Crooked or misaligned teeth can sometimes make you feel less confident when engaging with others socially or in professional situations. At [OFFICE], we offer orthodontic solutions that include braces, retainers, and other realignment options to help you show off the most beautiful smile possible now and for many years to come. Understanding how braces work can allow you to enjoy the benefits of straighter and more even teeth for yourself and other members of your family in [GEOID].
How Do Braces Work?
Traditional braces are attached with dental adhesive and brackets to individual teeth. Wires are then connected to these brackets and tightened gradually to move your teeth into the desired position. Once your teeth have been realigned, these braces will be removed and your teeth cleaned to ensure that you look your best after treatment.
At [OFFICE], we provide braces that will straighten your teeth and enhance your smile. Realigning your teeth can also improve the quality of your bite and can ensure that you have the healthiest teeth and a straight, clean smile.
What Types of Braces Are Available?
The orthodontics experts at [OFFICE] can provide you with an array of choices for realigning your teeth and improving the appearance of your smile. Some of our most popular options are explained below:
- Traditional braces consist of metal and plastic brackets and wires that are gradually tightened to move each tooth into its proper position. These types of braces generally offer the fastest results. One drawback, however, is that they are often very visible and may affect your appearance and your self-confidence for the duration of your treatment plan. Traditional braces are also more difficult to clean than some other types of braces.
- Ceramic braces are usually constructed from clear or tooth-colored materials to make them less visible during treatment. Like traditional braces, these types of braces are connected to teeth and tightened gradually to produce results more quickly.
- Lingual braces are applied to the backs of teeth to produce results while remaining invisible from the front surfaces. At [OFFICE], our orthodontists in [GEOID] can provide you with lingual braces options that can resolve your issues quickly and without the metallic look of traditional braces.
- Clear aligners like Invisalign® consist of small trays that fit over your teeth. These customized trays are used in a specific sequence that allow small alignment changes to add up to straighter teeth and a more attractive smile. Aligner trays can be removed when you eat, sleep, or brush and floss your teeth. When you are wearing them, your aligner trays work to move your teeth gradually into the correct positions.
- Retainers are removable dental devices that are sometimes used to maintain the progress made in realigning your teeth. For minor orthodontic issues, a retainer may be used as a stand-alone solution for realigning your teeth.
Your orthodontist at [OFFICE] will discuss your options and the costs of these treatments with you during your consultation. We will work with you to find the right braces in [GEOID] to suit your needs and your budget perfectly.
Managing the Costs of Braces in [GEOID]
At [OFFICE], we take pride in our ability to help our patients handle the costs of their treatments with our team. Many dental insurance plans accepted by our dental practice offer some coverage for orthodontics. We will work with you to find the right option to suit your financial situation and your requirements. In most cases, traditional braces are the most affordable option and are most often covered by insurance. Other options, including Invisalign® trays, may be covered at a lower percentage or not covered at all by your dental insurance.
What to Expect When Wearing Braces
Most types of braces are designed to use gradual pressure to move your teeth into the proper position. This can result in some discomfort for patients, especially during the early stages of treatment. Your orthodontist may be able to provide you with strategies for managing pain and discomfort during this time. Be sure to check with the dentists at [OFFICE] to determine which over-the-counter or prescription pain medications are best for managing discomfort and protecting your health.
How Do You Take Care of Braces?
The brackets and wires that make up your braces can also make it difficult for you to brush and floss properly. Regular dental visits to [OFFICE] are even more important when you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. This can allow your dentist to clean your teeth thoroughly and can provide you with added protection against tooth decay and cavities during this process.
Between visits to the dentist, you will also need to brush and floss regularly. Be careful not to brush too hard or to floss too aggressively. This could potentially cause damage to your braces that could delay the progress of your treatment for realigning your teeth.
Retainers and Invisalign® trays are removable orthodontic devices. These options can make it much easier to brush and floss your teeth at home. You will still need to visit the dentist twice annually for a teeth cleaning visit and checkup.
During your orthodontic treatment, you will have frequent check-ups with your orthodontist to make sure your realignment process is going according to plan. Traditional braces will need to be tightened every few weeks to ensure the fastest progress for your orthodontic treatment. In general, you can expect to complete your treatment in 12 to 24 months.
The Right Orthodontics Options in [GEOID]
If you want a brighter and more attractive smile, the orthodontics professionals at [OFFICE] can provide you with the right braces and realignment treatment options for your needs. Our team can provide the most advanced orthodontic options in [GEOID] for our patients. Call us today at [PHONE] to schedule an orthodontics consultation with us. We are here to help you look and feel your best.