What alternatives are there to metal braces?
Orthodontics, commonly called braces, can be made of metal, ceramic or plastic. They may be removable or may be brackets bonded to the teeth. Invisalign is the most well-known removable 3D-printed plastic aligners and can be a treatment option. Our dental team can assess your teeth to determine whether you are a candidate for Invisalign or braces.
How do Braces work?
Brackets or Invisalign aligners place a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction to slowly move teeth to a corrected position. Braces provide a functional benefit by aligning the patient’s teeth so they have a correct bite and teeth alignment. The added benefit of braces is getting a straight smile and boosting patients’ self-esteem.
How long will I have braces or Invisalign?
Generally, treatment times are 1-3 years. Patients will respond individually to orthodontic treatment so the time may differ slightly from the original estimate. The patient must diligently use any prescribed rubber bands or headgear or the treatment time can be prolonged.
Do Braces hurt?
We try to keep our patients as comfortable as possible. After an appointment, the patient may feel discomfort for a few hours up to a few days. The majority of the time, a patient won’t feel anything. Bonding the braces on and taking them off will require zero freezing because we are attaching the brackets only on to the surface of the tooth.
How old does my child have to be to get braces?
We recommend that your child be seen by age 7 to advise if orthodontic treatment is required and when the best time is to start treatment. Early treatment and monitoring is highly recommended and can prevent future complications.
Early treatment may simplify later treatment because it can…
- Guide the growth of the jaws and guide incoming permanent teeth
- Regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arch shapes
- Gain space for permanent teeth
- Possibly avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions
- Reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth
- Correct thumb-sucking
- Eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems
Braces for Adults
Orthodontics can be successful at any age. It improves confidence and self-esteem. 1 in 5 patients with braces is over the age of 21. Adults may have may require periodontal treatment before, during and/or after orthodontic treatment if they have some breakdown or loss of their teeth and bone.
How much do Braces cost? How much does Invisalign cost?
The prices depend on each individual’s case. In general, traditional metal braces and Invisalign are the same cost for patients.