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Braces: Bringing Your Teeth Together
Metal braces have shown to be the tried and true of orthodontics, helping to correct problems with your teeth such as crowding, crooked teeth, or misalignment. Metal braces not only help correct your teeth, but they can also help avoid other oral health concerns in the future, such as jaw problems, chewing difficulty, and speech problems. Don’t let your teeth get in the way of bigger problems in life; instead, let your braces bring your teeth together.
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Metal braces include brackets that are attached to the front of your teeth or bands that fit around each tooth with flexible wires or archwires that hold the bands together.
Some braces also include rubber bands or metal ties that link the brackets to the wire. These bands create more pressure to help straighten and align your teeth.
Sometimes clear brackets and tooth-colored wires can help hide the hardware. Our doctors will help you explore the options and discuss if braces fit your treatment scenario.
While orthodontics can solve many tooth alignment problems, successful treatment relies on good patient compliance. Wearing elastic bands consistently, keeping follow-up appointments for adjustments, and practicing outstanding home care can all help lead to a positive outcome. This commitment involves frequent preventive visits with your hygienist. Our team specializes in helping our orthodontic patients through this process so you can enjoy a gorgeous, healthy smile.Schedule Your Consultation
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Dr. Camille Little
Dr. Camille Little was named to the 40 Under 40 list of 2017. This list honors the best 40 dentists under the age of 40 renowned for medical innovations, volunteer work, and philanthropy or simply their commitment to their outstanding patient care.
How do I take care of my braces?
There are a few things to keep in mind when maintaining metal dental braces.
1. Avoid foods that aren't braces-friendly such as chewy foods or soft candies that get stuck in the braces and will be hard to clean out of the hardware. Depending on the food, you may need to cut it into smaller pieces to keep it from getting stuck in the braces.
2. Brush and floss on a regular basis. This is always important but becomes more important with braces because there are more spaces, crevices, and surfaces for food to get stuck.
3. Ensure you keep your regular appointments with your dentist to adjust, manage, and maintain your metal braces.
What are the different types of braces?
-Metal/traditional braces: Traditional braces are made of metal. They include brackets that are attached to the front of your teeth or bands that fit around each tooth, as well as flexible wires or archwires that hold the brackets or bands together. Some braces also include rubber bands or metal ties that link the brackets to the wire. These bands create more pressure to help straighten and align your teeth. Sometimes, your orthodontist will have you wear a device called headgear at night. It provides added pressure to help straighten your teeth. You can put it on and take it off.
-Ceramic braces: The brackets in traditional braces are now also made in tooth-colored ceramic, so you don’t notice them as much. They can also be made with stainless steel, clear materials, or gold.
-Lingual braces: The brackets on these braces are attached to the backs of your teeth, facing your tongue. Lingual braces are harder to see.
-Clear aligners: You might also hear them called invisible braces. These are clear plastic trays that fit snugly onto your teeth. They use pressure to gently move your teeth into the correct positions and straighten your smile. You remove the aligners to eat, brush, or floss, but you should keep them in at least 22 hours each day for them to work. The orthodontist may also place tooth-colored attachments onto your teeth to hold the aligners in place.
How much do braces cost?
The cost for braces and aligners usually depends on the severity of the problem and the treatment options discussed between you and one of our dentists. On average, any of these solutions can range from $2,000-$5,000 or more.
Costs are affected by individual insurance cover, dental office payment options, etc. So it really is a cost that is unique to you and your family depending on the extent of your dental needs.
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Schedule an appointment at Peak Dental today for our braces consultation or explore our other available dental services.