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All About Braces: Answering Your Top Questions


Getting braces put on is a common dental procedure. Patients often have many questions about the procedure and other factors concerning their braces, including price and care questions. South Meadows Dental & Orthodontics has answers to your questions and more. Continue reading below to learn what you need to know about your braces.

How are Braces Put On?

Your dentist will provide detailed information during your consultation. To start, your teeth will be cleaned and prepared for the glue. The glue will then be placed, following the brackets which hold the wires for your braces. From there, the wiring can be threaded through the brackets.

How are Braces Taken Off?

Getting your braces taken off is very exciting. The wires are first removed, following the brackets. They are gently removed to minimize pain levels. The glue is then scraped from your teeth, and they are cleaned to make your smile ready to show.

How Long are Braces Worn?

Every patient has to wear braces for a different amount of time. This is based on numerous factors, including how severe the misalignment of your bite is and the type of braces you use. Braces can be in for as long as two and a half years to as little as nine months.

How Often Do My Braces Need to be Checked?

Appointments are held every month to every few months. This is to ensure your braces are working effectively and that there are no adjustments that need to be made. Anything that needs to be changed will be changed.

Will My Braces Hurt?

Many patients are surprised at how comfortable braces actually are. After adjustment appointments and after your initial appointment, there may be a bit of soreness. This is only temporary, however, and is easily relieved with over-the-counter medications.

How Do I Take Care of My Braces?

It is important to keep your teeth clean in order to keep your braces clean. For this reason, it is important to brush your teeth after every meal. You should also try to floss your teeth as effectively as possible.

What is the Age Range for Braces?

Anyone is able to get braces, despite the fact that most individuals think only teenagers get them. There are many adults who choose to get braces. This can help you gain confidence in your smile, especially if your alignment problems are noticeable.

What is the Price of Braces?

The price of braces really depends on how long you will need them and exactly the types of braces you need. It will also depend upon what your insurance covers. All pricing details will be provided at your initial consultation in our office at South Meadows Dental.

What Now?

If you think braces are the right choice for you, call us at South Meadows Dental & Orthodontics to schedule your initial consultation. We will walk you through any other questions you may have, and assist you in making the right choices for you. You will have a new smile soon!

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