How Long Will I Wear Braces?
The price of braces varies depending on how long you spend in your appliance and the extent of your orthodontic needs. Your treatment may be longer if you have more extensive issues that take time to correct and perfect. We never want to rush through treatment at the expense of a beautiful smile that lasts, so we will always take the time to make sure you get the smile of your dreams.
While every patient and treatment plan is unique, most people get their braces off after about one to two years. For a more exact timeline, schedule your free consultation today, and our doctor will help you better understand your treatment options.
What Foods Will I Have to Avoid When Getting Braces?
We know that you want to achieve the best smile possible in a timely manner, so it’s essential you avoid certain foods while you’re in braces. Foods that are sticky, hard, or chewy may lengthen your treatment by pulling at your wires and breaking your brackets. By sticking to soft and easy-to-chew foods, you can protect your treatment progress and keep your appliance in perfect condition. Once you achieve a stellar smile and get your braces off, you can enjoy all of your favorite treats without worrying about messing with your forever smile.
How Do I Care for My Teeth While Wearing Braces?
While you’re in braces, it’s important that you maintain your great oral health by keeping up with your dental hygiene routine. We know it takes some time to get used to brushing around your appliance, so we suggest giving yourself extra time while brushing and flossing to make sure you catch any food debris or bacteria hiding behind your wires. If bacteria and plaque begin to build up, it could potentially lead to tooth decay or even tooth loss. By keeping your teeth clean, you can protect your treatment progress and ensure your teeth are shining and healthy when it’s time for your braces to come off.
How Do I Protect My Mouth When Playing Sports with Braces?
The best way to protect your braces while playing sports is to wear a braces mouthguard. This mouth guard will act as a cushion between your braces and mouth so that anything that hits your face won’t harm your appliance. It will also protect your soft tissue from being irritated by the metal brackets and wires if something hits your mouth. Working toward a stellar smile doesn’t mean you have to give up the sports you love, and you can still hit home runs or score the winning goal while your teeth are being straightened.
How Much Do Braces Cost?
The cost of braces depends on a variety of factors, such as the patient’s orthodontic needs and goals. If a patient has more complex issues, it may take longer for us to address these problem areas with treatment. We engineer treatment plans that are unique to each patient and will deliver their dream smile, so each timeline looks a little different. That being said, many of our patients in braces treatment get their appliance removed within one to two years. For a more realistic estimate, you can visit our office for your free first consultation. You will also get the opportunity to meet Dr. J and learn more about the treatment options that can work for your lifestyle.
Benefits of Braces
Braces have stood the test of time because they have reliably created generations of stellar smiles. From small orthodontic issues to more complex problems, metal braces are able to straighten teeth and realign jaws so you can achieve your dream results and enjoy a fully functioning smile. Through the use of stainless steel brackets and wires, consistent pressure is applied to your teeth to gradually shift them in the perfect place for long-lasting function and beauty.
Over the years, this appliance has been refined to make it even more effective and sleeker in design. Now, not only is it durable, but it is also aesthetically pleasing. Patients love that braces help them achieve the smile they’ve always wanted in a short amount of time. Braces are highly praised for their ability to solve a variety of orthodontic issues and allowing for patients to chew, speak, and bite easier. These smile improvements make patients more confident and improve their self-esteem as they look in the mirror and see a smile they love.