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Getting braces is the sign that you’re moving from being a boy to being a man. It’s the sign that you’re old enough to drive, to go out on dates, and – wait, we’re getting this confused with a different teenage rite of passage.

Joking aside, braces are a big deal in a teenager’s life, and they’ll have an impact on your appearance forever. It’s hard, though, to help teenagers understand why braces are so important. Here’s the thing – they do more than just straighten your teeth.

This is what Dr. Claudia Torok and the team in Los Angeles, California want you to know about braces

Healthy teeth
The biggest benefit you get from having braces is improved tooth health. Straight teeth are much healthier than crooked ones. The reason for that is crooked teeth trap debris – and are more conducive to plaque buildup – than straight teeth. The nooks and crannies with crooked teeth are a haven to cavities and other issues to develop.

Self-esteem
Oral health aside, braces do help your self-esteem immensely. If you’re proud of how you look, and not afraid to smile, you’ll be that much more confident in various social settings. From job interviews to dates, a straight smile gives you a lot of things you didn’t have before.

Our team understands the need for braces, and we’re here to help you get the best orthodontic treatment possible. We want you to have a healthy smile you can’t help but show off. To get started, call the orthodontic practice of Dr. Claudia Torok DDS MS today at 310-670-5686.