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Are crooked teeth bothering you? They may do more than make you feel self-conscious. In fact, crooked teeth are difficult to clean properly, which can lead to a number of dental problems.
How Do I Get My Teeth Straightened?
The first step towards achieving straight, perfectly aligned teeth is speaking to a dentist. At our office, we see teens and adults who are interested in correcting misaligned teeth. Our dentist will explain the different types of braces, the associated costs and how long the process will take. Although we will do our best to make the process as quick as possible, wearing the appliance and, possibly a retainer, requires a commitment of several years. Consider braces an investment in a lifetime of straight teeth and the few years of wearing them won’t seem like a hardship at all.
How Does a Dentist Put Braces On?
After our braces dentist places a cheek retractor on to expose your teeth, he or she cleans and dries your teeth. Next, our dentist will glue the brackets to your teeth and connect the wires to the appliance. Getting braces put on is not painful, although your teeth may feel slightly sore afterward.
How Many Different Types of Braces Are There?
There are the traditional metal braces and ceramic braces, which are clear or white and work best on teeth without severe misalignment issues. Invisible braces are different. Clear plastic aligners straighten teeth by using clear plastic trays which can be removed for eating and drinking.
How Much Do Braces Cost?
The price of your orthodontic appliance depends on which type you select, how misaligned your teeth are and if you need to have any teeth extracted to make room for the straightened teeth. If you have insurance, it may cover a portion of the cost. Contact our office to make an appointment to have our dentist examine your teeth and give you an estimated cost.
How Long Does it Usually Take to Get Braces?
It typically takes one to two hours to have braces put on, the same as it takes for a dentist to remove them. Getting braces doesn’t hurt, but your teeth will feel sore for about one week. The soreness is easily relieved with an over-the-counter pain medication. Generally, the appliance will need one to two years to straighten teeth.
Why Do People Have to Wear Retainers After the Braces Come Off?
Retainers preserve your perfectly straight teeth. You’ll wear a retainer all the time for several months, and then you’ll only have to wear the retainer at night. Don’t worry, we have clear retainers that don’t stand out. Without retainers, teeth would slip back into their original position once the braces come off, wasting all of the money you spent for orthodontic treatment.
If you are looking for a dental office to get braces in Fredericksburg, you’ve come to the right place. Our experienced dental team will help you achieve the straight teeth that you’ve always wanted. Call us today to schedule a consultation.