It’s never too late to get the smile you’ve always wanted. 

At the Art of Dentistry, we provide personalized orthodontic treatment in our office, so you don’t have to be referred to another location. Regardless of your age, straightening your teeth can be life-changing resulting in a bigger smile, improved functionality, and better self-confidence.

Benefits of Braces

  • Braces help improve overall oral health
    When teeth overlap, it can cause tight spaces which are generally harder to brush and floss therefore causing buildup and decay
  • Braces aid digestion
    Food needs to be partially digested before entering your stomach. Your teeth play an important role by chewing food into smaller pieces. If your teeth are misaligned, it can be difficult to chew, resulting in larger pieces entering your stomach and taking longer to digest
  • Braces can help to improve speech
    Crowded, misaligned teeth can have an impat of they way we speak. Braces help realign the teeth to allow for more room for your tongue to easily move, reducing the slurring of words
  • Braces work quickly and are affordable

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does braces treatment typically last?

The duration of braces treatment can vary depending on the individual’s specific orthodontic needs and the complexity of the dental issues being addressed. On average, braces treatment typically lasts between 18 to 24 months.

During the treatment, braces apply gentle and continuous pressure on the teeth, gradually moving them into their desired positions. The process of teeth movement is gradual and takes time to achieve the optimal results.

For some patients with milder orthodontic issues, the treatment duration may be shorter, and they may see significant improvements within a year. In more complex cases or when dealing with significant misalignment, the treatment may take longer to achieve the desired alignment.

How often do I need to visit the orthodontist during treatment?

During braces treatment, regular visits to the orthodontist are essential to monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments. On average, patients are typically scheduled for check-up appointments every 4 to 6 weeks.

The frequency of these appointments may vary based on your specific treatment plan and how your teeth are responding to the braces. In some cases, the orthodontist may schedule more frequent visits, especially during the initial stages of treatment, to ensure that the braces are properly adjusted and progressing as planned.

During each visit, the orthodontist will examine your teeth, assess how they are moving, and make any necessary adjustments to the braces to continue guiding the teeth into their desired positions. These adjustments involve tightening or changing the wires and may be accompanied by the placement of new or different components.

Are there any dietary restrictions when wearing braces?

During braces treatment, it’s essential to be mindful of dietary restrictions to prevent damage to the braces and maintain good oral health. Avoid sticky, chewy, and hard foods that can get caught in the braces or cause them to break. Steer clear of items like chewing gum, caramels, hard candies, popcorn, and nuts. Instead, opt for soft and nutritious foods like yogurt, mashed potatoes, pasta, and soups. Cut hard fruits and vegetables into small pieces and avoid biting into corn on the cob. Minimize sugary foods and drinks to prevent cavities. Also, refrain from chewing on hard objects like ice or pencils. Staying hydrated with water helps wash away food particles. Adhering to these guidelines will ensure your braces stay intact, reduce discomfort, and contribute to a successful orthodontic treatment. If any part of your braces is damaged or you have dietary concerns, consult your orthodontist promptly.

Can I use braces if I have gum issues or bite abnormalities?

Gum Issues:

If you have gum issues such as gum disease (periodontal disease), it is crucial to address these problems before starting orthodontic treatment. Braces can potentially exacerbate gum issues if they are not properly managed before treatment begins. Your orthodontist may collaborate with a periodontist or gum specialist to ensure your gum health is optimized before proceeding with braces.

Bite Abnormalities:

Braces are commonly used to correct various types of bite abnormalities, such as overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite. However, the treatment approach may vary depending on the specific bite issue and its severity. In some cases, additional orthodontic appliances or treatments may be combined with braces to achieve the best results.

During your consultation with an orthodontist, they will thoroughly evaluate your oral health, including the condition of your gums and the nature of your bite abnormality. Based on this assessment, they will recommend the most appropriate treatment plan, which may involve braces or alternative orthodontic options.

How much do braces cost?

The cost of braces can vary depending on several factors, including the type of braces, the complexity of the orthodontic case, the location of the dental or orthodontic practice, and the experience of the orthodontist.

On average, traditional metal braces typically cost between $3,000 to $7,000 in the United States. Ceramic braces, which are less noticeable than metal braces, may cost slightly more, ranging from $4,000 to $8,000. Lingual braces, which are placed on the backside of the teeth, can be even more expensive, ranging from $8,000 to $10,000 or more.

Keep in mind that these cost estimates are general averages and can vary significantly depending on individual factors. Some dental insurance plans may provide coverage for orthodontic treatment, reducing the out-of-pocket cost for patients.

What are the chances of teeth relapse after braces are removed?

The chances of teeth relapse after braces are removed vary from person to person. Several factors influence relapse, including the retention phase, individual biology, orthodontic treatment type, age, retention compliance, and oral habits. Orthodontists provide retainers after braces to maintain the new tooth positions while the surrounding tissues stabilize. Proper retainer wear is crucial to prevent relapse. Younger patients may experience more facial growth changes, affecting stability. Regular follow-up appointments and good oral habits contribute to long-term results. While some natural shifting may occur, a well-managed retention plan and orthodontist’s guidance can minimize significant relapse risks. Discuss your concerns with your orthodontist to develop a personalized retention strategy for lasting, beautiful results.

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