I Need Braces. What are my Options?

Familia Dental is here for you; to provide information about orthodontic options, dental care, and to help mitigate braces nerves.  It can help to learn more about braces, which are only put in place to straighten your teeth and make your smile even more beautiful.

Braces:

Some people can’t wait to get them and pick out the colors; others are really concerned about how they will look or feel.

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So, what are the options?

Metal braces / Traditional braces

These are what most people picture when they hear the word "braces." Modern brackets are smaller and less noticeable than the huge brackets from 20-30 years ago.

Pros: Least expensive type; colored bands let you express yourself!

Cons: Most noticeable type of braces

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as metal brackets, except that they have brackets that are neutral-colored to blend in to teeth.

Pros: Less noticeable than metal braces; move teeth faster than Invisalign

Cons: More expensive than metal braces; tooth colored brackets can stain easily if patients don’t care for them well (drinking a lot of red juice, soda, wine, coffee, etc). 

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are the same as metal braces, except that the brackets and wires are placed on the behind teeth.

Pros: Invisible from outside

Cons: Difficult to clean; more expensive; not effective for certain severe cases of crooked teeth; can be more irritating at first; regular adjustments take longer and are more difficult than the traditional outside brackets. 

Invisalign

Invisalign consists of a series of 18 to 30 custom-made, mouth guard-like clear plastic trays. The tray aligners are removable and are replaced every 2 weeks.

Pros: Almost invisible; Patients can eat and drink almost whatever they want

Cons: Will not work for serious dental misalignment; they're only available for adults and teens; it is a more expensive option; the trays can be easily lost and costly to replace; and the treatment may take longer. You probably have to have the trays in your mouth for at least 22 hours per day. 

Most traditional orthodontic treatments cost approximately $5000. The ceramic, lingual, and Invisalign options are more expensive.
Familia Dental offers free orthodontic consultations, and braces starting at $3900 for both kids and adults, with an option for easy payment plans. 
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Once a person has the braces bonded onto their teeth, they can expect some mild sensitivity and soreness. The new braces can cause sores or irritation initially. Eating soft foods can help, and in the few days following the bonding, one can take an over-the-counter pain medication as needed. If experiencing high levels of discomfort, or pain that won't go away with ibuprofen or acetaminophen, then call the orthodontist for a second opinion. Sensitivity normally lessens within a week.

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Every orthodontist will talk about proper braces care. All patients should ask as many questions as they need to understand the process, and for peace of mind. People with braces need to brush regularly, floss with orthodontic flossers, and can use a Waterpik to flush out the food particles that can get caught between braces and teeth. Avoiding sticky foods is also very important.

With proper care, regular checkups and adjustments, everyone can keep their teeth healthy while braces are in place.

It can be nerve-wracking to commit to braces, but they only exist to improve oral health and to increase self-esteem by making smiles more beautiful. Asking plenty of questions and maintaining oral hygiene before, during, and after braces will go a long way toward improving the braces experience.

Keeping all these facts and figures in mind, it is best to go with what the professionals recommend and what the patient thinks is best for them and their lifestyle. Kids and adults can book an appointment for a no commitment, completely free consult here. 

 

References:

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