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Our ServicesBraces

Braces can help your appearance and function. We promise that straighter teeth will help you smile more often!

Your Options Braces FAQs

Your Options

Minor braces we do right here in our office. For more complex cases we refer to an orthodontist.

When straightening your teeth, you have options:

  • For most cases, fixed braces are the best option. We usually use clear brackets, which are much less visible than the old fashioned metal brackets.
  • Sometimes, a removable appliance can work, especially for kids, where the teeth don’t grow into the right spot.
  • For very complex cases, surgery can sometimes be an option.

The best solution for you depends on your unique situation. We will work with you to determine the most appropriate type of braces.

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Braces FAQs

  1. What about “Invisalign” braces?
  2. When is the best age to get braces?
  3. How can I take care of my teeth if I’m wearing braces or a retainer?
  4. How long do I have to wear my braces?
  5. Do braces hurt?
  6. Do I need to brush my teeth more often if I have braces?
  7. If I have braces, do I still need regular dental checkups?

1. What about “Invisalign” braces?

In some cases, Invisalign may be an option, but it is not free of issues. Invisalign is offered by Orthodontists.

  • Only good for select, easier cases.
  • Some movements can not be done.
  • It takes a lot longer.
  • Compliance is an issue. You have to wear the splints 24/7/365.
  • The result is often less than perfect.

2. When is the best age to get braces?

If you want to improve the look and feel of your smile, then any age can be a great age. In most cases, 12 to 14 years of age is the best time to get braces.


3. How can I take care of my teeth if I’m wearing braces or a retainer?

  • ALWAYS remember to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day.
  • Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride, and ask your orthodontist or family dentist if you need a fluoride rinse. This will help prevent cavities!
  • If you take out your retainer to eat, make sure you brush your teeth, floss, and remember to keep it safe in its container so that it does not get lost or broken.
  • Keep your retainer clean by brushing it gently with a toothbrush and toothpaste. You may also soak it in denture cleaner or soapy water.
  • NEVER put your retainer in boiling water or in the dishwasher.
  • Avoid foods with a lot of sugar (sugar increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth, causing more plaque and possibly cavities).
  • Avoid sticky and chewy foods (caramel, chewing gum, gummy bears), hard foods (hard candy, nuts, ice cubes), or any foods that could get stuck in your braces (corn on the cob, soft bagels, ribs, taffy, etc.).
  • Be sure to schedule your routine dental checkups every six months.

4. How long do I have to wear my braces?

The amount of time spent in braces will vary. Treatment times can take anywhere between six and 30 months.


5. Do braces hurt?

No, braces do not hurt. You may feel some discomfort for a couple of days after placement and adjustments as your teeth and oral tissues get used to your braces.


6. Do I need to brush my teeth more often if I have braces?

Yes. Because there is more “stuff” in your mouth, you need to take extra care. Brush after each meal. Floss at least once a day.


7. If I have braces, do I still need regular dental checkups?

Yes. If you are wearing braces, you still need regular dental checkups. The orthodontist will NOT check for cavities!

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