• Braces align teeth, improving dental health
  • They correct bites, enhancing function
  • Braces prevent dental damage
  • They alleviate jaw pain and headaches
  • Braces boost self-confidence with a straight smile
  • Aligned teeth enhance facial aesthetics
  • Costs vary widely case by case starting from as low as $4900 and up to $9900

What are orthodontic braces?

Orthodontic braces are small dental devices used to straighten and align teeth, correct bite issues, and improve overall dental health and aesthetics. They consist of brackets, wires, and sometimes additional components like bands and elastics.  Braces are typically made of metal or ceramic brackets that are bonded to the front surface of each tooth using a dental adhesive. The brackets serve as anchors for the wires, which are threaded through them. The wires apply gentle pressure to the teeth, gradually moving them into their desired positions over time.

Orthodontic braces work by exerting consistent pressure on the teeth, causing them to shift gradually. The orthodontic dentist periodically adjusts the wires and may also make changes to the brackets to ensure progress towards the desired tooth alignment.  Depending on the individual's needs, orthodontic treatment with braces can take several months to a few years. Regular follow-up visits are necessary to monitor progress and make necessary adjustments.

Braces verse clear aligners

The choice between braces and clear aligners depends on individual preferences and orthodontic needs. Braces can handle a wide range of dental issues and offer precise control over tooth movement. They are fixed appliances, ensuring compliance and eliminating the risk of misplacement. Regular orthodontic visits allow for close monitoring of treatment progress and adjustments as needed.

Clear aligners like Invisalign provide aesthetic benefits, removability, and easier oral hygiene maintenance. Ultimately, the decision should be made in consultation with an orthodontic dentist, considering the specific needs and goals of the individual.

Do orthodontic braces hurt?

It is common for patients to experience some discomfort or soreness when they first get braces or after adjustments. The placement of braces involves attaching brackets to the teeth and connecting them with wires, which applies gentle pressure to gradually move the teeth. This pressure can cause temporary discomfort, especially in the first few days or after adjustments when the teeth are adapting to the new forces. However, the level of pain or discomfort varies from person to person.

The discomfort from braces is often described as a dull ache or soreness, similar to a feeling of pressure. It can be alleviated by over-the-counter pain relievers, using orthodontic wax to cover any irritating areas, and eating softer foods during the initial adjustment period. As the teeth begin to shift and the mouth adjusts, the discomfort usually subsides. Our team will provide guidance on managing any pain or discomfort associated with braces. It's important to remember that any discomfort experienced with braces is temporary and part of the process of achieving a straighter, healthier smile. The long-term benefits of braces outweigh the temporary discomfort, and most patients find that the results are well worth it.

What happens after braces?

After getting your braces off, there are important steps to ensure the lasting success of your newly aligned smile. We will provide you with retainers, clear custom-made appliances that help maintain the new position of your teeth. Wearing clear retainers as directed is crucial to prevent teeth from shifting back.

Additionally, maintaining good oral hygiene is vital. Brush your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day, floss daily, and use any recommended oral hygiene tools. Regular follow-up appointments with our team will allow us to monitor the stability of your teeth and make any necessary adjustments.

It's important to be mindful of your diet and eating habits as well. While you no longer have braces, certain hard, sticky, or chewy foods can still pose risks. Embrace and enjoy your new smile, and continue regular dental check-ups to ensure long-term oral health. By following these guidelines, you can preserve the results of your orthodontic treatment and enjoy the confidence that comes with a straighter, healthier smile.

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We offer a wider range of interest-free payment options to suit any budget and we offer free check-ups and cleans for teen orthodontic patients*. Individual service costs may vary. Costs can be found on our Services pages.


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How long does orthodontic treatment with braces typically take?

The duration of orthodontic treatment with braces varies depending on the individual's specific case. On average, treatment can last anywhere from 1 to 3 years, but this can be shorter or longer depending on the complexity of the alignment issues.

Are there alternatives to traditional metal braces?

Yes, there are alternatives to traditional metal braces. Some popular options include ceramic braces, which blend in with the teeth and are less noticeable, and clear aligners, such as Invisalign, which are removable and virtually invisible when worn.

What are the potential risks or side effects of wearing braces?

While braces are generally safe and well-tolerated, there can be some temporary side effects. These may include mild discomfort or soreness, especially after adjustments, and occasional mouth sores or irritation. We will provide guidance on how to manage any discomfort or side effects that may arise.

Can adults benefit from orthodontic treatment with braces?

Absolutely! Orthodontic treatment is not limited to children and teenagers. Adults can also benefit from braces and achieve straighter teeth and improved oral health. In fact, there are options available that are specifically designed for adult patients.

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

The frequency of orthodontic visits for adjustments during braces treatment can vary. Generally, appointments are scheduled every 4 to 8 weeks. During these visits, we will assess the progress, make necessary adjustments, and address any concerns or questions you may have.

Are there any dietary restrictions or special care instructions while wearing braces?

While wearing braces, it is important to avoid certain foods that can damage the brackets or wires, such as sticky candies, hard nuts, or chewy foods. Cut fruits and vegetables into smaller, bite-sized pieces. Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial, including regular brushing and flossing, and using special orthodontic tools to clean between braces.