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If left untreated, orthodontic issues can cause significant problems with your oral health, such as gum disease, tooth decay, and poor oral health overall. With braces in Burke, our dentists and orthodontists can transform your smile’s appearance and improve your oral health.
How Can I Get Braces?
Once you’ve decided to pursue orthodontic treatment, scheduling an appointment with our braces dentist is the first step to take. When you come in for your consultation, our experienced team will carefully examine your mouth and design a unique treatment plan that will help you achieve a straighter, more beautiful smile. Contact our office today to begin the process towards the smile of your dreams.
How Are Braces Installed?
Whether you’re receiving ceramic or metal materials, the steps for putting on braces is exactly the same. To prepare your teeth for placing the metal brackets and wires, your appointment will begin with your teeth being carefully cleaned and dried by your dentist or orthodontist. Then, a special adhesive is placed on your teeth and the brackets are placed onto the center of each tooth. Although the adhesive doesn’t have a pleasant taste, it isn’t toxic to you. After the brackets have been placed on all teeth, the archwires are placed onto each bracket and held into place with elastic bands.
The specific steps for attaching the invisible type involves placing the metal brackets and wires on the back of your teeth. Since this is a slightly more complicated procedure, the total length of treatment is longer and requires the skill of a trained orthodontist.
What Types of Braces Are Available?
We offer several different types of dental braces in Burke to improve the alignment of a variety of smiles. With ceramic braces, white or clear brackets and wires are attached to the surface of teeth, making them a less noticeable option. Metal braces are the most traditional option for straightening teeth, consisting of attaching metal brackets and wires to the surface of each tooth.
For a more discreet option, consider invisible braces. By placing the metal wires and brackets on the inside of each tooth, they can’t be easily seen when you smile. Another invisible option is transparent aligner trays that are placed over your teeth. They gradually align your teeth into position over time and can be removed every time you eat or drink. To learn more about the pros and cons of each of these options, call our office to make an appointment.
How Much Do Braces Cost?
The average cost of braces can be influenced by a variety of factors that are unique to each patient, such as your insurance information, the complexity of your case, and the type of treatment you receive. We recommend checking with your insurance provider regarding treatment coverage, and you can also ask our friendly team about possible financing options or payment plans available at our office. You can also ask your dentist or orthodontist for a price estimate after your consultation. Call today to schedule your appointment.
How Long Is the Process for Getting Braces?
It can take up to two hours to get braces put on. The procedure itself isn’t painful, but it’s very common to experience soreness and discomfort following treatment. This discomfort usually lasts a week and can be alleviated with over-the-counter pain medicine. To help minimize pain and discomfort, you can consume softer foods for the first few days after treatment. Call our office right away if your soreness and discomfort worsens or does not improve within one week. Most patients require orthodontic treatment for a period of one to two years.
Is It Necessary to Wear a Retainer After Braces?
To maintain the appearance of their newly straightened teeth, all patients usually wear a retainer once their braces are removed. The device is usually worn while sleeping, and it’s designed to train your teeth to permanently stay in the new positions.
Your retainer is manufactured based on impressions taken of your teeth, creating a customized device that perfectly matches the shape of your mouth. Some patients may need to wear their retainer indefinitely on a nightly basis, but others may only need to wear the device for a few years. Ask your dentist or orthodontist for more information on how long you need to wear a retainer.
A special instrument is used to remove the brackets and wires from your teeth, and the entire process takes nearly an hour to complete. The orthodontist or dentist will also clean and polish your teeth to remove any excess glue. Most patients don’t experience any pain while their braces are taken off, but it’s possible to feel minor pressure during the removal process.