Getting Dental Braces
Understanding Traditional Orthodontics
Braces are a widely-used treatment option to straighten teeth. Using an assortment of metal brackets and wires, these devices deliver a constant, gentle pressure on the teeth to move them into their ideal position. If you (or your child) have an abnormal bite, your family dentist may refer you to an orthodontist, like Dr. Adam Lee. Some of the most common reasons for bite issues include overcrowded or crooked teeth, too much or too little space between the teeth, and even, misalignment with the upper or lower jaws (overbites and underbites).
Who Usually Wears Braces?
Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, screening at an early age ensures the greatest potential for results and the least amount of time and expense. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that children should have an orthodontic consultation no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can help you anticipate the most advantageous time to begin any necessary treatment.
Orthodontics for Adults
The best time to have orthodontics treatment is generally during childhood. But adults can benefit from braces too – and more and more are doing this. If you didn’t have orthodontic treatment as a child, you may have had problems that were left untreated like an overbite or underbite, crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw. These issues often lead to other ailments including tooth decay, headaches and earaches, chewing issues, and even gum disease. As an adult, you may have a better opportunity to get these problems fixed with the use of orthodontics.
Types of Braces
Many orthodontists recommend traditional dental braces for their reliability but, thanks to technology, you may have other options. Talk with your orthodontist about what would work best for you and your smile! Some options may include:
Traditional braces have progressed greatly since their first uses. Now, this treatment option is lighter in weight and structure than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel attached to the front of your teeth with metal wire, metal braces are one of the most common treatment types. As such, they are often one of the more affordable orthodontics treatment types.
Ceramic braces are generally the same size and shape as their metal counterparts. The biggest difference between the two is that the ceramic option has tooth-colored or “clear” brackets that are meant to blend with the teeth. This gives this treatment option a slightly higher aesthetic appeal.
Perhaps a little less well-known, Damon Braces are similar to traditional braces except for one major change; they are self-ligating. This modern take on traditional braces is similar in style and look, but uses a self-tightening system. While traditional metal braces have a reputation for causing slight discomfort after adjustments, Damon braces use a low-friction system which typically requires few appointments and allows the archwires on the device to move freely, minimizing the discomfort experienced during treatment.
Micro (Mini) Braces
Micro braces rely on the same technology as their larger counterparts — metal brackets and metal wire — yet, are about 30% smaller. But, don’t worry, you won’t have to sacrifice strength for size as mini braces tend to be made of a stronger grade of stainless steel. Mini braces are substantially less noticeable than traditional metal braces, making them a popular treatment option for teens and adults.
How Long Will I Have to Wear Braces?
My patients usually ask this question during the initial consultation. Teens and adults are usually especially concerned about the amount of time they need to wear braces. Orthodontics is not a one-size-fits-all solution and each patient’s mouth is very unique. That considered, average orthodontic treatment takes 16-24 months to complete. Some factors contributing to this timeline include the type of treatment, the patient’s age, the severity of the case, and how willing the patient is to follow their orthodontist’s instructions when it comes to care and treatment.
How Much Will Treatment Cost?
Whether you’ve just learned that your child needs braces or are looking to improve your smile as an adult, determining how much braces cost depends largely on the type of treatment plan and length of time you or your child will be in treatment. On average, orthodontic treatment costs $4,800 and $7,135 for adults while treatment for children averages slightly less. At the end of the day, only your orthodontist will be able to determine what the cost of treatment will be as other factors also affect the price like the severity of your case and your insurance coverage. Remember, while the cost of braces may seem daunting, a beautiful smile can make a huge difference in confidence for both kids and adults!
Schedule a Consultation With an Orthodontist in Payson or Spanish Fork
Are you ready to boost your confidence with a beautiful and healthy smile? If so, it’s time to book your consultation with Dr. Lee at our Payson or Spanish Fork orthodontic offices.