We know that you have many questions while considering braces treatment, and we want to give you all the information you need to make an informed decision about your oral health. We’ve collected some of the most frequently asked questions and given our answers so that you can have a better grasp on the corrective treatment and how it may affect your lifestyle.
Are There Any Alternatives to Braces?
In addition to braces, we are also one of the top providers of Invisalign®. Invisalign® is a treatment that consists of a series of clear aligners that fit snugly over your teeth and adjust their placement over time until you reach your desired results. This treatment is becoming increasingly popular because the aligners are almost invisible and allow wearers unlimited freedom during the process. If you are interested in learning more about this treatment, our team would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
What’s the Best Age to Get Braces?
As long as you are a candidate, there is no limit to what age you should get braces. Children and adults alike can benefit from the consistently beautiful results that braces provide. While it can be easier and quicker to make adjustments to a child or teen’s mouth because their mouths are still growing, we are excited to deliver our expert care to our adult patients and help them achieve the smile of their dreams.
How Long Do People Have to Wear Braces?
Each of our patients enjoys a complete treatment plan that has been built around their orthodontic needs and goals. This personalization means that it is impossible to give a one-size-fits-all treatment length for every patient. Your time spent in braces is an investment into a better smile that will benefit you for years to come, and you don’t want to rush your treatment at the expense of quality care.
If you have more extensive orthodontic needs that require a lot of attention and adjustments, you will most likely spend a longer amount of time wearing braces. Many of our patients get their braces off within one to two years and enjoy a beautiful smile for years to come.
Are Braces Really Necessary?
Braces are often mislabeled as a luxury treatment when they are really a function of oral healthcare. While this corrective treatment does create dazzling, straight smiles, it also produces improved oral health that will contribute to your body’s overall health. Orthodontic issues such as overcrowded teeth and misaligned bites can affect your ability to chew, speak, and clean your mouth effectively. Braces are great at fixing these issues so that you can enjoy the full function of your teeth and improve your overall health.
Do Braces Hurt?
While there may be some initial discomfort when you get your braces put on, this quickly fades and is almost imperceptible after a few weeks. You may notice slight irritation as your mouth gets used to the new metal appliance, but this adjustment period is typically short. To help combat any uncomfortable poking or rubbing, you can put braces wax on your braces to act as a barrier between the appliance and your mouth’s soft tissue. The shifting of your teeth may also cause some discomfort, but this pain is mild and can be cured by any over-the-counter pain medication.
How Much Do Braces Cost?
The price of braces varies depending on the patient and the complexity of the case based on their needs and goals. Braces are an investment. We want to help make this an easy investment for your family by offering flexible financing plans and working with your insurance provider to cover out-of-pocket costs.
How Long Will I Have to Wear Braces?
We work diligently so that your treatment will be as quick and efficient as possible, but we don’t want to rush your dream results in favor of getting your braces off too soon. The time you spend in braces will vary depending on the extent of your orthodontic needs, but most of our patients stay in treatment for between one to two years.
To get a more realistic time frame for your treatment plan, we suggest you schedule your complimentary first appointment where you will have a comprehensive exam performed by Dr. Romani.
Do I Need to See My General Dentist While Wearing Braces?
It is essential that you continue visiting your general dentist for regularly scheduled check-ups and cleanings. While Dr. Romani her team members are knowledgeable on all areas of your oral health, we specialize in a certain aspect of your mouth and jaw that doesn’t include general dentistry. We work in partnership with your dentist to help you achieve a beautiful and healthy smile that will last a lifetime.