When you’re getting braces for the first time, it’s natural to have a few questions to ask your orthodontist so that you know what to expect once treatment starts. To ensure you’re covering all of your bases, our smile experts have provided some essential questions about braces that you should make sure are answered before you get started on your journey to your best smile!
What Braces Treatment Options Are Available?
All braces work to straighten your teeth effectively, but it’s still important to know the difference between the types of braces available. The key types of braces that you need to know about are Invisalign clear aligners and traditional braces. Traditional braces are made from metal, while Invisalign aligners are made from clear medical-grade plastic. Depending on the orthodontic practice you visit, there may also be additional options available, such as lingual (back of teeth) braces, so making sure you know all of the options available to you is important!
What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Each Braces Option?
As mentioned, Invisalign and traditional braces are the two main standard types of braces. The benefit of using Invisalign aligners is that they are much more discreet, removable, and comfortable. However, they may not be as effective if the patient struggles to wear the trays all the time. On the other hand, traditional braces are great because they are fixed in place, can still correct even the most complex of cases, and they are more fun and customizable than ever before, with options like gold braces, rainbow colors, etc. However, some may see the fact that they are not removable, more conspicuous, and a bit less comfortable due to the fact that they are in your mouth 100% of the time.
How Long Will Braces Treatment Take?
Generally speaking, people tend to wear both traditional braces or Invisalign for between 18 and 24 months. However, everyone’s orthodontic needs are unique, so the treatment process can oftentimes take less time or a bit more time than that. After your initial consultation, your orthodontist will be able to give you a pretty accurate estimate of your specific estimated treatment length.
How Effective Will Braces Treatment Be For Me?
When you decide to get braces, your primary concern will be making sure your teeth and bite are straightened properly. The good news is that your orthodontist will have your best interests at heart, and they will be able to recommend the best orthodontic treatment for your specific needs that will shift your teeth into proper alignment. The treatment will not only improve your aesthetics, but it will also help you to avoid future potential problems such as shifting, decay, and gum disease. According to statistics, nearly four million children in the US are orthodontic patients, and for the majority of them, getting braces has been reported to improve their oral health and confidence.
How Will My Life Change During Braces Treatment?
You’ll need to make some lifestyle adjustments based on the type of braces you choose. For instance, you may need to improve your hygiene by brushing your teeth more frequently and making sure your braces or clear aligners are clean. For patients who choose traditional braces, you may also have to make some minor changes to your diet, like avoiding very hard or sticky foods. Your orthodontist will also provide other recommendations that help improve the effectiveness of your treatment.
Got more questions to ask? We’ve got answers! When you book your FREE initial consultation at Mint Hill Orthodontics, Dr. Little will take the time to address all of your concerns and answer all of your questions – so contact us today to get started on smiling more confidently in 2022!