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The stereotype of teenagers is that they are overly dramatic; every tiny thing can set them over the edge. What we forget is how hard being a teenager actually is. So much of what we simply see as part of life is brand-new to them and incredibly overwhelming. Orthodontic treatment won’t cure all their problems—there is still school, friends, family, and more to worry about—but we can make life a bit easier by giving them a beautiful and confident smile.

How do I know if my teenager needs orthodontic treatment?

Dr. Delplanche is an expert in recognizing orthodontic problems that may lead to future issues with the function of teeth.

Here are a few signs your teen could benefit from orthodontic treatment:

  • Early, late, or irregular loss of baby teeth

  • Difficulty chewing or biting

  • Crowding or extra spacing between teeth

  • Crooked or crowded teeth

  • Missing or extra tooth

  • An overbite or underbite

  • Incorrect jaw position

  • A disorder of the jaw joint

What are some of the benefits for my teenager, besides straight teeth?

Benefits of having straight teeth can include:

  • Being less prone to wear and tear chipping or tooth trauma

  • Being easier to keep clean, helping prevent tooth decay and cavities

  • Reducing the chance of having gum disease, which can result in bone loss, decay and tooth loss

  • Improving proper chewing and digestion of food

If my teenager had Phase I treatment, will they also need a Phase II?

Oftentimes, the goal of Phase I treatment was to fix a limited problem early one while your child was still growing. Some teens may have had a Phase I treatment at an earlier age and now, as a teenager are ready for follow up with full braces or Invisalign. There are many health benefits beyond outward appearances for teens to have orthodontic treatment. We like to picture your teenager smiling as a future 30-something and beyond and want to ensure they have a happy and healthy smile for life.

The most common age for orthodontic treatment is between the ages of 12 and 16 because most permanent teeth have erupted. During our initial consultation, Dr. Delplanche will take time to go over the options with you and your teenager to help him or her find the one that is the most comfortable and best suited for the issues at hand.

How long does orthodontic treatment take?

That’s a tough question! Since now two cases are alike and we want to focus on quality treatment, we will give you an estimated treatment length and make it our goal to finish on time. Most comprehensive cases in our office are completed in 18-24 months but of course things like difficulty and patient compliance will make the case take less time or sometimes a bit longer.

Will braces hurt?

You can expect the braces or appliances to make the teeth sore for a few days after they are placed and after each adjustment appointment. These should not be painful, but merely annoying and can be relieved with an over-the-counter pain reliever. Dr. Delplanche uses mini braces which allows lighter forces to move the teeth and reduce overall discomfort.

How long does it take to get braces?

In our office this first appointment to get braces placed can take about an hour, and oftentimes we can even do this on the same day of the initial appointment. We will work hard to make it as easy and comfortable for you as possible. At the end of the appointment, a team member will explain how to brush and floss with braces, review what foods to avoid (hard, sticky and chewy) so braces are not broken, and what to do if you experience any difficulties with your braces. This is a great time to ask any questions about the care of your new braces. For the duration of treatment, make sure to limit your intake of sugary or acidic drinks to avoid decalcification.

What about sports or band practice, will my teenager still be able to participate in activities if they have braces or Invisalign?

Yes, they will absolutely still be able to participate in their activity of choice. Although it might take a couple of days for them to get used to their new appliances, they can still enjoy all the activities that make them happy. We highly recommend a sports mouthguard if your child is playing any athletic sports to help protect the teeth and appliances. If your child is wearing Invisalign aligners, it is recommended that they wear them for about 22 hours per day, but can take them out for eating, brushing and if they play sports where a mouthguard is recommended.
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Treatment Options


Esthetic treatment with the convenience of removable aligners.


Miniature-sized braces with over 20 colors to choose from!


Clear Ceramic Braces- Braces which are mostly invisible, but still look good with colors!


Are you ready to invest in your smile? Schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Delplanche today!

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Delaney’s baby teeth came in tiny and tight. Dr. Delplanche and his wonderful team did a fantastic job making room for her adult teeth. The results are an amazing smile that Delaney is proud to show off! Dr. Delplanche was so good about explaining everything he was trying to do along the way. I knew there was a slight chance she’d need to have teeth pulled to make room. In the end we were able to keep all of her teeth and we couldn’t be happier!
- Anne T., Mom
Trevor needed braces to correct his overbite and overjet. We were very well informed of his treatment plan and very happy with the results. Thank you Dr. Delplanche and staff! You all have been wonderful through the whole process.
- Gina G., Mom
Our daughter's teeth were in a very bad condition and it made her smile less. She didn’t feel confident about her teeth at all even at a young age but that all changed since we came to your office. Her teeth grow and move a lot slower than other kids but Dr. Delplanche and the entire office were so patient and friendly with her the whole time. You are so professional, friendly, and care so much for Khanh that I can feel that with each of her visits.
- Trang N., Mom
The office is amazing! Both my children had braces and the staff is exceptional. With each experience the staff is kind, fun and very professional. They fully explained treatment and financial plans with me which I greatly appreciated. Making appointments was extremely easy especially with crazy schedules! I would highly recommend Dr. Delplanche!
- Christine M., Mom