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Properly aligned teeth are a sign of good health and can help you feel confident. However, spacing, crowding and other alignment issues can sometimes cause you to hide your smile from others. Fortunately, braces in Falls Church can help you correct alignment issues and enjoy a brilliant smile.
Our dentists recommend orthodontics to those with teeth alignment issues, including uneven bites. The benefits of orthodontic treatment are more than just cosmetic – getting braces can help you combat gum disease, prevent jawbone erosion and even improve your speech.
To find out if braces are right for you, contact our office to book a consultation.
Where Can I Find a Braces Dentist?
Getting new braces can be a significant medical and financial decision, so it’s important to find a provider you trust. Our experienced dentists are here to explain your treatment options and ensure you feel comfortable during every step of the braces process. We’re always here to answer your questions and provide an estimate of the total treatment time and cost. Schedule your consultation today, and get started on the road to a straighter, more confident smile.
Does it Hurt to Get Braces?
Getting orthodontics put on, including braces in Falls Church, is a pain-free process. Both metal and ceramic styles utilize the same method for attaching them to the teeth. Dentists use a bonding glue to attach the brackets, which hold the archwire in place. You might notice that the glue tastes unpleasant, but it isn’t dangerous. Rubber bands are then added to hold the brackets and wire in place across your teeth. Over time, this bracket-and-wire system will place pressure on the teeth, moving them into the desired location. Give our dentist’s office a call if you have questions about the treatment process.
How Many Types of Braces Are Available?
The three major types of braces are traditional metal, ceramic and clear aligners (sometimes called invisible braces). Many patients undergo treatment with traditional metal braces, as they are the most cost effective and treat a variety of orthodontic issues. Ceramic braces are similar to metal appliances in structure, but they’re made with a tooth-colored material. This creates a more seamless look. In terms of cost, ceramic appliances tend to be more costly than their metal counterparts.
Clear aligners are another effective treatment option for those with moderate alignment issues. The aligners are constructed with clear, flexible plastic and worn over the teeth. One advantage of these trays is that they can be removed at any time for eating and drinking or when performing oral hygiene practices.
Discover what option works best for you by scheduling a consultation in Falls Church today.
Can Orthodontics Be Affordable?
Deciding to begin your journey to a straighter, healthier smile is a significant medical and financial commitment. We often hear from our patients, “How much do braces cost and is it in my budget?”
Each patient is different; therefore, the cost of getting braces varies. How long you’ll need to wear the appliance, the number of follow-up dentist visits necessary and your insurance coverage will factor into the total cost. Some plans offer coverage for orthodontic treatment, so we encourage all patients to consult with their provider. We’re also available to answer any questions you have about your coverage.
Flexible financing can also help patients manage the cost of treatment. These payment agreements can be used alongside insurance or without. With flexible financing, you’ll make convenient monthly payments over a set period of time. This is a great way to get the smile you’ve always wanted while sticking to your budget.
See what options are available by giving us a call.
How Long Do Braces Take?
A typical appointment usually takes between one and two hours. Most patients report some discomfort following the procedure, but this is expected. We recommend using over-the-counter pain medications to alleviate discomfort; however, severe pain should be evaluated by a dentist. If you begin to experience excessive pain, contact our office.
How long you’ll need to wear orthodontics depends on a variety of factors, including the severity of your alignment issues and your age. Patients generally complete treatment between one and two years.
Do You Have to Wear a Retainer After Braces?
At the end of your treatment, you’ll visit our office to have your results evaluated and your appliance removed. The dentist will use a special pair of pliers to remove the brackets from each tooth and release the archwire. You’ll then be able to enjoy the benefits of a straighter, healthier smile.
We recommend that all orthodontic patients wear a retainer following treatment to preserve their results. Retainers are fitted to your teeth and are usually worn while you sleep. You may need to wear the retainer for several years, which will allow the bone to fully set in your jaw and prevent future shifting.