Orthodontic braces are aligners used to straighten teeth. These devices can be fixed or removable and are only available on prescription from a dentist. Braces help move teeth into a straighter position, which helps with bite issues, tooth wear, and alignment issues.
How do orthodontic braces work?
Orthodontic braces are an excellent option to correct a number of dental issues that may be impacting your self-confidence. From crooked teeth to severe malocclusion, braces can help improve your smile’s appearance and help you keep your teeth healthy.
At your dental appointment, your dentist will help you determine whether or not braces are right for you. Braces work by applying continuous pressure to your teeth. This pressure slowly moves your teeth into the position that your dentist has determined will provide you with a healthier smile and better oral hygiene.
Orthodontic braces are brackets that are placed on your teeth and connected with wires and bands. Brackets can be made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. Each bracket has a slot that’s used to hold a wire in place. Your orthodontic specialist will tighten the wire and adjust the bands periodically to better serve your orthodontic needs.
Types of braces
Before your orthodontist can place braces, your teeth will need to be prepared. Scheduling an orthodontic consultation will allow your orthodontist to evaluate your bite and determine whether braces and other forms of treatment are necessary.
Your orthodontist may recommend one of the following dental appliances:
- Traditional metal braces
- Ceramic braces
- Lingual braces
Am I a good candidate for braces?
Only your dentist can tell you whether you’re a candidate for orthodontic treatment. However, there are a few common factors that may put you on the path toward braces. Suitable candidates often have the following concerns:
- Overcrowded or crooked teeth
- Missing or extra teeth
- An underbite or overbite
- Difficulty chewing or speaking
How much do orthodontic braces cost?
Orthodontic braces cost is based on the individual patient and their specific needs and treatment. Age, treatment time, insurance, and other factors can affect the final cost. At our dental practice, we are proud to offer affordable orthodontic braces to patients of all ages. We work with most insurance providers and offer several financing options to make treatment affordable for our patients.
How long do I have to wear braces?
Orthodontic treatment time depends upon many different factors. These include the type of malocclusion, the severity of the malocclusion, and the patient’s age. Braces work by gradually moving teeth into proper alignment. As such, orthodontic treatment time can be anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. Orthodontic treatment time also varies by case. Your orthodontist will schedule regular visits to monitor your progress and make adjustments.
To find out more about the dental services offered at Gerard and Moore Dental, call (505)-293-6125 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 8310 Palomas Ave NE Suite A, Albuquerque, NM 87109.