Dental One Associates of Westminster
412 Malcolm Drive, Suite 100, Westminster, MD 21157
Suffering from orthodontic problems can cause many people to lose confidence in the appearance of their smiles. If you are one of the many people out there who has crooked, uneven or crowded teeth, you should think about scheduling a consultation with a braces dentist to receive orthodontic treatment. Dental braces can correct your orthodontic problems by shifting your teeth into alignment, making you feel more confident in the appearance of your smile and preventing further dental or orthodontic problems down the road. If you believe that you are in need of orthodontic treatment, continue reading our helpful guide.
A visit to your regular dentist is the first thing you should do when trying to decide if you need orthodontic treatment. If you do not already have an established relationship with a dentist you trust, it is important that you do so. Braces are an important decision both medically and financially. Knowing that you can trust your dentist to provide you with the right treatment method in as little as time as possible is imperative. Our office staff will be there throughout every step of your treatment plan. We will offer you customized treatment that is also as efficient as humanly possible.
Your dentist or orthodontist will clean your teeth, then dry them. After that, bonding glue will be applied to your teeth. The glue may taste unpleasant, but it is a harmless substance. Brackets are then placed onto your teeth. After this, the archwires are placed into the brackets. They are then secured via rubber bands. The entire process will take anywhere between one or two hours. The steps are the same no matter what kind of braces you choose to have put on.
Due to their affordability, metal braces are the most commonly chosen type of orthodontic device. These utilize a system of metal brackets and wires that gradually shift the teeth into place. Ceramic braces work in the same way. The only difference between ceramic and metal devices is that the ceramic ones blend seamlessly into your teeth, making them a great option for patients who want a more discreet look throughout the treatment process. Another discreet option is invisible braces. These are clear trays made out of plastic that have been custom-fitted to your teeth and mouth. Over time, the trays will be changed out and will gradually slide your teeth into their new alignment. The trays can be removed during eating or drinking, meaning you won’t have to give up eating certain foods throughout the duration of your orthodontic treatment.
We understand that you are probably concerned about the cost of orthodontic treatment. If so, know that you are not alone. We are frequently asked, “How much do braces cost?” You should know that the cost of your treatment will depend on many factors. These factors include your location, your dental insurance, the severity of your case and the treatment you choose to pursue. To learn more about what kind of orthodontic treatment coverage you have under your dental insurance plan, call your provider. Our office can also give you information on financing options and payment plans. If you want more information on how you can afford to receive your orthodontic treatment, call us today. We’re happy to give you whatever information you require.
The procedure for getting your braces put on will take an hour or two. After the procedure, you will probably feel some pain in your mouth and teeth. This is perfectly normal and will most likely go away within a week. If the pain persists and does not go away when you take over-the-counter pain medications, call our office. You should expect to have to undergo your orthodontic treatment for a period of one to two years.
When the time has come, your dentist or orthodontist will remove the wires and brackets from your teeth. This process generally takes an hour to complete. Many of our patients are prescribed retainers to wear after their braces are removed. This is to help prevent the teeth from shifting out of place. Retainers are usually worn overnight. They hold the teeth firmly in place so that you won’t lose any of the progress that you made during your treatment. If you need to wear a retainer, you can expect to need to wear it for a period of several years.
To find out whether or not braces in Westminster are the right treatment choice for you, contact our team of experienced professionals today.