If you suspect or know that your child (or you) will need orthodontic intervention for one of the various types of bite problems that can be corrected with braces, you probably have some questions. The most thorough and accurate answers are only available after a consultation, because many details about treatment depend on individual circumstances and choices. But we can still offer some general answers to certain frequently asked questions about braces.
Am I too old to get braces?
Nope! While braces are commonly associated with the teenage years, there’s no age limit; many adults get braces or brace alternatives like clear aligners to address cosmetic and oral health concerns.
What’s it like getting braces on?
We can fill you in on all the details in person, but the basic process for standard braces involves polishing the teeth, applying a bonding glue, attaching the brackets, then inserting the wire and holding it in place with elastic bands (except with self-ligating braces, which don’t use ties). It’s painless and generally takes about an hour or less.
What’s it like getting braces off?
Getting braces off is a simple process in which special tools are used to remove the wire and brackets. Then, the adhesive is scraped off and the teeth are polished.
How much do braces cost?
There are too many individual factors that affect the price for us to give a quote here. We need to examine you or your child’s teeth and jaw, determine what type of braces we’ll use, and figure out how long treatment will take to arrive at a price. But here at Ogden Orthodontics, we take many insurance plans and offer manageable payment plans, and are always focused on providing the most cost-effective care to all our patients.
How long do the braces stay on?
This varies depending on the condition being treated, its severity, and the type of braces used. But people usually wear braces from one to two and a half years. Read more about how long you need to wear braces here.
How often are appointments needed during treatment?
This can vary depending on certain factors, but generally, patients come in once every month to 8 weeks for adjustments and for us to evaluate their progress. Read more about how often you can expect to have appointments here.
Do braces hurt?
Some soreness and discomfort is to be expected in the beginning, and sometimes after adjustments as well. But over most of the course of having them, no, braces shouldn’t hurt. If they do, something’s amiss (like you’re getting poked by a broken wire) and we’ll get it fixed for you right away. And there are simple ways to manage the soreness and discomfort when you first get them on and have adjustments.
How do you care for braces?
On top of normal good dental hygiene, it’s important to keep braces and the areas right around them clean. Here’s some information about oral hygiene while wearing braces. There are also some foods you should avoid while wearing braces.
How long do you wear a retainer after getting braces off?
We’ll have to let you know this in person too, based on personal factors. You may have a removable retainer, or one bonded to the back of your teeth.
Do you still see the dentist when you have braces on?
Yes! Regular dental checkups and cleanings are still important.