Ridge Meadows Othrodontics

Orthodontics for Teens

A straighter, healthier smile can vastly improve a teenager's quality of life – the team at Ridge Meadows Orthodontics in Maple Ridge can help.


Living with Braces - Teens - Young Adults - Friends

If you’re a teenager who needs braces, you likely have lots of questions – especially about how having braces might affect your daily life. You'll find some answers to your questions here!

How long will I wear my braces?

This is one of the most common questions we're asked, but unfortunately, there is no one definitive answer. Orthodontic treatment can take anywhere from 9 months to 5 years to complete. Most commonly, though, it lasts between 12 to 24 months.

The length of time you'll wear your braces depends on several different factors, but some of them are in your control! These factors include:

  • Which problems are being corrected - The duration of your treatment depends, to some degree, on the position of your teeth and the extent of the malocclusion. Keep in mind too, that everyone is different, and some people’s treatment just takes a bit longer.
  • If you’ve had treatment in the past - Some teens have already undergone orthodontic treatment when they were little. If you’ve had Phase I treatment as a child, then you’ll have a bit of a head start!
  • How you care for your teeth and braces - The care you take of your teeth and orthodontic appliances can make a difference in the duration of your treatment. If you follow the care instructions the Ridge Meadows Orthodontics team give you, you likely won’t need to wear your braces for any additional time.

What kinds of food can I eat?

With braces, you’ll be able to eat many of the foods you normally do, with a few exceptions. Mainly, you’ll want to avoid the following:

  • Hard foods - hard pretzels, nuts, chips, hard candy
  • Chewy/sticky foods - gummy bears, taffy, gum, caramels
  • Foods that you bite into - corn on the cob, apples, carrots, celery

What does Phase II Treatment involve?

Phase II treatment is also called comprehensive treatment, because it involves full braces that are applied when all of the permanent teeth have erupted, usually between the ages of 11 and 13.


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What are my options?

Orthodontic treatment has changed a lot over the years. These days, you don’t have to worry about setting off any metal detectors, and there are a variety of options to choose from.

In-Ovation® System Braces - In-Ovation is a new and technically advanced system that can give you the radiant smile you have always wanted more quickly than traditional braces, and without the need for ugly, unsanitary, and uncomfortable ties or elastics.

Coloured Braces - You've accepted that you'll be wearing braces for the next couple of years, so why not have a little fun with it? With a wide range of coloured elastics, you can customize and personalize your smile.

Invisalign® Teen - Invisalign straightens your teeth without wires and brackets, using a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners. It’s virtually undetectable, which means hardly anyone will know that you’re straightening your teeth.

Living with Braces - Teens / Young Adults - Boy

Book your No Obligation Smile Consultation today with Ridge Meadows Orthodontics.