Are There Any Alternatives to Braces?
Braces are a staple of orthodontics and are well-known for providing consistently beautiful results. However, we understand that some of our patients are looking for a corrective treatment that is a little bit more discreet. This is why we provide SureSmile and Invisalign, treatments that feature clear aligners that are virtually invisible but highly effective. These treatments have been refined to perfection in recent years, and they can easily correct orthodontic issues big and small.
Many patients love these clear aligners because of the freedom it allows them. You can remove these custom aligners whenever you want to and continue eating all of your favorite treats without worrying about breaking a bracket or wire. If you think this corrective treatment may fit better into your lifestyle, our team will be happy to see you for a complimentary first visit to figure out what your journey to a better smile will look like.
What’s the Best Age to Get Braces?
We are proud to provide excellent orthodontic care to patients of all ages and believe it is never too late to achieve the smile of your dreams. While many of our kid and teen patients have success in braces because their mouths are still growing and more open to change, we can easily create beautiful and healthy smiles for our adult patients. More adults than ever are seeking orthodontic care to fix problems left untreated from childhood or issues that had developed after treatment when they were younger. Braces not only help improve aesthetics, but they also can improve your oral health. No matter what age you are, it’s essential to maintain excellent oral health because it can quickly affect your overall health. Issues such as overcrowding and misaligned bites can damage your ability to speak, bite, chew, and more.
How Long Do People Have to Wear Braces?
The length of treatment depends on every patient’s unique orthodontic needs and goals. We craft treatment plans with great attention to detail that specifically address issues we have identified and what our patient wants their final result to look like. Since every treatment is unique, there is no one-size-fits-all treatment length. That being said, many of our patients get their braces off around one to two years after starting treatment. To find out how long you would need to be in treatment, we suggest coming in for your complimentary first appointment to speak with our knowledgeable team about your options.
Do Braces Do Anything Other than Improving My Smile?
While many patients know that braces create beautiful and straight smiles, you may not be aware that corrective treatment also improves the overall function and health of your mouth and jaw. When your teeth or jaw are not in the correct position, it can damage your speech, biting, and chewing patterns. This results in wear and tear on your teeth and can eventually hurt your overall health. Braces help correct these problems and allow you to have a happier and healthier smile.
Do Braces Hurt?
Braces have been refined in recent years to deliver ultimate comfort and efficiency with a sleeker appearance. While there may be a short adjustment period, you shouldn’t feel any discomfort during your treatment. If your mouth feels sore as your teeth begin to shift, we suggest you take any over-the-counter pain medicine to make you feel more comfortable. You can also put braces wax on the appliance if any of your brackets are irritating your soft tissue.
How Much Do Braces Cost?
The cost of braces varies depending on the patient and how long they need to remain in treatment. Each of our treatment plans is tailored to the patient, so the price can fluctuate from person to person. While braces are an investment into better aesthetics and improved health, our team works hard to make sure you can afford the smile you deserve with the highest quality care possible. This is why we offer affordable payment plans and partner with most insurance providers so that you can easily budget this life-changing treatment.
Do I Need to See My General Dentist While Wearing Braces?
It’s essential to continue seeing your general dentist during treatment so you can maintain your excellent oral health and protect your treatment progress. It’s a common misconception that you don’t have to see the dentist during orthodontic treatment when in reality, we work in partnership with your dentist to ensure you are set up for success and have great oral health by the end of treatment. We each specialize in different areas of the mouth and jaw, so it’s crucial that you continue attending your regularly scheduled cleanings with your general dentist as well as your appointments with our office.