Braces can correct crooked and crowded teeth, a misaligned bite, and jaw problems. Braces also eliminate problems you may have with eating, speaking properly, or with keeping your teeth clean. With advancements in dental technology, traditional braces are now sleeker, smaller, and more comfortable.
Traditional braces consist of standard metal brackets that are placed on your teeth with an adhesive and connected by wire. They require periodic tightening so steady pressure can gradually straighten your teeth and align your jaw. While metal braces brackets are still the most common, there are various other treatment options available. Read below to learn more about traditional braces and how you can customize them to fit your lifestyle.
Dental Associates offers several clear braces options that are less noticeable than traditional metal braces but will still straighten your teeth. Clear braces differ from metal braces because of the material they are made with.
Ceramic braces: Ceramic braces are made of composite materials. They come in varying levels of transparency so you can have ceramic braces that mimic the color of your natural teeth.
Lingual braces: Lingual braces are metal braces, so although they’re not invisible, they attach to the back of your teeth versus the front and are much less noticeable. Please note: Not every Dental Associates location offers lingual braces. If you’re interested in lingual braces, please contact your local clinic before requesting a consultation to assure they provide this treatment option.
Invisalign: Invisible braces, more commonly referred to as Invisalign clear aligners, are a set of clear, removable trays that are custom fitted to your teeth. You wear them for 20-22 hours a day and change your set as your teeth shift. Your orthodontist will evaluate your specific case to see if Invisalign is right for you. Some, but not all, bite discrepancies can be treated with Invisalign. Learn more about Invisalign clear braces.
Your Dental Associates orthodontist will discuss whether traditional braces or clear braces work best for you. Though clear braces are more aesthetically pleasing than metal braces, clear braces material is a bit more fragile. Because of this, your orthodontist may make more gradual adjustments and you may need to wear them longer. Clear braces require meticulous oral hygiene to remove any stains that may accumulate from coffee, tea, dark wines, or smoking. They can also cost a bit more than traditional metal braces.
Braces for Adults
Braces aren’t just for kids! With a Dental Associates orthodontist working closely with your general dentist, you can get your smile straightened out no matter your age. Learn more about braces for adults.
Braces with Colored Bands
Straighten your teeth in style by adding colored bands to your traditional metal braces! You can show team spirit or celebrate a holiday with colored bands of your choosing. Learn more about braces with colored bands.
How Long Does a Person Wear Braces?
How long you need to wear braces depends on your individual case, but most people wear braces from one to three years. After that, you’ll wear a retainer to make sure your teeth are held in the positions to which they’ve moved.
How to Care for Braces
Throughout the course of wearing braces, you’ll need to take care of them. That means eating well and avoiding foods that are hard, crunchy and sugary. Eating too many sugary foods with braces can lead to plaque build-up around your brackets, and that could permanently stain or damage your teeth. Learn more about foods to avoid with braces and how to brush teeth with braces.
Emergency Care for Braces
When a wire, bracket, or band gets loose or comes off, most of the time it’s not an orthodontic emergency. Though it may be uncomfortable, it can most likely be taken care of with a follow up visit to your Dental Associates orthodontist. Learn more about orthodontic emergency care.
Request an Orthodontist Consultation
If you’re ready to get started with braces and straightening your smile, then request a consultation today!
How to Pay for Braces Treatment
We have several options that help you reduce the cost of braces. For example, in addition to dental insurance, did you know you can pay for braces with your Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA)? Read How to Pay for Braces to learn how we can help you!