Adolescent Orthodontics

Braces, Retainers, and Everything else that You want to Know about Orthodontics!

You’ve just heard the three words that every teen dreads: “YOU NEED BRACES!”

Don’t worry! Braces aren’t nearly as scary as you may think. In fact, braces today come in a variety of styles, materials, and colors, making life with braces much easier, more comfortable, and even more stylish than in the past.

How Long will I Have to Wear Braces?

The amount of time it takes to treat your smile with braces depends on three key factors:

Early Treatment

Early treatment allows Dr. Greg Ross and Dr. Len Rothenberg to monitor the growth of the jaw and recommend further orthodontic treatment if necessary Not everybody receives early orthodontic treatment; in some cases, it may be recommended that a patient not undergo orthodontic treatment until they are older.

Issues Requiring Correction

The amount of treatment needed to correct a problem will determine how long the process takes. Different patients react to treatments differently. While it may take one patient only 12 months to complete treatment, it may take another patient 24 months.


Treatment times can vary depending on how quickly your body responds and how much work is needed to give you the show-stopping smile you expect. Also, you are a team player in the treatment process! Your willingness to use the appliances your orthodontist gives you plays a major role in the length of time it takes to complete your treatment. Always remember to take care of your braces and appliances; this truly will help make your treatment shorter!

Braces Your Way!

Our practice offers a variety of braces, types and styles, to choose from. Some common options include:

Orthodontic braces are a big part of life for many people your age. While braces may have had a bad reputation in the past, today’s braces make it easy to look good and feel good! Please contact Rothenberg and Ross Orthodontics to schedule a complimentary evaluation. Our dedicated team is available to answer any questions you may have, as well!