Braces FAQ 1: What Is the Best Age to Get Braces?
Any age can be a great age to visit an orthodontist for getting braces if you want to improve the look and feel of your smile. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children around the age of seven can pay their first visit at an orthodontist’ clinic; however, braces treatment is not only for children and teens, about 25% orthodontic patients are over the age of 21. Any time is the best time to visit the orthodontist whether you’re considering braces treatment for yourself or for your child.
Braces FAQ 2: How long will I have to wear braces?
Duration of your braces treatment obviously depends on each your specific orthodontic needs. Generally, treatment takes from 6 months to 30 months to get the end results. It varies based on individual treatment complexity, needs, and personal treatment goals.
Braces FAQ 3: Do braces treatment hurt?
With the latest advancement in recent years, orthodontic treatment has come a long way. New technologies enable us to use lighter forces to move your teeth over a much shorter amount of time. Braces treatment can make your teeth sore for a few days after they are placed and whenever they are adjusted. Adjustments will make you conscious of your teeth, but they should not be painful. This annoyance can be relieved with a pain reliever (use as directed). Braces these days are smaller, more comfortable. At orthodontic Experts of Colorado we use the latest technology in order to reduce discomfort and braces treatment time.
Braces FAQ 4: Do I need to visit my orthodontist while in braces?
Yes! It’s important to have regular checkups with your family orthodontist. Only they will determine your cleaning appointments while you are in braces.
Braces FAQ 5: How Much Do Braces Cost a Month?
The cost of braces will depend on many factors, including the complexity of the problem, its severity and time required for treatment. At orthodontic Experts of Colorado our financial adviser would love to discuss the cost of braces treatment and your payment options with you before your treatment begins. Our Patients are finding that braces treatment is more affordable than ever before.
Braces FAQ 6: Why Braces Treatment is so important?
Crowded and crooked teeth are difficult to clean and maintain. A bad bite can also cause problem to tooth surfaces, difficulty in chewing and speaking, and excess stress on supporting bone and gum tissue. Without braces, many problems become worse and can require additional dental care later in life.
Braces FAQ 7: I had braces treatment as a teen, and now as an adult my teeth are out of place. What should I do?
If you had braces in as a teen and now notice an unwanted change in your smile or bite, contact us for information. An orthodontic “tune up” might be necessary to regain proper alignment.
Braces FAQ 8: Will my braces interfere with my school activities like playing sports or singing?
Playing a contact sport or a musical instrument may require some adjustment when you first get your braces, but for sure braces will not stop you from any of your school activities. A mouth guard is recommended to protect your braces or appliance if you play a contact sport.
Braces FAQ 9: How can I take care of my retainer?
You can take care of your retainer by brushing it gently with a toothbrush and antibacterial soap, using toothpaste is not recommended. Remember not to put your retainer in boiling water or in the dishwasher. When you take out your retainer to eat, make sure you brush your teeth, floss, and keep your retainer safe in its container so that it does not get lost or broken.
Braces FAQ 10: What Color Braces Should I Get?
There are many different ways that you can choose the best braces colors. Consider whether you want your braces to stand out or blend in. It can be fun to show off bright colors at school, but neon elastics might look out of place in an office job. Different colors and shades look good against different skin tones, so you could pick some good braces colors according to your skin tone. Some braces color ideas you might like: complement your eye color, Match the clothing colors you like to wear, Choose bright colors in summer and cool blues in winter, Red and green for Christmas, or Red, white and blue braces to show your patriotism.
Braces FAQ 11: Are braces better than Invisalign?
Braces and Invisalign are just few of the many techniques used by orthodontists in straightening the teeth of their patients. Which one is better between braces and Invisalign? It’s going to be determined by the specific need in each case and the complexity of the case will be involved in deciding which one will meet that need in the best way for your patient.
Braces FAQ 12: Do braces make your lips bigger?
There are tons of pictures online that show dramatic effects on appearance after orthodontic treatment, you should know that these are extreme cases. To answer one common question of “Do braces make your lips bigger? If you have a small overbite, your lips will change, but subtly. On the bright side, you can end up having a bigger and brighter smile after your orthodontic treatment.
Braces FAQ 13: How Much Are Braces with Medicaid?
Those patients who have private insurance they typically have partial coverage for orthodontic treatment. On average they end up paying around $3,500. If you know that your Medicaid will not pay for braces, you can expect to pay close to $5,000 or $6,000 for children’s braces.