At Stellar Smiles Ortho, we want to equip our patients with a happier and healthier smile so they can feel more confident as they face their day. For our teenage patients, braces may be the perfect appliance to help them achieve a stellar smile that boosts their self-esteem. Braces are a time-tested and patient-approved corrective treatment that has been creating beautiful results for years. Through the use of stainless steel brackets and sleek wires, braces will gradually shift your teeth into the perfect position for the smile you’ve always wanted.

How Long Will I Wear Braces?

Every treatment plan we create is carefully crafted to address your unique orthodontic needs and goals. When patients have more extensive issues that need treatment, they may have to stay in braces longer so we can make sure the problem is fixed for good. We understand that this treatment is an investment of both time and money, so we make sure we never cut corners on quality just to get patients through the process quicker. While every patient is different, most of our teens achieve their dream smiles within one to two years of getting their braces. For a more exact timeline, we suggest coming in for your free first consultation so our doctor can give you a better idea of what to expect.

What Foods Will I Have to Avoid When Getting Braces?

We don’t want anything to come in between you and your perfect smile, so it’s essential that you protect your treatment progress by avoiding certain foods. While you’re in braces, you should cut foods that are sticky, hard, or chewy out of your diet. These snacks can cause your brackets to break and can pull at your wires until they loosen or poke your soft tissue. If your appliance gets broken or doesn’t apply the right amount of pressure to your teeth, your teeth could shift back, and your treatment could be prolonged. We want you to have a smooth and easy braces experience, so make sure you avoid a few of these treats until you get your dream smile.

How Do I Care for My Teeth While Wearing Braces?

There may be a slight adjustment period while you get used to brushing and flossing around your braces, but after a while, you won’t even be able to notice. Take extra time while brushing your teeth to make sure there isn’t any food debris or harmful bacteria building behind wires and brackets. If you repeatedly miss these areas, it could lead to tooth decay or even tooth loss. To make the cleaning process easier, you can use a flosser to get around your braces and catch any crumbs that are hiding.

How Do I Protect My Mouth When Playing Sports With Braces?

Wearing braces doesn’t mean you have to give up playing any of the sports you love. As long as you wear a mouthguard that fits over braces, you can protect your treatment while scoring the game-winning goal. If something hits you in the face, a mouth guard will not only protect your braces from breaking but also your mouth from rubbing against the metal and irritating your soft tissue.

How Much Do Braces Cost?

The cost of braces varies depending on the patient and the extent of their orthodontic needs. If a patient’s problems are more complex, it may take longer for us to perfect their smile. While we believe braces are a worthwhile investment into a healthier smile with improved aesthetics, we understand that you may need help budgeting for this expense.

In order to make your treatment experience as stress-free as possible, we’ve created flexible financing plans to help your family budget for this amazing treatment. Along with these financing plans, we work hard to partner with your insurance providers to cover most of your out-of-pocket costs. Achieving a stellar smile shouldn’t break the bank, and our team is here to make every step of your journey an easy one.

Benefits of Braces

Braces have been popular among patients for years because of their consistently beautiful results as well as their durability against wear and tear. This stainless steel appliance is perfect for teenagers looking to achieve a better smile with a timeless treatment. Although this appliance has been around for generations, it has evolved with time to become more efficient and aesthetically pleasing. The braces we offer are a sleeker version of the much-loved traditional metal braces.

A common misconception about orthodontic treatment is that it is only useful for better aesthetics. While braces do create beautiful smiles that inspire confidence, they can also improve your oral health. When your teeth are overlapping or crooked, they can be more challenging to clean and become susceptible to plaque buildup. In addition, if your jaw is misaligned, you may experience pain or discomfort while biting or chewing. Braces can solve these issues and promote better oral and overall health. We know that a healthier smile is a happier one, and we are excited to start your journey to a stellar smile today.