruits and vegetables can still be eaten while you are wearing braces. Many worry about missing dessert when they are wearing braces, but you can still eat soft ice cream, cakes, and other sweet treats.

There are options available to treat a variety of concerns, which range from traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, and invisible braces. Braces are very common in teenagers, and with the multitude of styles available, there’s no need to feel insecure!

If you have any questions or concerns about braces for teenagers, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our three locations today: Livermore, Tracy , Pleasanton .