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If you have crooked, uneven, crowded, or misaligned teeth, braces are common dental devices that dentists use to put your teeth into the correct position. At the same time, these orthodontic devices can improve your facial structure and aid chewing. Our dentists can explain the advantages and disadvantages of your corrective options.
Where Can Patients Get Braces?
When you decide to straighten your teeth, visit our dental office. Since orthodontic devices require dental procedures to be performed delicately, it’s crucial that your dentist has the proper credentials. Our dentists have received the necessary training and are experienced and able to recommend the best course of treatment. Our practice can also address any orthodontic problems that may occur during your treatment.
Upon arrival at our office, a braces dentist will discuss your overall and oral health and perform a thorough exam. You’ll likely need a series of X-rays, photographs and an impression of your bite so that the dentist can recommend the best treatment and apply the components of the devices correctly. In particularly difficult cases to treat, we can provide a referral to an orthodontist. Visit our practice to find out which treatment is best for you.
How Do Dentists Attach Braces?
Whether you choose braces that are metal or ceramic, the process of applying them is the same. The dentist will start with a thorough teeth cleaning and drying. Next, we’ll put an adhesive substance or bonding glue on your teeth so that the brackets can be attached. The glue might not taste very good, but it won’t harm you. When it hardens, the dentist will put the wires into the brackets and use elastic bands to secure their position. Find out more about getting braces in Wayzata during your visit.
Are Different Types of Braces Available?
To meet the different needs of our patients, our dentists offer a range of treatment options for misaligned teeth. Let’s take a look at each of them:
- Metal braces — This is the traditional orthodontic treatment for misaligned teeth. They consist of metal brackets and wires, which makes them the most noticeable type. However, decades of technological advancements have made them smaller and less noticeable than they were initially. Also, new heat-activated wires allow for less painful teeth movement.
- Ceramic braces — This type of treatment is similar to traditional treatment in the shape and size of the components. The difference is that the brackets are made to be tooth-colored or clear. Even the wires may be tooth-colored. As a result, these components are less noticeable than the metal ones. On the other hand, the ceramic components are more likely to stain without proper care.
- Invisible braces — Instead of using wires and brackets to adjust your teeth, this option involves a series of custom-designed, plastic aligners. These mouthguard-like devices are nearly invisible and rarely noticeable. You replace each set every two weeks until you achieve straight teeth.
How Much Do Braces Cost?
It’s natural to be concerned about how much braces cost. However, they don’t have a fixed price. How much you spend on such orthodontic services depends on your dental coverage and the amount of work that your teeth need. Also, the type of device that you choose affects the price. In general, ceramic devices are more expensive than metal but cheaper than invisible aligners. To make orthodontics more affordable for you, our practice has flexible financing.
What’s the Timeline for Getting Braces?
The duration of the braces application process depends on the specific orthodontic treatment that you choose and the severity of your misaligned teeth. In general, the procedure takes as long as two hours in one visit. However, if the elastic bands can’t fit in between your molars because of crowding, you’ll need to wear spacers for a week. The dentist will insert them during your first visit, and then you’ll return to our office for the rest of your treatment.
You may have some soreness or discomfort in your mouth for a couple hours after the procedure. Also, your cheeks and tongue might be sensitive from rubbing against the wires and brackets, and you could have headaches. All of these symptoms are normal and shouldn’t last for more than a week. Contact our dentists if you experience ongoing discomfort that over-the-counter medicines don’t relieve.
Do Patients Have to Wear Retainers After Braces?
After wearing braces for one to three years, it takes about an hour to remove the braces. However, without the devices on your teeth, they can move out of place again. They need more time to settle into the new position in your jawbone and soft tissue, and they will always be more likely to shift back after braces. For that reason, the dentist will customize a retainer for you to wear in between meals and overnight. Talk to our dentists to learn more about wearing a retainer.