Orthodontic Braces: FAQ
If you’re considering braces for yourself or your child, you probably have a lot of questions. Here are some common questions that patients often have, along with their answers. If you have more questions, feel free to call us or your orthodontist to learn more.
Are There Age Limits for Braces?
Most orthodontists like to look at a child’s teeth by the time they are seven years old. This is so any early work can be done before the child’s permanent teeth are all in and while the jaw is still growing. If you didn’t have your child evaluated during early childhood, though, it’s not too late at all. Teenagers and adults routinely get braces, so go ahead and make the appointment now.
Do I Still Need Braces If I Am Happy Enough With My Smile?
If a dentist or orthodontist has suggested that you need braces, it might be that without them, you’ll be at risk of developing tooth decay or tooth loss. Orthodontic work does often result in a beautiful smile, but that’s not always the primary reason: There are some misalignments that can cause issues later, so it’s best that they’re treated now.
Is Getting Braces Expensive?
Everyone’s treatment is individualized, so everyone’s cost will be a bit different. Some orthodontic work might be covered by your dental insurance. If the misalignment is causing a medical issue, it might even be covered by your medical insurance. And many orthodontists arrange financing, either through their own office or through a third party. There are many options to help you make your care affordable.
Does Getting Braces Hurt?
Getting the actual braces put on is not painful; it might be a bit uncomfortable if you need bands on your molars. Once you leave the office, however, you’ll be a bit sore for a few days while your mouth acclimates to the foreign objects. Also, after each adjustment, you might experience a few days’ of discomfort. The discomfort is usually mild and responds well to over-the-counter pain relievers.
How Long Do Braces Take to Work?
You might wear braces for just a year or you might have them on for several years. Again, it’s all individual and depends on your anatomy and also how closely you follow the instructions that the orthodontist gives you.
If you are thinking about having braces or you’ve already been told that you or your child needs them and you have questions, please give us a call!