Whether you’re dealing with serious alignment issues or just want a straighter more beautiful smile, braces can gradually shift your teeth to create the beams of your dreams
Straight teeth are more than just beautiful. Not only does a straight smile make you feel more confident, but it also helps protect your oral health. Crooked teeth can contribute to oral health issues, such as a higher risk of cavities, premature wear and tear, and more. Orthodontic treatment with braces is a time-tested, cost-effective way to straighten your teeth, improve your bite, and enhance both your appearance and your oral health.
More than half of all Americans feel self-conscious about their teeth. If you’re one of them, braces can help you get the smile you’ve always wanted.
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Our office is proud to provide band-free, self-ligating braces. Self-ligating braces use clips instead of elastic ties, allowing the wires to move freely without causing friction. Plus, no elastic ties creates a cleaner experience, which enhances your overall oral hygiene.
Interested in braces but looking for a less noticeable option? Ceramic braces are made out of a translucent ceramic material that matches the natural color of your teeth. It’s a great way to get all the benefits of traditional braces, without shiny metals or bright colors.
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Braces tend to be the cheapest way to straighten your teeth and improve your bite. They also are covered by some dental insurance plans, especially for children under the age of 18.
Braces are more versatile and powerful than alternatives. With the right treatment plan, an experienced orthodontist can correct almost any issue with your teeth and bite.
Misaligned or crooked teeth are harder to clean, which can raise the risk of gum disease or tooth decay. They also may wear down more quickly, and could be more prone to chipping, cracking, or breaking. Misaligned teeth can contribute to problems like tooth grinding and TMJ/TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). With braces, you can treat and prevent these problems.
To begin your treatment, you’ll come to our office for an orthodontic consultation, and Dr. Hagge will discuss all of your options for treatment. If you and Dr. Hagge decide on braces, you'll come back in a few days to weeks to have your braces placed. This is a completely non-invasive procedure that typically takes 1.5 hours.
Once your braces are attached to your teeth, you’ll need to come back into our office for an adjustment. These are usually done every 6-8 weeks, and take about half an hour. During this appointment, your orthodontist will check on your progress, then adjust your braces to make sure your teeth keep moving toward the proper position.
Most patients wear braces for 18-24 months. Once your treatment is over, your orthodontist will remove your braces. Then, they will build a set of retainers for your teeth. Retainers help your teeth maintain the proper position after your braces are removed. You’ll wear your retainer full-time for the first month after braces, and then at night after that.
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Braces work by applying gradual pressure to the teeth, slowly moving them into the desired alignment. The jaw bone adapts as the braces apply pressure over time, which allows the teeth and their roots to adjust. While all cases are unique, it can take anywhere from six months to two years to correct your smile with braces.
As one of the most popular and affordable methods to straighten teeth, traditional braces are an effective solution for individuals struggling with a variety of orthodontic issues. Metal braces are extremely durable and are able to withstand daily wear, chewing, and brushing throughout the duration of your treatment. Unlike removable clear aligners, traditional braces are firmly bonded to your teeth, so you don't have to worry about remembering to wear them. They're working 24/7!
Caring for your braces is similar to regular oral healthcare. Make sure to use a soft-bristled brush to keep your teeth, brackets, and wires clean and free from debris. Don’t forget to floss! Interdental brushes, pre-threaded orthodontic flossers, and super floss are perfect for removing food lodged in spots that may be tough to reach. Visit your orthodontist for regular follow-ups to ensure your teeth are adjusting properly and you’ll be braces-free in no time.
Metal braces are an excellent solution to a number of orthodontic issues. If your teeth are crowded, overlapped, gapped, or crooked, metal braces can restore your smile and shift your teeth back where they belong. Patients struggling with an overbite, crossbite, or overjet may also be great candidates for metal braces.
The cost of metal braces is different for each patient. Factors that may affect the cost of your metal braces include the severity of your teeth misalignment, appointment and visits, insurance type, and more. The best way to find out how much you’ll pay for metal braces is to schedule a consultation with your orthodontist.