Traditional braces offer Dousman patients the option for straighter teeth and a more confident smile. While most patients get braces between the ages of 10 and 14, there is no age limit for braces. As long as you have strong and healthy teeth a straighter smile is always an option.
Common Reasons for Braces
Braces are administered by an orthodontist, a doctor who is part of a specialized field within dentistry that focuses on correcting bites and straightening teeth. While most people request braces for cosmetic reasons there are dental issues that can be fixed with braces treatment, including:
- Class II bites
- Under bites
- Spacing issues
- Open bites
- Impacted Teeth
Orthodontic work is highly personalized to each patient which means the average time for braces falls anywhere between 18 months to 3 years. Schedule an orthodontic consultation to learn if traditional braces are the right treatment for you.
Caring for Braces
- Brushing – food particles can easily become trapped between braces
- Rinsing – loosen foods stuck in and around your braces
- Flossing – between braces and under wires with waxed floss
Caring for your braces is vital to ensure they work. Broken braces can hurt your mouth and be expensive to repair. Even worse, any major breaks will slow down the straightening process. You might have to wear your braces longer if you don’t take care of them. A very bad break may require emergency dental treatment to repair.
Foods to Avoid with Braces
Eating the wrong foods with braces in can lead to damage and costly repairs. Our experienced dentists and orthodontists recommend avoiding the following foods while going through braces treatment:
- Sticky and chewy foods: dried fruits, caramel, taffy, corn on the cob and chewing gum
- Hard foods: nuts, ice, popcorn, beef jerky, ray apples and carrots
These types of foods can break the wires and loosen brackets, damaging your braces. Avoid these few foods for the duration of your braces is a small price to pay for a beautiful smile.
What are the different types of braces and what do they cost?
The cost of braces ranges greatly, from $3,000 - $10,000 on average. The cost depends on what type of braces you choose, as well as the specific needs of your orthodontic treatment.
The most common types of braces and the typical national price rages are:
Metal Braces (Regular Braces) $3,000 - $7,000
Ceramic Braces (Clear Braces) $4,000 - $8,000
Lingual Braces $8,000 - $12,000
Invisalign $4,000 - $8,000
At what age should my child get braces?
Kids can really get braces at just about any age. There are advantages to getting braces younger, as children are usually less insecure about their appearance than teenagers. Getting the issue taken care of earlier might make adolescence less bothersome. On the contrary, getting braces too soon might allow time for the teeth to move back to their original position if the child doesn't stick to prescribed aftercare, such as wearing a retainer. Likewise, kids might not follow instructions as well, such as wearing rubber bands or avoiding certain foods, which can cause orthodontic treatment to last longer. The best age to get braces depends on the individual kid and their teeth.
How long will I need braces?
At a minimum, the average person will need to wear braces for 12 months for simple cases. Full orthodontic treatment includes aftercare following the removal of braces, which can last an additional 12 months or longer. For more complicated cases, braces might be worn for as many as 3 years.
Are orthodontic braces painful?
Most patients experience mild discomfort for a few days after braces are first put on. Having braces in your mouth takes some getting used to, and the regular adjustments can also cause some discomfort. After all, they are moving your teeth! The pain is very mild, and numbing gels can often help after an adjustment. Doubtful that anyone who ever had braces has said, "That was so painful it wasn't worth it!" Sure, people are happy to have their mouths free of metal again after the treatment period, but they also love their new smiles!