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Braces are designed to straighten misaligned teeth and improve the function of your mouth. They can move your teeth into a proper position by applying steady pressure. If you’ve been considering if straightening your teeth is right for you, this guide will help you make an informed decision.
How Can I Get Braces?
If you’re thinking about straightening your teeth, calling our office to schedule an appointment is the best place to start. Our braces dentist will work closely with you to design a treatment plan that best meets your needs. When you come in for your initial consultation, the dentist will examine your mouth and the current position of your teeth. An impression of your teeth may also be taken to use as a model when designing your unique treatment plan.
Is the Process of Getting Braces Long?
The steps required for getting braces put on are typically the same for both metal and ceramic. After cleaning and drying your teeth, your dentist or orthodontist applies bonding glue to your teeth. Next, the brackets are attached. You can be assured that the bonding glue is harmless to your health, although it may taste unpleasant. During the final step, archwires are placed into the brackets, which are then kept in place with elastic bands.
What Are the Different Types of Braces?
One of the most common types are metal braces, which involves attaching metal brackets and wires to each tooth. Ceramic braces use tooth-colored brackets to make them less noticeable. Another version considered invisible braces uses a custom-fit clear plastic tray that can be taken out of your mouth while you are eating and drinking. Ready to learn more about braces in Sturbridge? Schedule an appointment today to discover the benefits braces can have on your smile.
How Much Do Braces Cost?
The price of your braces will vary and depends on which type your dentist recommends, if treatment is covered by your dental insurance, and how long you need to wear them.
How Long Will It Take to Get Braces Applied?
You can expect the procedure to last about one to two hours. Although it’s normal for your teeth and mouth to feel sore for about a week, you should contact our office if your pain lasts longer than a week and is not relieved by over-the-counter medication. On average, most people wear their braces for one to two years.
Wearing a Retainer After Braces
Your appointment to have your braces removed takes about an hour. Once your dentist or orthodontist has removed the brackets and wires from your teeth, you will likely need to wear a retainer to maintain the current position of your teeth. A retainer is generally worn overnight and works by preventing your newly aligned teeth from shifting out of position. Most people have to wear a retainer for several years, but your dentist or orthodontist will recommend a plan that is appropriate for you.