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A bright, properly aligned smile exudes health and confidence. If crowding, spacing issues or other alignment problems are causing you to feel self-conscious, visiting a skilled dentist may help. Orthodontic treatments like braces can help you achieve a straight, attractive smile that makes you proud.
Dentists usually recommend braces to correct patients’ orofacial appearance. These appliances gradually move your teeth or the underlying bone into place until the desired results are achieved. However, the benefits of braces in Holyoke aren’t simply cosmetic — straightening your smile can make it easier to chew and practice good oral hygiene. If you’re ready to find out what orthodontic treatment can do for you, schedule an appointment today.
How Can I Find a Braces Dentist?
Many patients come to us with questions on how they can get started with braces. The first step is to speak with a dentist about the different options for straightening your teeth. Our dentists will listen to your questions and explain the advantages of getting orthodontic treatment. We want you to feel completely comfortable with your treatment plan from start to finish. During your consultation, we’ll outline what option is right for you and provide an estimate of the cost and expected treatment time.
What Happens When You Get Braces?
No matter what type of braces in Holyoke you choose — metal, ceramic or invisible — the process for attaching them is the same. The dentist first cleans and dries your teeth to prepare them for the braces process. A bonding glue is then used to attach the brackets to your teeth, followed by the wires. The glue may have an unpleasant taste, but it is completely harmless. Lastly, the dentist will add elastic bands to secure the wire and brackets in place.
If you have questions about the orthodontic process, please give us a call. We have experienced dentists able to walk you through the procedure and offer recommendations for your situation.
What Are the Different Types of Braces?
Every patient’s smile is unique, that’s why we provide customized care plans for all our patients. We provide multiple orthodontic options to meet your needs, from traditional metal braces to invisible aligners. Most orthodontic patients choose metal orthodontics as an effective way to straighten their smile, but some opt for ceramic braces to achieve a more seamless look. Ceramic styles are constructed using tooth-colored materials to create a less noticeable look. These brackets are shaped identically to the metal variety.
Invisible braces, also known as invisible aligners, are another effective way to treat mild to moderate orthodontic issues. This treatment involves clear trays made of flexible plastic that fit over your teeth. Many patients enjoy this option because it’s virtually invisible and can be removed for special occasions or while eating and drinking.
Consult with one of our dentists today to explore your options and begin your journey to a straighter, healthier smile.
Where Can I Get Affordable Braces?
Our dentists understand that deciding to get orthodontic treatment can be a big medical — and financial — decision. You might wonder, “How much do braces cost, and can I afford it?”
The cost of orthodontics varies widely from patient to patient. The severity of your case, where you live, and your insurance coverage will factor into the total charges. Contact your insurance provider to see what your plan offers when considering straightening your teeth with braces.
You can also contact our practice, where our knowledgeable staff members are available to answer your questions. Our flexible financing options allow you to repay the cost of care over convenient monthly payments. No matter what your budget, a straighter smile is possible.
Does Straightening Teeth Take a Long Time?
Getting braces put into place normally takes one to two hours. You may experience mild discomfort following the procedure; this is normal and should subside in about a week. However, if you begin to feel excessive discomfort that isn’t relieved by over-the-counter pain relievers, contact our office. Your appliance may need to be adjusted.
Most patients complete treatment in two years, depending on the complexity of the spacing, crowding or bite issues. Give us a call today to find out if orthodontic treatment is right for you.
Do You Need a Retainer After Braces?
When treatment is complete, you’ll return to our office to have the brace and bracket removed. Your dentist will use a special pair of pliers to clip the wire and remove the appliance in a pain-free process. Then, your new, straighter smile will be revealed.
Wearing a retainer after orthodontic treatment is necessary to ensure your smile stays brilliant for years to come. These appliances are fitted to your teeth and are worn overnight. The dentist may recommend you wear the retainer for several years to allow the underlying bone to fully set in your jaw.