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Frequently Asked Questions About Braces

The Information You Need to Make Informed Orthodontics Decisions

Between word of mouth and the Internet, there is a lot of information floating around about braces, but it can sometimes be difficult to sort out fact from fiction. Deciding whether braces are right for you or a family member is a big decision, which is why Moradi Signature Smiles has decided to put together a list of the most frequently asked questions to help you find the answers you need. With over twenty years of experience, our orthodontists have the knowledge and skills to help you achieve a beautiful, straight smile, so take a look at the following FAQs to learn more.

What are braces?

In their simplest form, braces are dental appliances that help straighten crooked teeth and/or correct a misaligned bite (more commonly known as an overbite or underbite). Braces may consist of bands, wires, and brackets that are fixed to teeth or removable, depending on the chosen treatment plan.

Why do I need them?

Braces are more than just a cosmetic fix for crooked teeth. Overbites and underbites can put a great deal of pressure on certain teeth, which may cause them to crack under the strain. Crooked or crowded teeth are also linked to a variety of problems including:

  • Speech impediments
  • Jaw pain
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Sleep apnea caused by snoring or mouth breathing
  • Grinding or clenching
  • Gum disease and tooth decay

Fortunately, these conditions can potentially be aided with braces or other corrective orthodontics.

What is the ideal age range for someone who wants braces?

Braces are a great solution for people of all ages who have healthy teeth, but early treatment can help prevent or reduce future treatment times. If you desire straight teeth, please talk to your orthodontist about your options.

What are the different types of braces?

The four most common types of braces are metal/traditional braces, ceramic braces, lingual braces, and Invisalign.

  • Metal braces consist of wires attached to brackets that are fixed to the teeth and held on by rubber bands.
  • Ceramic braces are similar to metal braces, but they use clear, tooth-colored brackets.
  • Lingual braces are also similar to metal braces, but they are attached behind the teeth so they are virtually impossible to see.
  • Invisalign braces are completely different, consisting of custom, plastic aligners that fit over teeth and are replaced every two weeks.

How much will braces cost?

Orthodontic fees vary widely and depend on a number of factors, including the severity of the problem, the complexity of required treatment, and how long the treatment plan will take. Most insurance companies will help cover costs, but Moradi Signature Smiles can help you to better understand your dental insurance options.

Does wearing braces hurt?

Braces do take a little getting used to, so you may experience some discomfort for a few days after your braces are installed and right after each adjustment appointment. A common pain reliever can help ease your discomfort.

How long does treatment take?

The treatment time for wearing braces can vary based on patient cooperation and the complexity of the problem, but the average range is one and a half to two years.

Have more questions? Contact us at (408) 371-8836!