Braces

Having crooked teeth can make you feel self-conscious about your smile and cause oral health issues such as tooth decay and gum disease.

Braces are a proven method for straightening your teeth and can create a healthy, comfortable bite and a symmetrical smile.

So why should you choose braces?

Treatment with Braces is Personalized to Create a Better Bite and a Beautiful Smile

Braces can improve your self-esteem.
Creating a straight, symmetrical smile with braces encourages a more positive self-image and helps you enter new situations with confidence. 

Braces treat a range of alignment issues.
Treatment with braces is easily customizable to treat a variety of issues, from slightly crooked teeth to potentially serious jaw concerns.

Braces can improve your bite.
A properly aligned bite makes it easier to chew, aiding the digestion process and eliminating unnecessary wear and tear on your teeth.

Let’s break it down and see how braces work...

Crooked Teeth Can Affect Your Quality of Life

*According to a study conducted by Kelton Research, LLC.

In addition, individuals with straight teeth are more likely to be seen as happy, healthy, and intelligent. 

So how do you know if you need braces? 

A Doctor Can Examine Your Case and Recommend Treatment

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, you should have your first orthodontic consultation by age seven. However, it is never too late for adults to consider braces, especially with so many discreet options available. In general, you should see a dentist if you have issues such as a: 

Overbite

When the upper jaw juts farther forward than the lower, it can expose your front teeth to damage and make your upper lip protrude. 

Underbite

Eating can become more difficult when your lower teeth push out past your upper teeth

Crossbite

If your upper and lower jaws are misaligned, it can lead to difficulty chewing and excessive wear on some of your teeth. 

Open bite

When you cannot fully close your jaw because your upper and lower teeth do not meet correctly, it can make chewing and speaking more difficult. 

Gapped teeth

Large spaces between the teeth can make eating and speaking more difficult. Because they are often so noticeable, they can also leave you feeling self-conscious. 

Crowded teeth

A crowded smile can impact your self-esteem and make it difficult to properly brush or floss your teeth. This can cause bad breath, cavities, and other oral health issues. 

Your dentist will use x-ray images, impressions of your teeth and bite, and other information to design an orthodontic treatment that addresses your unique needs. 

But What About Invisalign®?

Many patients have heard about the wonders of Invisalign’s clear aligner system. While Invisalign works for some individuals, it may not effectively treat more advanced, complex cases. However, for patients concerned about metal braces, there are still a variety of aesthetic options available, including clear braces and tooth-colored ceramic brackets.

So what should you expect during treatment? 

The Route to a Straighter Smile

Consultation

At your first appointment, your orthodontist will examine your smile and create a personalized braces treatment plan. 

Spacer Appointment

About a week before bonding your braces, you will need to have spacers placed between your molars to make room for the orthodontic bands.

Bonding Appointment

During this visit, your orthodontist will bond the brackets to the front or back of your teeth and place the wire and bands.

Adjustments

About every six to eight weeks, you will return to your orthodontist’s office so they can adjust your braces. Typically, treatment with braces takes between 18 and 24 months.

Debonding Appointment

Once your treatment is complete, your orthodontist can remove your brackets and take impressions for your retainer

Long-Term Checkup

Your dentist will likely recommend scheduling an appointment about 18 months after your treatment ends to ensure your new smile is staying put. 

Take a closer look at how braces straighten your smile:

Enjoy a Healthier Smile That Also Looks Great

Getting your braces removed can be a huge weight off your shoulders. Once your teeth have reached their ideal positions, your doctor will use a pair of special pliers to gently squeeze your brackets and break the bonds that hold them against your teeth. He or she will then remove the bonding cement by polishing the surface of your teeth. 

It can take some time to get used to the sensation of being braces-free, but any inflammation, soreness, or sensitivity typically lasts only a few days. 

In addition to having a straighter smile, you can expect brushing and flossing your teeth to be much easier without the metal wires and brackets. Many patients also choose to enhance their results with teeth whitening or other cosmetic dentistry treatments

Make a good first impression every time with a straighter smile...

Illustrations of teeth in different stages of orthodontic treatment

How to Best Maintain Your Newly Straightened Smile

Your braces treatment is not over when your braces come off. Following removal, your dentist may provide a custom retainer to help keep your teeth in alignment. You should wear this on a nightly basis or as prescribed by your dentist. This is the best way to prevent your teeth from moving out of place and avoid needing re-treatment in the future.

You should also attend biannual visits with your dentist so they can monitor your smile. Wisdom teeth and other issues can cause misalignment, so it is important for your dentist to diagnose these issues before they start to affect your smile.

To keep your smile feeling and looking healthy after your braces are removed, you should also practice good oral hygiene at home.

How Much Do Different Options Cost?

Today, there are several alternatives to traditional metal braces, including ceramic "tooth-colored" braces and clear aligners. Each material comes with its own cost.

Metal Braces

Traditional braces typically cost between $3,000 and $7,000. Minor cases of misalignment will generally cost less than more severe jaw-related issues.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are a popular choice for patients who are looking for a more discreet alternative to metal brackets and wires. If you are interested in ceramic braces, you can expect to pay a bit more than you would for traditional braces. The price ranges from $4,000 to $8,000.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are one of the more expensive forms of treatment, with an average cost between $8,000 and $10,000. These braces are affixed to the back of teeth rather than the front. They generally function the same way as traditional braces, but they are not visible when you smile.

Clear Aligners

Aligners such as Invisalign® are comparable in price to traditional braces, typically costing between $3,000 and $8,000. Invisalign offers several types of aligner trays depending on the extent of your misalignment.

Not sure if braces are right for you?

Schedule a Consultation

There are many different options available for straightening your smile. One of the most popular alternatives is clear aligners, such as Invisalign® and ClearCorrect. However, these systems cannot exert the same amount of force on teeth and may not be the right choice for everyone. Your dentist can recommend the optimal method for you.

A misaligned bite can cause a range of oral health issues, from decay and gum disease to tooth loss. If you are concerned about a crooked smile, schedule an appointment and speak to your dentist about braces today.

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