Are There Any Alternatives to Braces?
We are proud to offer the revolutionary corrective treatment called Invisalign to our Forever Smiles patients. This treatment consists of a series of clear aligners that are printed in a comfortable thermoplastic and designed to fit your smile perfectly. Our patients love Invisalign because they enjoy the same consistent results as braces wearers do, but the appliance is virtually invisible and easily removable. This gives Invisalign patients ultimate freedom and allows our team to craft a plan that works best for our patients’ lifestyles. If you want a happier and healthier smile but have been on the fence about the appearance of braces, Invisalign may be a great option for your corrective treatment.
What’s the Best Age to Get Braces?
There is no set age on when a person should seek orthodontic treatment, and our team has the tools and skills to treat patients of all ages to achieve their forever smile. That being said, kids and teens often have success with braces sooner than adults because their mouths are still growing and shifting, so it’s easier to influence these growth patterns with treatment. For adult patients, we are trying to shift teeth and jaws that are already set in place.
While it may be simpler to treat children, nothing stops our team from providing transformative results for all of our patients. If you are an adult patient who has always felt uncomfortable in your own smile, have been in an accident that impacted your smile, or any other reason that requires attention, we are the perfect office for your needs. Our doctor and team will go above and beyond to show you the benefits of belonging to a practice that sets the standard for modern orthodontics.
How Long Do People Have to Wear Braces?
Each of our patients has unique treatment needs and smile goals, and we craft treatment plans that address each of these and best suit their lifestyles. Although each plan is unique, many of our patients get their braces off within one to two years of beginning treatment. For a more accurate time frame for your treatment, we suggest coming in for your free first visit so we can assess your needs.
Do Braces Do Anything Other than Improving My Smile?
While improving the look of your smile and inspiring confidence is a great benefit of orthodontics, corrective treatment goes beyond esthetics and improves your smile’s health. Misaligned jaws and overlapped or overcrowded teeth can cause pain or difficulty when chewing, biting, speaking, and more. By addressing these problems with braces, your mouth and jaw will function better, and you will enjoy a higher quality of life.
In addition to aiding function, braces also help keep your mouth clean. When your teeth aren’t in the right position, it can be difficult to clean them, and you are more likely to suffer from cavities and even tooth loss. Once your smile is straightened, it is easier for you to brush and floss away harmful bacteria and food debris.
Do Braces Hurt?
While there may be some initial discomfort when you initially get your braces on, many patients adapt quickly to our carefully selected appliances. We prioritize patient comfort when crafting treatment plans, and each type of braces we offer has been refined and optimized for ultimate patient comfort. If you feel some slight irritation or pain while your mouth gets used to your brackets and wires, you can put braces wax on the areas of your appliance that are making contact. If your mouth feels sore because of your shifting teeth, you can take any over-the-counter pain medicine to remedy the discomfort.
How Much Do Braces Cost?
The price of braces varies depending on the patient and the extent of their orthodontic needs. If a patient has to remain in braces for an extended period of time because their issues take longer to address, it may cost more than the average treatment. While braces are a great investment, we know that it is something you and your family may have to work into your budget. To help ease this process and make braces more accessible to our community, we have created several flexible financing plans. To help you cover out-of-pocket costs, we will work diligently with your insurance provider to ensure you deserve the high level of care you need at a price you can afford.
Do I Need to See My General Dentist While Wearing Braces?
It’s essential that you continue attending appointments at your general dentist while in orthodontic treatment so that you maintain your great oral health. While our doctor and team are knowledgeable about every area of your mouth and jaw, dentists and orthodontists specialize in different areas of your oral health. They have to partner together to help you achieve your forever smile.