Are There Any Alternatives To Braces?
By far, one of the most common (and popular) alternatives to traditional metal braces takes the form of Invisalign – an option that works for both kids and adults alike.
When you are fitted for a set of traditional metal braces, the first thing that happens is that a series of small metal brackets are attached to each one of the teeth in your mouth. At that point, a metal wire (one for the top row and one for the bottom row) is used to connected the brackets together. The tension of that wire is periodically adjusted, which is what gently shifts the teeth into the correct position over the course of your treatment.
With Invisalign, 3D scanning technology is used to take a series of precise measurements of your mouth, which is then used to create a series of clear plastic trays. You wear those trays for as long as possible each day and, every few weeks, swap out your current ones for the next ones in the sequence. Each set of trays is a bit different, and this is what shifts the teeth into the correct position.
What’s The Best Age To Get Braces?
Most dental professionals agree that an ideal time to get braces is between 10 and 14 years old. Having said that, the types of issues that braces are designed to correct can manifest themselves at literally any age – meaning that there’s no time like the present to make this important decision, regardless of how old you are.
How Long Do People Have To Wear Braces?
This is a difficult question to answer, as no two patients are created equally. Some types of dental-related issues take longer to correct than others, which is why it’s hard to pinpoint a precise answer. Typically, people spend between a year and a half to two years in braces. Don’t worry; your dental professional will go over all of this with you well in advance so that you know exactly what to expect moving forward.
Are Braces Really Necessary?
In a word, yes – braces are a great way to take total control over your oral health while also finally allowing you to enjoy that perfect smile you’ve always seen for yourself. If left unchecked, even something as seemingly simple as crooked teeth can easily lead to larger issues down the road – which is why you always want to tackle these issues when you have the opportunity to do so.
Do Braces Do Anything Other Than Improving My Smile?
Absolutely. In fact, braces are a great way to not only correct arch-related issues in your mouth but also significant issues like underbites and overbites as well. Plus, as stated, getting braces now can help avoid a lot of the other larger health-related issues that people tend to experience as we age.
Do Braces Hurt?
Braces don’t necessarily hurt, but there is a typical adjustment period that people go through, considering that you will suddenly have small metal brackets and wires in your mouth at all times.
How Much Do Braces Cost?
Every patient is different and it is important to create a plan that is just right for you. The cost of your treatment will depend on this custom treatment plan and will vary depending on the length of time and complexity. We can tell you the exact amount once we have seen you for your initial exam and consultation. We offer an array of payment options, family and professional discounts, and flexible financing. It is our goal to remove any and all barriers so you can achieve a beautiful healthy smile.
Am I Too Old For Braces?
While it is absolutely true that most people get braces when they are between 10 and 14 years old, people of literally any age can be ideal candidates under the right circumstances. This is because our mouths continue to develop long after our childhood hears, and certain types of issues can manifest themselves at literally any age. Therefore, it is important for you to understand that you have NOT “aged out” of your opportunity to get braces.
How Long Will I Have To Wear Braces?
As stated, the answer to this question is going to depend heavily on the patient, but for the most part, people can expect to wear braces for between one and a half to two years.
Do I Need To See My General Dentist While Wearing Braces?
You will likely need to see a general dentist while wearing braces, yes, as you’ll need to make sure that you are always in good oral health so that treatment can continue without interruption. Braces are great for many things, but they’re not going to be able to help if you have a cavity, for example. Only a dentist will be able to tackle that.
What Is Limited Treatment?
Limited treatment can be accomplished in less time than comprehensive treatment, and it is usually better for correcting purely cosmetic issues. Because of this, it will likely require some level of coordination with your general dentist for any additional cosmetic dental procedures that you need.