Though some people get braces simply to make their smile look great, having straight teeth offers many health benefits. Straight teeth are easier to clean than crooked teeth, reducing plaque and the chances of tooth decay and periodontal disease. Properly aligned teeth and jaws also open airways, helping you breathe more easily. And, for jaw pain or pain when chewing, braces treat the underlying causes of the pain by correcting structural problems.
We treat children, teens and adults of all ages. It’s recommended children visit the orthodontist for an initial exam by age 7, when their permanent teeth are coming in and alignment problems start showing.
Although the majority of orthodontic patients are adolescents, braces are effective at any age. Many adults choose to align their teeth. Maybe braces weren’t affordable at a young age, or maybe teeth have shifted. Whether for cosmetic purposes or necessary to prevent long-term damage, using braces to straighten and align teeth may reduce the chance of other health problems and provide a healthy boost of self-confidence.
That will be determined at your first visit, and will vary from patient to patient. There are three main types of braces: traditional metal braces, ceramic (clear) braces and clear Invisalign® aligners.
When they are first put on and shortly after tightening at each visit, braces can make your mouth a little sore. But it’s short-lived. After a few months, you’ll likely not notice that the braces are even there.
This depends on the severity of the problem, method of treatment required, amount of adjustment needed and the patient’s age. Most treatment plans require braces to be worn for one to two years. By maintaining good oral health, avoiding damaging foods and making all follow-up appointments as scheduled, the treatment may go faster and the time you have to wear braces may be reduced.
No, you do not need a referral to be seen in our office. Dentists may notice problems with teeth alignment or other issues in which they typically refer to an orthodontist, but a referral is not necessary.
The cost of treatment plans can vary from one person to the next, depending on the treatment required. Many dental plans cover part of the cost, and we can set up convenient payment plans. As part of your initial visit, we’ll explain the entire cost of your personal treatment.