Having crooked teeth straightened brings several benefits to patients who need it. A variety of braces are available for this purpose, and the results are permanent for patients of all ages. Here are some situations in which braces are a good option.
When Oral Health Problems Re-Occur
Many patients who have recurrent problems with cavities and gum disease are suffering from bite irregularities. This is because when teeth are crooked, they tend to harbor food particles and bacteria, and are more difficult to keep clean. After orthodontic treatment, patients in this situation may also save money on dental costs.
When Crooked Teeth Cause Discomfort
Teeth that do not fit together correctly often cause strain when patients bite down. Over time, this can result in TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder. The discomfort is most likely to occur when patients bite down, such as when they are chewing.
When the Smile Is Affected
Crooked teeth are known for ruining smiles. For many patients, this is the biggest reason they seek braces. The cosmetic effects of treatment can be phenomenal, allowing patients to feel more confident about their appearance. In fact, these effects place braces among the most beneficial cosmetic treatments for many patients.
With numerous benefits for the teeth and gums, tooth braces are a wise investment in many cases. Besides metal braces, our orthodontist at Antoine Dental Center offers several discreet options, including Invisalign. You can schedule a consultation with our dentist to find out which types of braces meet your needs.
Teeth can be straightened in more than one way thanks to modern orthodontics, and many patients can choose from multiple options. Treatments vary in terms of time, discretion, cost, and more. Here are some of the top choices in each of these categories of braces to help you decide which might be best for you.
Full and Short-Term Braces
Most types of braces take about one to two years to finish straightening teeth, and a majority of patients need this level of treatment. However, some newer treatments are designed for less intensive bite correction. Six-Month Braces and Invisalign Express both fall in this latter category.
If you feel that discreet braces would serve your goals better than fully visible ones, suitable options are available. Invisalign is an obvious choice on this list. Certain altered bracket-based treatments, such as ceramic braces and lingual braces, may also meet your needs.
Metal braces, the traditional orthodontic treatment, remain available and can be fantastic for saving money. These braces also offer other advantages, including eligibility for all ages and the ability to straighten a broader range of bite irregularities than many discreet braces can.
Advancements in orthodontics have made it possible for many patients to have their teeth straightened in a way that matches their interests. An exam can determine your candidacy, and a discussion with our braces dentist can clarify how your choices compare to one another. You can schedule a consultation with our orthodontist to learn more about orthodontics at our office.
Having teeth straightened can reduce lifetime dental costs by decreasing oral health risks. Before patients can enjoy the results of braces, however, they do face some level of investment. The investment size can vary with the individual, but a look at the relevant factors can give you an idea of what costs to expect.
How Crooked Are the Teeth?
Teeth that are more crooked tend to need more treatment. In addition to consuming more materials, the larger amount of treatment also requires more time at our office. This means that patients can often expect to pay more or less money for treatment depending on their bite irregularities.
What Treatment Do You Prefer?
Several treatments are used for straightening teeth today, and they can be quite different from each other in terms of construction and duration. The materials used to make some treatments, such as ceramic orthodontics or Invisalign, tend to be more costly than those used to make others, such as metal appliances. Moreover, some treatments require longer or more visits than others.
Are Extra Treatments Necessary?
Orthodontic treatment alone is not always all that is necessary for straight teeth. Some patients need extra appliances, restorative treatments, extractions, or other care in addition to orthodontic treatment.
To find out how much orthodontics will cost for you, an exam must be performed. At this visit, patients can also learn about all of their treatment options. You can schedule a consultation with our orthodontist at Antoine Dental Center to further explore the factors that affect costs.
Having teeth straightened requires a financial investment in addition to the time involved. How much treatment costs depends on what is being corrected, what type of treatment patients choose, and whether any additional steps are required. Here is a breakdown of these cost factors.
How Much Correction Is Required?
Orthodontic treatment always starts with an exam to identify the type and severity of bite irregularities. When more problems are present, treatment takes longer and requires more materials. As a result, treatment can be expected to cost more. On the other hand, short-term treatments tend to cost less.
What Treatment Is Chosen?
Different types of dental braces are available today. In addition to metal braces, patients may be able to receive other, more discreet options, such as lingual braces, ceramic braces, and Invisalign. The special materials and procedures involved in these other treatments can increase costs beyond those of metal braces.
Are Additional Steps Required?
Some patients need extra orthodontic appliances, dental procedures, or both as part of their orthodontic treatment plan. For example, a patient whose palate is narrow may need a palatal expander in addition to braces. Some patients may need fillings, extractions, or other procedures before orthodontic treatment starts.
Orthodontic care varies in price with the individual. Regardless of how much treatment costs, the savings that may be gained in terms of future dental treatment costs can easily justify the expense. Patients can schedule a consultation with our orthodontist at Antoine Dental Center to learn more about the costs associated with different orthodontic treatments.
Braces offer reliable tooth straightening for improved appearance, oral health, and comfort. To produce their effects, braces rely on the interaction between constant pressure and adaptable oral tissues. Here is an overview of this process.
Before the teeth can be straightened, their irregularities must be assessed and the resulting information must be used to design a customized plan. For patients who choose braces with brackets, the brackets are bonded to the teeth and threaded with wires, which are held in place by elastic bands. Patients who choose Invisalign get aligners, which are clear plastic trays worn over the teeth.
While aligners may seem different from the combination of brackets and wires, they work using similar principles. Both treatments move the teeth to their correct positions slowly by applying pressure on the ligaments and bone tissue that hold the teeth in place. Every few weeks from the start of treatment to the end, the wires are tightened or the aligners are replaced so that the teeth continue to move towards their ideal positions gradually.
The teeth start moving within days of starting orthodontic treatment. However, long-term changes take a few months to start arriving as the bone begins to remodel around the new tooth positions. After movement is complete, patients wear retainers for a specified period so that their changes are permanent.
This basic process is similar among patients of all ages and with different treatment needs. At a consultation with our braces dentist, you can find out what your own orthodontic treatment will involve.
Bite irregularities can differ in terms of how numerous and severe they are. Among these differences, treatment needs can vary similarly. More adults are seeking orthodontic correction today, so a look at prices for treatment in this age group can be worthwhile.
What Requires Correction?
Determining what bite irregularities are involved is a first step towards figuring the cost of treatment. While different types of braces do vary as far as what they can correct, most can address cases of overbite, underbite, crossbite, and overcrowding. Regardless of which braces are chosen, however, treatment can become more complex if more issues are present, resulting in a higher price overall. Within types of bite irregularities, increased severity can raise treatment costs by requiring longer treatment time.
Various Orthodontic Treatments
Basic dental braces, consisting of metal brackets and wires, are available to the widest range of adults, but other options may be possible as well based on needs and goals. Adults are more often choosing very discreet treatments, such as Invisalign, as well as ceramic or lingual braces, which are less visible than metal braces. Adults who only need very slight treatment may be eligible for short-term orthodontics, such as Invisalign Express and Six Month Braces.
It is difficult to estimate the cost of adult braces without an exam, but the overview here may give you an idea of what to expect. This investment can improve not only your smile but also your oral health and comfort. By scheduling a consultation with our orthodontist, you can learn more about our orthodontic options and find out which will work for you.
The cost of braces varies among patients. Several factors determine the price, and only an exam and discussion of options can illuminate the cost an individual can expect to pay. However, the following look at factors may help give you an idea of the expense involved.
What Type of Braces Do You Want?
You may be able to choose between different orthodontics, and these options may vary in cost. Generally, metal braces tend to be the most affordable type. More discreet treatments, such as ceramic and lingual braces, can cost a bit more. Invisalign, which straightens teeth with aligners rather than brackets and wires, also tends to be more expensive. You may also encounter increased costs if you need extra appliances, such as palatal expanders.
How Much Treatment Do You Need?
Regardless of the treatment you choose, the time it takes to straighten your teeth will vary based on your needs. For the most minimal correction, six-month braces or Invisalign Express may be possible. The most complex cases can take upwards of two years. With longer treatment time, patients need more materials and more time at orthodontic appointments, resulting in greater costs.
Another potential factor in orthodontic costs is the need for extractions or other restorations before treatment. No matter which option you choose, you can count on this investment saving you money on dental costs later, as your risks of cavities and gum disease will be reduced. You can contact our orthodontist to learn about all of the orthodontic treatments offered at our office.
While every patient may have different orthodontic needs, patients can generally expect a similar basic treatment process. Getting straight teeth begins with a consultation, proceeds to getting braces put on, and ends with retainer wear. More about this process is below.
Consultation Before Braces
Before getting braces, you will receive a consultation to determine your needs and outline your options. During this visit, our dentist will explain how your options compare to one another and how they match your goals. Metal braces, ceramic braces and Invisalign are a few examples of choices you may have.
Start Bite Correction
After your treatment needs are established and you have chosen a type of braces, you will return to start treatment. If you choose a treatment that uses brackets, you will have the brackets bonded to your teeth and the wires attached. If you go with Invisalign, our dentist will give you your first aligners and instruct you on their usage.
Visit Again Regularly
Regular visits during braces treatment enables our dentist to help your treatment go smoothly and make changes if necessary. After your treatment is finished, you will be given retainers to wear. These plastic trays fit the shape of your new smile and keep the teeth from moving back to their old positions.
Getting dental braces will make your smile look better while improving your oral health and comfort at the same time. To find out more about orthodontics at our office, you can contact our orthodontist and schedule a consultation.
Braces are worn for months or years depending on the patient, but they are placed in a single appointment. The process can vary slightly but remains similar among braces that use brackets and wires. Below, you can learn how braces are put on the teeth.
Cleaning and Polishing
For brackets to stay cemented to teeth, the teeth must first be cleaned and dried. Just like during routine cleanings, our dentist polishes the enamel with a special paste. A barrier is placed to keep the cheeks away from the teeth, ensuring that the teeth stay dry. Finally, air is used to dry the teeth completely. They are then ready to have brackets attached at this point.
Cementing Brackets in Place
Our braces dentist puts cementing paste on the backs of brackets and applies them to the right positions on the teeth. If there is any extra bonding cement, it is removed carefully. Next, the cement is cured with a light or chemical process depending on its type. The last step involves threading the brackets with the arch wires and securing them in place with rubber bands. When self-ligating braces are used, the rubber bands are unnecessary.
This appointment is only the first during orthodontic treatment. At regular intervals, patients come back to Antoine Dental Center to have their wires tightened. The last step involves getting retainers, which are made of clear plastic and are designed to further ensure that treatment results are permanent. At a consultation with our dentist, you can find out more about how your chosen type of braces is applied.
Many people associate braces with teenagers, and some might wonder what the age limit is for this orthodontic appliance. Age limits do exist, but they can vary with the treatment. Here is a look at some at basic limits to expect with different treatments.
No Upper Age Limit
Regardless of the type of braces, there is no limit on how old patients can be and still be candidates for braces. Whether braces are used during adolescence or after middle age, patients still gain similar improvements in appearance, comfort, and oral health. However, there are some mild differences between orthodontics during adolescence and during adulthood. Adults tend to need longer treatment time because their jaws have finished developing and are harder to mold. In some cases, longer retainer wear may also be necessary afterwards.
Lower Age Limits
In most cases, braces are used only after all baby teeth have been replaced by permanent teeth. This can vary, but the limit for boys is usually around twelve, and the limit for girls is often a year earlier. Invisalign has different age requirements. Whereas Invisalign Full is limited to adults and some older teens, Invisalign Teen is made specifically for adolescents and includes special features for these patients.
In addition to age limits, treatment needs and other factors may affect candidacy for different types of braces. An exam is necessary to confirm eligibility for specific options and determine if any other appliances are required for the desired results. At a consultation with our braces dentist, you can find out about age limits and requirements for the braces that interest you.