Frequently Asked Questions About Adult Braces
More and more adults are turning to braces, hoping to achieve the perfect smile and bite they have always dreamed about. Braces are a great option to straighten teeth, space out crowded teeth, and close gaps in your smile. However, the outcome of your teeth heavily depends on how well you care for your braces during treatment. Before committing to tooth correction, it is a good idea to know exactly what you are getting into to be better prepared.
Get answers below to frequently asked questions about braces and what is involved.
What options will work for my teeth?
If you are a candidate for braces, your Hamilton orthodontist will recommend an appliance specific to your dental needs. Options include bands, wires, and other fixed or removable corrective appliances. You may also have options for the latest technology such as Invisalign®.
How long will I wear them?
Your teeth are no longer growing, which means you may have to wear braces for a longer period of time, as they will shift slowly. The average adult wears braces for 18 months to three years. Once your braces are removed, you may need to wear a retainer to maintain the results of your treatment.
How do I take care of my teeth while my braces are on?
Brush your teeth by using a regular soft toothbrush. Brush down from the top and then up from the bottom on each tooth; always brushing away from your gums. Use a gentle sawing motion to work the floss on each side of the two teeth the floss is between. Be careful not to pull with too much force around the archwire.
How often will I need to come in for an office visit?
You may need to go in more frequently in the beginning so your dentist or orthodontist can adjust the braces and make sure you are taking good care of them. If your treatment is progressing well and you are properly caring for your teeth, your orthodontist might decide that you only need to come in every eight weeks. The frequency of visits varies for every individual case.
How much do adult braces usually cost?
Metal braces can cost from $5,000 to $6,000 on average. If you opt for non-metal braces, your out-of-pocket costs will likely be higher. Check your dental insurance coverage to see if your dental plan covers orthodontic treatment for adults and speak with your Hamilton orthodontist for an accurate quote.
Does your office offer payment plans?
The cost of your treatment will vary depending on your specific dental requirements. Once we complete a new patient exam and create a treatment plan for you, you will meet with a treatment coordinator to discuss the costs and payment plans available to you. We will work with you to create a payment plan that is tailored to your needs and budget.
Do you accept my insurance?
We bill claims directly to your insurance company. However, one-time emergency patients are required to pay in full when they visit Eastgate Dental Centre.
What happens after I get my braces off?
Don't expect to be completely finished with visits to the orthodontist! Almost all patients need to wear a retainer after they get their braces off to keep them from slowly shifting out of place. Your orthodontist will monitor your teeth alignment even after your braces come off.
Different types of braces
Metal braces/Traditional braces
These are the metal brackets and wires that are most commonly worn. However, modern brackets are smaller and less noticeable, and have new heat-activated archwires that use your body heat to help teeth move more quickly and less painfully than in the past.
Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces and have tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend into your teeth. Tooth-colored wires are also available and are even less noticeable.
Lingual braces are the same as traditional metal braces but the brackets and wires are placed on the inside of your teeth.
Invisalign® consists of a series of 18 to 30 custom-made, mouth guard-like clear plastic aligners, which are removable and replaced every two weeks.
Improve Your Overall Wellness through Orthodontic Treatment
At Eastgate Dental Centre, our goal is to help you choose a treatment option for braces that best suits your individual requirements and lifestyle, reduces your discomfort, decreases the frequency of your visits, and shortens your treatment time. Most importantly, we want to give you the confidence, self-esteem and quality of life that a great smile provides.
Schedule an appointment today at 905-560-2714 or contact us online. Your first visit with our Hamilton orthodontist will outline your treatment plan, treatment time and expected cost. We have proudly served the Hamilton, Stoney Creek, Grimsby and Greater Toronto Area since 1993. We look forward to providing for your families' orthodontic needs.