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Traditional Metal Braces

Metal braces are the most common braces type used because they are cost-effective and efficient. Today’s braces are more comfortable than ever before and sleeker than ever before. They are made of high-grade stainless steel and can be customized by adding elastics in your favorite colors.

Self-Ligating Braces

Self-ligating brackets consist of brackets and wires, just like traditional braces. However, self-ligating brackets use a slide door mechanism rather than elastics to hold the archwire in place. This results in less friction when moving the teeth, which means a more comfortable experience for you. And without the elastics to change out, you’ll be in our office less frequently.

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Clear (Ceramic) Braces

Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger and are more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.

Clear Aligners

Clear aligners are clear, removable acrylic trays that fit comfortably over your teeth to guide them to their new locations. Patients love them because they are removable, making brushing and flossing easy. That also means you can eat and drink whatever you want during treatment because you’ll remove the aligners. They offer a more comfortable experience because there is no metal to irritate the mouth.

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FAQ

What are braces?

Braces are orthodontic appliances that help realign your teeth and jaws at any age. Braces is an umbrella term that encompasses several types of braces using various materials and designs that help offer patients the liberty of customizing their treatment.

What’s the best age to get braces?

Your teenage years are ideal for orthodontic treatment because the dental health specialist can leverage natural movements related to your dental development. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) suggests parents bring their children to an orthodontist as early as age 7 to receive help if needed.

When should I get braces?

This will greatly depend on your individual circumstances. In general, the sooner, the better. However, please note that you should consult with an orthodontist about what works best for your case.

What to expect with braces

You should expect a couple of side effects related to your tooth movement. Some patients will suffer some discomfort, and others might be eager to see notable changes that may take a bit longer than they’d wish. Braces will realign your teeth given sufficient time and help improve your dental health in the process.

How much do braces cost?

On average, braces can cost anywhere between $3,000 and $7,000. However, please note that your treatment cost will vary greatly from other patients depending on many factors. The only way to get a better estimate is to consult with a board-certified orthodontist.

What happens after your braces are removed?

Two things will happen. First, you will get to enjoy the beautiful and healthy smile you wanted from the start. Second, you will start the retention phase of your orthodontic treatment. Please wear your retainers as indicated by your orthodontist to avoid losing your hard-earned results.

How do I schedule my next appointment?

Please get in touch with our office. Give us a call or click on the button to fill out a form and set up your next appointment and start your orthodontic journey toward a beautiful and healthy smile. We hope to see you soon.