Despite all the advances in dentistry over the years, traditional metal braces are still the most effective orthodontic option when it comes to correcting misaligned teeth and crooked bites. They are ideal for younger patients because of their durability, but they can also help adults who are looking for a guaranteed way to straighten their smile. Whether for your child or yourself, Dr. Holland is ready to design a personalized treatment plan that will yield beautiful results before you know it.
Traditional braces, just like many other orthodontic treatments, works by applying a consistent force to the teeth in order to slowly shift them into the proper positions. Whether you are dealing with crowded teeth, gaps between teeth, crooked or rotated teeth, or a severe bite alignment issue, traditional braces can make it possible to see a new and improved smile.
Dr. Holland will use a specially bent wire to place over each row of teeth. The wire is then held in place using brackets that are bonded to each tooth. The wire will need to be adjusted and tightened from time to time as the teeth move, but eventually, they should all line up as intended to create a more attractive and functional smile.
On average, the normal treatment time for braces is about 24-36 months, though each patient’s situation is slightly different. During your consultation with Dr. Holland, he will discuss your personalized treatment plan, including the estimated timeframe it will take to achieve your desired results.
While many factors can dictate the length of treatment, making sure you closely follow Dr. Holland’s instructions might mean completing treatment in much less time.
In the beginning, you can expect some oral soreness, especially since your mouth will be trying to adjust to the new metal brackets and wires. These small additions to the surfaces of your teeth can irritate your soft oral tissues (i.e. lips, cheeks, gums), so you might want to invest in dental wax, which can serve as a barrier between the bracket and your soft tissue.
Also, each time you go in for a regular dental appointment and have your wire adjusted, you can expect to experience some minor discomfort in the following days. Although this is completely normal and signals that your teeth are, in fact, moving as they should, an over-the-counter pain reliever, soft foods, and a cold compress can help to minimize discomfort.
To get in contact with our orthodontic office and schedule a consultation to learn what your particular treatment will be like, give us a call today. We’ll be happy to answer all of your questions and even discuss how we can use your dental insurance to help you save on your treatment.
Whether you are preparing to begin your journey with braces or are still considering your options when it comes to addressing your crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, Dr. Holland and his team at Ortega Orthodontics want you to be well-informed. Understanding the process, benefits, expectations, and results you will receive can help you make a confident decision about the future of your oral health. Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about braces, which have been compiled by our team. Should you have additional concerns or questions, we invite you to contact our office.
Whether you’ve worn braces in the past or know someone who has, you will likely learn that braces can cause some level of discomfort. The reason is that the wire must be tightened every few weeks in order to keep your teeth moving in the proper direction. Each time Dr. Holland adjusts your wire, you may feel some pain in the following days. Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever and using a cold compress can help to minimize discomfort. It also helps to eat soft foods during this time to prevent additional pressure being placed on your teeth.
Metal brackets and wires will not damage your teeth; however, if you forgo proper oral hygiene while wearing braces, you could face serious dental problems. No one wants to receive treatment for tooth decay, cavities, or gum disease while wearing braces, which is why you should remain diligent with your dental hygiene routine. This should include:
Our team will be happy to recommend helpful products and instruments you can purchase to maintain a healthy smile while wearing braces.
Yes, you will most likely be required to wear a retainer once it is time to remove your braces. The reason is that your teeth can move quickly, and if there is nothing keeping them in place, they will shift back into their original position.
Dr. Holland may suggest that you wear it full time in the beginning; however, you will gradually begin to wear it only at night after several months.
Unfortunately, there is no set time limit when it comes to wearing braces. Every patient is different. Depending on the severity of your problem when you begin treatment, it can take anywhere from 1-3 years to achieve desired results. You will learn more about the timeline for treatment when you meet with Dr. Holland for a scheduled consultation. It is during this visit that you will receive a thorough oral examination, personalized treatment plan, explanation about the process, and how much you can expect to pay for your braces.
This depends on your individual insurance company and chosen plan. While some do not cover the cost of orthodontics, others may be happy to provide some level of coverage for traditional braces. If you need assistance in contacting an insurance representative, we will be happy to work on your behalf to help you get the answers you need.
Whether your insurance company agrees to cover your braces or not, we will be happy to assist in identifying additional payment methods you can use to stay within your budget while working toward a new and improved smile.
You may wonder whether it is possible to afford braces or not. Typically known as an extensive and expensive treatment, many patients may opt to forgo the recommendation but go one to experience worsening oral and health-related problems. Fortunately, braces can be an affordable solution when it comes to addressing various dental problems. Whether covered by insurance or requiring a financing payment plan, you can get the care you need without breaking the bank.