At Just Orthodontics, we understand that starting any treatment is a big step, and we want you to feel well informed on all your options. We have the answers to all of your questions about braces so that you never have to wonder if it’s the right choice for you. Braces are a tried and true orthodontic appliance that has been perfected over the centuries to get you the results you want in a time frame that works for your lifestyle. The Just team is highly trained in this area and is ready to help you get outfitted with an appliance that won’t only straighten your smile for pictures but improve your overall oral health.
Are There Any Alternatives to Metal Braces?
In addition to the traditional metal braces, Just Orthodontics also offers clear braces for patients looking for a more discreet treatment method but still like braces’ efficiency. Clear braces are made of ceramic and designed to help you show off your smile without the look of metal brackets.
What’s the Best Age to Get Braces?
People of all ages can be great candidates for braces! As long as your mouth is healthy, we can get you outfitted with an appliance that can improve not only your smile but your confidence. That being said, it can be beneficial to catch certain problems while the mouth is still developing. This allows us to make adjustments to the teeth while they are still growing and account for any overcrowding or misalignment that may occur down the road. However, many older teenagers and adults seek out orthodontic treatment because of problems they’ve had since childhood or issues that have developed since. As we said, orthodontics exists not only to deliver beautiful aesthetics but also to improve oral health. Braces are very effective for any patient’s age, and we believe it is never too late to get a smile you’re proud to wear.
How Long Do People Have to Wear Braces?
Treatment length in braces is heavily dependent on the severity of the issues being treated. Every patient is different because there is no one-size-fits-all orthodontic treatment experience. The more problems that need addressing, the more time we will need to make all necessary adjustments. That being said, many patients wear their braces for about one to two years. We won’t keep you in braces for a minute longer than we believe necessary, but we want to make sure your new smile isn’t rushed. We take our time to do quality work that results in a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime.
Are Braces Really Necessary?
A common misconception is that braces are purely a cosmetic option. While braces deliver amazing aesthetics, they also improve your oral health. It is easier to clean straight teeth, which helps you defend yourself against pesky bacterial infections such as gingivitis. Braces are also used to correct misaligned bites, which can cure the jaw pain that occurs when chewing because of structural issues. Your mouth operates best when your teeth are in the correct position, so a glowing smile isn’t the only thing you gain from straighter teeth and a correct bite.
Do Braces Hurt?
There is some initial discomfort that often accompanies braces whenever they are installed. This is to be expected when metal brackets and wires are placed in your mouth to shift teeth. Any pain you may feel is typically very manageable, and we suggest any over-the-counter pain medicine or braces wax to help counteract the discomfort.
How Much Do Braces Cost?
The braces price varies from patient to patient and depends on the time spent in treatment and the severity of the issues being treated. Although braces have the potential to cost more the longer you need to wear them, our team works hard to partner with your insurance provider and provide flexible financing plans to combat any out-of-pocket costs. Braces are an investment in the quality of life, and while we may seem biased, we believe that your confidence and oral health are worth the price.
Do I Need to See My General Dentist While Wearing Braces?
Yes! Orthodontists and general dentists focus on different aspects of your oral health. You must keep your mouth healthy while in braces so that your treatment isn’t prolonged by any problems that could be easily avoided. This means you still need to visit your dentist for general checkups and cleanings even while you have appointments with us.