Getting Braces:

The Ultimate Guide on What to Expect

 

A crooked smile can cause a hit to anyone’s self-esteem- young or old. Regardless of how well you care for your teeth, a misaligned row of teeth can make you feel less than your best. That’s where braces come in!

Our orthodontists understand that getting braces can be a scary experience if you don’t know what to expect. That’s why we’ve made a list of things everyone should know about getting braces.

Braces are About More Than Just Straight Teeth

If you’re the type of person that isn’t overly bothered by a less than perfect smile, we applaud you! But did you know that braces are about a whole lot more than just straightening your teeth? There are in fact many other benefits that come with the brackets!

At your consultation for braces, your orthodontist will conduct an extensive examination of your teeth. During this time, your orthodontist will also ask you a variety of questions. This examination will help your orthodontist to get a better idea of your unique situation so they can formulate the best plan for you.

Common questions that your orthodontist may ask include things like whether or not you’ve experienced pain in your jawbone or if you’ve noticed any jagged, loose teeth. All of these questions should be answered thoughtfully as each of your answers help your orthodontist to get an in-depth view of your overall dental health. Braces aren’t just for cosmetic purposes- they can alleviate pain and promote better oral health too!

Braces Are For People of All Ages

Braces are commonly associated with teenagers but they’re for people of all ages! While most of us first notice problems with the structure of our teeth in our teen years, there’s never a time where you’re “too old” for braces. It’s becoming increasingly common for those in their adult years to seek corrective treatment so don’t hesitate to consult your local orthodontist.

It should be noted that while braces are an option at most any age, your teeth will have to be in strong enough condition to handle the corrective process. Flexible gum tissue is incredibly important as braces are a process of transformation and your teeth should be in good enough dental health to support these changes. This is why it’s important to take your consultation for braces seriously. Don’t worry, though! Your local orthodontist will be able to tell you if you’re a candidate for braces or not.

Cost and Treatment Time Can Vary

When it comes to braces, there is no one size fits all solution. Every mouth is different and this can mean a lot of variation in costs and treatment time. There are many different factors that affect the expected costs from patient to patient which can include things like the patient’s age, presence of any unique dental health concerns, and location.

 

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