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Dental braces are utilized to treat crooked, uneven or crowded teeth. They work by shifting the teeth into their proper position over a period of time. They can also adjust the underlying bone. If you are self-conscious about your smile, you should talk to an experienced braces dentist about orthodontic treatment options. If you are interested in learning about how orthodontic treatment works and whether or not is the right choice for you, continue reading this guide.
How Do I Get Braces?
Before you have your teeth straightened with braces in Oxon Hill, it’s important that you establish a relationship with a dentist you trust. Orthodontic treatment is a big financial and medical decision, so ensuring that you trust your care provider can go a long way towards providing you with peace of mind. Our practice is full of dedicated professionals who are committed to working with you throughout the orthodontic treatment process. We guarantee that your treatment will be personalized and that it will address your orthodontic problems in as short a time as is possible. To learn more about whether or not this is a good treatment option for you, contact our office. We’re always happy to provide you with the information that you need to make the best choice possible for your unique dental needs.
What Is the Process for Having Braces On?
No matter what kind of braces you choose to receive, the process for having them put on is the same. At the beginning of the procedure the orthodontist or dentist will thoroughly clean and dry your teeth. Next, bonding glue is placed on the surface of the teeth, followed by the brackets. The bonding glue that is used typically has an unpleasant taste, but it is totally harmless. The final step involves the dentist placing the archwires into the brackets and securing them with rubber bands.
Are There Different Kinds of Braces?
There are a number of different orthodontic treatment options that you can pursue. Traditional metal braces comprised of brackets and wires are a common choice. Ceramic braces work in much the same way only they are white or clear in color so that they aren’t as noticeable on your teeth. Invisible braces are another alternative. This treatment option consists of the patient using custom-fitted clear trays that glide the teeth into the proper alignment. Many of our patients enjoy this method of straightening their teeth as it is unobtrusive and the trays can be removed while eating or drinking.
What Is the Average Cost of Braces?
Many of our patients come to us and ask, “How much do braces cost?” We understand that the costs of orthodontic treatment may be of concern to you. However, we won’t be able to provide you with an estimate until we have examined your teeth and determined the extent of your orthodontic problems. The type of treatment you choose, the severity of your case, the location in which you live and the kind of insurance you have will all play a part in determining what you will owe. We accept a variety of dental insurance plans, so be sure to check with your dental insurance provider to determine what kind of coverage you are entitled to. Our practice also offers our patients flexible financing options and payment plans. Get in touch with our staff today to determine what your payment options are.
How Long Will It Take for My Braces to Be Put On?
The entire process of having your braces put on will usually take one to two hours. While you may experience some soreness in your mouth afterwards, this is typically controlled via over-the-counter medications. If your soreness persists despite the use of over-the-counter medications or is severe, please contact our office immediately. In most instances, patients will need to wear their braces for a period of around one or two years.
Are Retainers Necessary After Orthodontic Treatment?
After you have completed your orthodontic treatment, you will see your dentist or orthodontist to have your braces taken off. This takes about an hour for the dentist to complete. Once the brackets and wires are gone, you may be prescribed a retainer so that your results are properly preserved. Retainers are usually worn at night while you sleep. They hold your teeth in position and prevent them from shifting out of place. If you are told to wear a retainer, you may need to wear it for several years.
The best way of knowing whether orthodontic treatment is right for you is to call our office and schedule your first consultation with one of our dentists today. We will discuss the variety of treatment options available to you and help you to decide whether or not you should pursue orthodontic treatment.