Braces range in price from $3600-$4600. With a $500 deposit, you’ll end up spending between $170 and $260 per month.
Braces and Orthodontia
When you think of braces, you probably feel a little stress. No worries! We’ll help you through every step! We provide orthodontic services as early intervention for younger children, for correction during the teenage years, and even for adults.
Your first visit will be a consultation to see how we can help improve your smile. The doctor will cover treatment plans based on your individual dental needs. Once the doctor determines you are a good candidate for braces, your options for which kind of braces you can have is presented to you. Once you make your choice, all diagnostic x-rays and pictures will be taken and molds prepared. Your doctor will determine the frequency of your visits for adjustments which can be weekly or up to six weeks apart.
Benefits of Braces
Beyond cosmetic reasons, such as having an attractive smile, braces can also help improve the following conditions:
- Prevent some cases of TMJ
- Reduce grinding teeth due to misalignment
- Increase overall symmetry of face and jaw line
- Reduce tooth sensitivity
- Reduce tension headaches resulting from dental abrasion
- Increase ability to chew
- Reduce wear and tear on teeth
- Prevent tooth decay by spacing overcrowding teeth
- Fix speech impediments
Types of Braces
Your dentist will help you choose which type of braces are right for you or your child. Here are some of the main types with pros and cons. Keep in mind, though, that not all types of braces can be used for every particular case.
Pros: Made of sturdy, high-quality stainless steel
Cons: Slightly more visible than other types of braces
Pros: Less visible than standard braces
Cons: Slightly more expensive and easier to break with hard foods
Pros: Less pain and it will appear as if you don’t have braces. Many adults opt for this type of treatment. Plus, Invisalign won’t affect your oral hygiene.
Cons: Invisalign braces depend on patient following all directions for use. As such, treatment often takes longer. Also Invisalign braces cannot be used with all patients. Finally, these type of braces are more expensive than other types.
Maintaining Oral Hygiene
For standard braces, there are a few tools you will need to maintain the best oral hygiene.
Invest in a Waterpik to remove stubborn particles around your braces. Or use a standard flosser made especially for braces. Dentek and GUM offer flossers made for braces. If you have children, take note that the flosser heads occasionally fall off. For extra protection, consider a battery operated flosser.
Purchase mouthwash made exclusively for braces. About 84% of patients with braces may develop white spots. Mouthwash will not only help maintain your oral health, but will prevent white spots from developing. Some patients may develop mouth sores from abrasion so opt for alcohol-free mouthwash.
We Recommend Additional Dental Cleanings for Patients with Braces
If you are worried about stains, you can also buy an at-home battery operated tooth polisher. Be careful not to apply pressure onto the brackets. Typically, patients will see some stains on the bottom portion of their teeth as food tends to collect there. For build-up around the brackets, you can lightly scrape with a dental pick. Lastly, you may want to schedule dental cleanings more often and concurrently with your brace adjustments. While most patients receive bi-annual cleanings, it is worthwhile to receive quarterly cleanings or more depending on plaque buildup or white spots.