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Orthodontic treatment via the use of braces is a popular treatment method for crooked, uneven or crowded teeth. The devices used for this treatment are commonly made out of metal or ceramic and work to push the teeth into a straighter position.
If you’re displeased with the alignment of your teeth, then it may be time to speak to a dentist or orthodontist about your concerns. To learn about some of the basics of orthodontic treatment, continue reading our helpful guide. It may help you to decide to make the next steps in pursuing treatment for your misaligned teeth.
Can My Dentist Put My Braces On?
Your first step to getting braces in Norcross is to discuss your orthodontic concerns with your dentist. This is an important medical and financial decision that you should not make on your own. If you do not currently have a dentist that you can trust to provide you with efficient, affordable and high-quality orthodontic treatment, contact our office. Our staff is proud to offer you customized treatment plans that will be completed in as short a time as possible, saving you money while getting your orthodontic health back on track.
How Do You Get Braces Put On?
The procedure for having your braces put on is exactly the same regardless if you choose a metal or ceramic device. The first thing that will happen is that your dentist or orthodontist will professionally clean your teeth. After the teeth have been cleaned, they will be dried thoroughly. Once the drying process is complete, bonding glue will be applied to the surface of your teeth. Bonding glue is an unpleasant tasting, yet harmless, substance. The step following the application of the bonding glue is the attachment of brackets. Finally, your dentist will attach the archwires into the brackets, securing them firmly in place with elastic bands.
What Are the Different Kinds of Braces?
While traditional metal braces consisting of metal wires and brackets are probably what you have in mind when thinking about orthodontic treatment, there are is an array of different options available for you to choose from. Ceramic braces comprised of white or clear ceramic wires and brackets are a popular choice because they match the color of your teeth and aren’t as visibly noticeable as metal devices are. Invisible braces are another popular choice. These discreet trays are made out of clear plastic that gradually adjust your teeth into the alignment you desire. They can be removed when you eat and drink, meaning you won’t have to give up your favorite foods while undergoing orthodontic treatment.
How Much Will I Have to Pay for My Braces?
Many of our patients are understandably concerned about the cost of orthodontic treatment. You are not alone if you are asking yourself, “How much do braces cost?” After you have had your consultation with our dentist, we will provide you with an estimate of your cost. The overall total of your bill will be based on your location, the treatment method you choose, the complexity of your alignment issues and your dental insurance plan. The best way of knowing what exactly your insurance plan covers is to contact your dental insurance provider directly. If you still have concerns as to how you will afford your orthodontic treatment, talk to our staff about our payment plans and flexible payment options. We believe in helping you to receive high-quality orthodontic care that you can afford.
How Long Is the Process for Getting Braces?
The entire procedure to get your braces placed lasts anywhere between one and two hours. While you may experience some soreness and mild pain in your mouth after your procedure, you should be able to manage it with over-the-counter pain relievers. The soreness should go away in about a week’s time. If the pain persists for longer than a week, becomes severe or becomes unmanageable via the use of over-the-counter medications, then you should call our staff as soon as possible. You can also expect to feel a bit of soreness whenever you go in to have your brackets and wires adjusted. You can expect the entire treatment process to take a period of one to two years.
Should I Wear a Retainer After Braces?
Once you have completed treatment and your teeth have been pushed into the proper alignment, you will be able to have your braces taken off. Most dentists will be able to take your wires and brackets off in about an hour. After this has happened, your dentist or orthodontist may require you to wear a retainer for several years after you have received orthodontic treatment. Retainers are custom-made devices that are worn in the mouth while you sleep at night. They prevent the teeth from moving around and can help to protect the progress that you made with your orthodontic treatment.
To make your appointment with an experienced braces dentist, contact our office today.