braces at a glance
Various things can cause teeth to become crooked or jaws misaligned, including thumb-sucking or a traumatic injury. Children between the ages of 7 and 14 are typical candidates for braces because their facial structures are still developing. Adult braces usually entail additional procedures because their faces have already fully developed.
Although dental fillings can be considered both cosmetic and restorative, tooth-colored fillings are designed to repair a tooth affected with tooth decay without disrupting the aesthetics of your smile. Composite resin tinted to match the natural shade of your tooth is layered with precision over the affected tooth and hardened with a special UV light to restore the structural integrity of a tooth. This procedure can also be used to replaced unsightly metal fillings.
This procedure uses thin, customized shells made from porcelain to cover the front surface of teeth with cosmetic blemishes, such as severely stained, crooked, worn, chipped, or gapped teeth. Each veneer is fabricated at our partner dental lab to match the shade and size of your natural teeth to reveal realistic results. Patients with a number of cosmetic concerns find this treatment beneficial because it provides in one treatment what is generally accomplished with teeth whitening, orthodontics, and dental bonding.
All about braces
What is the braces process like?
In most cases, a dentist will need to make a plaster cast of the individual’s teeth and perform full X-rays of the head and mouth. After orthodontic appliances are placed, they need to be adjusted from time to time to ensure that they continue to move the teeth into their correct position. Retainers are used following braces to ensure that teeth remain in position.
Do braces hurt?
Because orthodontic appliances need to be adjusted from time to time to ensure they continue to move the teeth into their correct position, they can create pressure on the teeth and jaws. This mild discomfort usually subsides following each adjustment.
foods to avoid with braces
Braces and sticky foods don’t mix. Crunchy snacks and chewy substances should be avoided at all costs because they can cause orthodontia to be loosened or damaged.
How to care for braces
Braces brackets can leave stains on enamel if the area surrounding them is not cleaned on a daily basis. Daily oral hygiene such as brushing, flossing and rinsing are a necessity. We recommend a water flosser.
How long will I need to wear braces?
People can expect to wear braces for about two years—less or more in some cases. Adults are usually required to wear braces for longer periods of time.
How much do braces cost?
It is important to come in for an initial consultation. Each mouth shape and corrections needed are different. We will be sure to custom design your plan with no pressure to begin treatment until you are ready.