technology makes people wearing braces feel better about how they
look. Metal brackets are much smaller than they used to be. Even
less noticeable are braces made of ceramic or plastic. And lingual
braces (ones that go behind your teeth) may be appropriate in some
cases. We will tell you which of these options is best for you.
No matter what
type of braces you wear, you'll have to make a few adjustments to
treatment. But, if you're like the vast majority of adult patients,
you'll adjust quickly. Chewing ice and certain treats, such as caramels
and peanut brittle, will be off-limits. Also, your mouth and teeth
may be a little tender after adjustments. And, of course, it will
be especially important that you visit your family dentist for regular
The good news
is that the new techniques and materials that the orthodontist uses
today have made wearing braces more comfortable for adults and teens.
Are You a
Good Fit for Braces?
is the best way to determine if you can benefit from orthodontic
treatment. The condition of your teeth, gums and supporting bone
is the most important factor in determining the potential for improving
your smile and dental health. Remember,
the biological process involved in tooth movement is the same in
both adults and children.
After an initial
examination, we will be able to tell you what your treatment will
involve and its approximate cost. If you decide to proceed, we will
usually make diagnostic records of your mouth. These may include
molds of your teeth and special x-rays and photographs.
malocclusion is different. After carefully analyzing the nature
of your needed correction, we will recommend the best course of
treatment for improving your smile.
is More Affordable Than Ever.
The cost of
orthodontic treatment will depend on many factors, including the
severity of the problem, its complexity and length of treatment.
We will be glad to discuss the cost with you before treatment begins.
finding that braces are more affordable today than ever. We have
a variety of convenient payment plans. Often there are combined
plans available for parents and children who have treatment at the
same time. In addition, many dental insurance plans now include
Dollar for dollar,
when you consider the lifetime benefits of braces, they are truly
a great value.