Remember when your kid was little and you’d yell “Say cheese!” before snapping a photo? All those goofy smiles. As your child has grown into a teen, does he still smile for photos? A big, real smile showing his teeth?

All parents want their teenagers to be happy, confident and feel good about themselves. The teen years are rough! Those years of feelings awkward and insecure – don’t remind me! They say our smiles are the gateways to our hearts, but many of us are too insecure about our teeth to let our smiles shine.  Now more than ever, we have options to get your teen (or you!) that selfie-ready smile before they’re off to high school, college or that next big event in your lives…think weddings, graduations, business presentations. We’re ready for you!

Two main questions parents and teens have about orthodontics are:

  1.     Will it hurt?
  2.     How long will this take?

Think of your options as the settings on your GPS. Whether your teen prefers the fastest route or the more enjoyable scenic route, we will get her to her destination of a straighter smile.

Fastest route

If you or your teen are of the mindset that the quicker the better, then braces and AcceleDent® is the way to go. You may not be familiar with AcceleDent, an orthodontics system that goes over the braces for 20 minutes each day to accelerate the work the braces are doing by up to 50%. Which means shorter time in braces!

Scenic route

If you or your teen are concerned about how metal braces will look or that braces will be too restrictive, you should ask about Invisalign® Teen. Invisalign aligners are made of nearly invisible clear plastic. Some teens also like that the aligners are removable so you can eat whatever you wants.

There is no right or wrong answer – it’s a matter of which treatment process is right for you or your teen. The great news is that you have options!

Contact us today for a free consultation to get you or your teen a straighter smile before that next big event or milestone! Click Here, email Lacy at lacey@drwhitlock.com or call us at any of our local offices:

Springdale: (479) 751-1103

Fayetteville: (479) 527-6998

Fort Smith: (479) 434-4332