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Are unattractive, crooked teeth holding you back professionally or socially? It’s hard to keep teeth that are not straight clean, which can lead to bad breath and other dental problems. If your misaligned teeth are causing your bite to be off, it may lead to overly worn teeth. If you have misaligned or crooked teeth, it’s time for a change and we can help. Braces are not just for teens anymore; 25 percent of the people wearing braces today are adults who decided to stop hiding their smile.
How Do I Get Started with Braces?
Phone our office to request a consultation with our braces dentist. Our dentist will evaluate your teeth and bite and let you know how braces can give you the healthy, straight teeth you deserve. We’ll discuss your options and let you know how long your treatment will take.
How Do Dentists Apply Braces?
Your dentist will clean your teeth and then dry them before installing the brackets. Each bracket is glued to your teeth in a precise location. The glue does not taste very good, however, the procedure is painless. Sometimes, your dentist will use a cheek retractor to help you keep your mouth open so he or she can work. After the brackets are in place, your dentist runs an archwire through the brackets and secures it with elastic bands.
What Are the Best Types of Braces?
Your dentist will consider your orthodontic needs, your budget and your personal preferences when helping you select the best braces for you.
Metal braces, made from stainless steel, are still the most popular choice; they can correct orthodontic problems quickly, economically and efficiently. The brackets are smaller than they once were, eliminating the metal mouth look. Colored rubber bands also allow for a custom look, meaning teens can express their personalities. Most of our patients have no difficulty wearing them.
Ceramic braces, with their tooth-colored or clear brackets, are a low-profile option for patients with cosmetic concerns. However, a ceramic appliance may not be effective if you have severe alignment issues. Your dentist will discuss your suitability for ceramic during your consultation.
Invisible braces are clear aligner trays that are changed every two weeks. You remove the trays to eat and to brush your teeth, but they have to stay on your teeth at least 22 hours a day. The aligners are virtually invisible. Treatment may take slightly longer than more traditional options and they cannot correct severe orthodontic problems. Contact our office to request a consultation to see if clear aligner trays can help you reach your goal of straight teeth discreetly.
How Much Do Braces in Miami Cost?
We are used to patients calling us and asking, “How much do braces cost?” We usually tell them that there are too many variables to quote a price over the phone. We ask that you call us to set up a consultation and then our dentist can tell you your cost after seeing the severity of your issue and determining the type of appliance you prefer. Ceramic and clear options are slightly more expensive than metal. If you have a dental insurance plan that covers orthodontics, this will also affect your cost. Our staff is happy to go over your coverage and help you maximize your benefits. Ask about our flexible financing, which may help make our fees more affordable for you by spreading out the cost over several months. Call today to request your consultation.
Does Having Braces Put on Take a Long Time?
Count on your appointment lasting from one to two hours. It does not hurt to get the brackets and archwire put on your teeth, but expect to feel sore the next day. An OTC pain reliever is usually enough to ease your discomfort. It will also take about a week to get used to having metal or ceramic in your mouth. Have dental wax handy to avoid getting sores on the inside of your mouth. Pretty soon, you will get used to having your appliance on your teeth. Before you leave the office, your dentist will suggest a proxy-tip brush and floss threader that will make it easier for you to keep your teeth clean.
Am I Going to Have to Wear a Retainer After My Braces Come Off?
You will have to wear a retainer after your braces come off for several years to maintain the results. Your dentist will let you know how long you must wear a retainer. The good news is that you will most likely only have to wear your retainer at night after wearing it full-time for two to four weeks.
If you’re ready for a more attractive smile and better oral health, phone our office and ask for a consultation. It’s an investment in your future that will have you smiling more often and with greater self-confidence.