Orthodontic treatment can correct a variety of aesthetic issues, whether your smile is uneven, crooked, or misaligned. You might also be surprised to learn that straighter teeth are easier to floss and brush and can improve your overall oral health. With braces in South Bend, it’s possible to enhance the health and beauty of your smile.

Where Can I Get Braces?

If you’re ready to improve the appearance of your misaligned teeth, it’s best to speak with a qualified braces dentist. By making an appointment at our dental practice, you’ll have the opportunity to speak with a trusted professional who will work closely with you throughout every step of your treatment. You’ll also receive an individualized plan designed to treat your alignment issues in the shortest time possible. Make your appointment today to learn more.

What Is the Procedure for Getting Braces Put On?

While metal materials are more noticeable compared to ceramic, the process for putting on braces is exactly the same. To ensure your teeth are prepared for the placement of brackets and wires, your dentist or orthodontist will begin your appointment by cleaning your teeth. After your teeth are completely dried, an adhesive substance is applied. Although the adhesive has a somewhat unpleasant taste, it’s completely harmless. After applying the bonding cement, the brackets are carefully affixed to your teeth. Finally, the archwires are connected to each bracket and attached with small bands.

The invisible type of orthodontic treatment consists of the same components, such as brackets and wires, but they’re placed on the back of your teeth rather than the front. Your total treatment time may be longer with this form of orthodontic treatment, and it also requires the skill of an experienced orthodontist. Alternatively, there is another type of invisible braces that uses clear aligner trays to straighten teeth. This procedure is different from those above, so be sure to check with your dentist for more information on which is best for your situation.

Are There Different Types of Braces?

There are many options to choose from for anyone considering getting braces in South Bend. Metal braces are composed of metal brackets and wires that are attached to teeth, and they’re usually considered the most traditional form for most patients. Ceramic braces are similar in size and shape to the metal variety, with the exception of being made from a clear, transparent material that is less visible on teeth.

Invisible braces are another, more discreet option, and there are usually two types to choose from. One type consists of a series of clear, custom-made aligner trays that are worn over your teeth. The trays use gentle pressure to guide your teeth into proper alignment and can be taken out whenever you’re eating or drinking. The other invisible option to choose from consists of attaching the metal brackets and wires to the inside of teeth, making them virtually invisible when you smile. Ready to learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of each of these options. Speak to a member of our friendly team to make an appointment.

How Much Do Braces Cost?

The price for braces will be different for each patient and depends on the complexity of your case, the type of treatment you receive, and whether you have dental insurance. Contact your insurance provider for specific details regarding coverage. You can also call our office to ask about available low-interest financing options and flexible payment plans. Your dentist or orthodontist can give you an estimate of your anticipated costs after discussing your goals for treatment and examining your mouth. Schedule your appointment today.

How Long Do Braces Take?

You can expect your procedure to last one to two hours. Your dentist will keep you comfortable while getting braces, but it’s very common for your teeth and gums to feel sore following the procedure. Once your teeth adjust, any discomfort should subside within a week. You can also take over-the-counter pain medicine to alleviate your symptoms. Following a soft diet for the first couple of days can also help reduce discomfort and soreness. If you feel intense pain and soreness or if your symptoms don’t subside after one week, call our office immediately. On average, most patients require orthodontic treatment for up to two years.

Will I Need to Wear a Retainer After Getting Braces?

Once your braces are removed, you’ll need to wear a retainer to maintain the results achieved with orthodontic treatment. If you don’t wear a retainer consistently, it’s possible for your teeth to shift and move out of their current positions. Your retainer is custom-made to match the shape of your mouth, and impressions of your teeth are taken to design your device.

Many people wear their retainers while they’re sleeping, but you may also need to wear it during the day. The length of time in which you’ll need to wear your retainer can vary. Some patients are required to wear a retainer indefinitely, but others may only need to wear the device for a few years. Talk to your dentist or orthodontist about how long you’ll need to wear a retainer.

When it’s time to remove your braces, your dentist or orthodontist will use an instrument that’s similar in appearance to pliers to clip off the wires and brackets. To remove any remaining glue from your teeth, they’ll be cleaned and polished. You can expect the entire process to take about an hour. Although it’s possible to feel some pressure while the brackets and wires are removed, it’s usually a painless procedure.

Give us a call today if you’ve been thinking about braces in South Bend.

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