Braces will improve the aesthetics of your smile. However, they also help to prevent decay and gum disease that may result from being unable to clean crooked teeth properly. If your bite is also misaligned, this can lead to a number of problems, such as TMJ pain. When your braces come off, you’ll have an attractive smile with easy-to-clean teeth. Contact our office to schedule a consultation to discover how we can help you achieve nice, straight teeth.

Where Should I Go for Braces?

A dentist that makes you feel comfortable is an ideal place to begin. Since you will need frequent adjustments, you should also make sure that the staff is friendly and welcoming. If you’re looking for braces in Northern Virginia, call our dental office for a consultation. Our braces dentist can explain the various orthodontic appliances and help you select one that will help you meet your goals.

How Do Dentists Put Braces on?

Dentists put metal and ceramic braces on the same way. First, our dentist cleans and dries your teeth. Next, he or she glues the brackets to each tooth. Finally, our dentist places the archwire and secures it to the brackets with elastic bands. Getting braces isn’t painful, but your teeth may feel sore afterward. Our dentist may suggest an OTC pain reliever to help ease any discomfort.

What Are the Different Types of Braces?

Ceramic and metal braces work the same way, both use brackets and wires to move your teeth into alignment gradually. Clear or tooth-colored ceramic brackets are less visible; although, ceramic is more difficult to clean. Invisible braces don’t have brackets and wires; they use clear aligner trays you change every two weeks. The advantages of aligner trays are their invisibility and removing them to eat and to clean your teeth.

How Much Do Braces Cost?

Your final cost will depend on the braces or aligners selected, the severity of your alignment issues, and whether you have dental insurance that covers orthodontics. Call our office for a consultation and our dentist can provide you with an estimate for our affordable options and explain our financing options.

How Long Will It Take to Get Braces Put On?

You will be in the chair for one to two hours while the dentist puts on the brackets, wires, and rubber bands. It won’t hurt, but you may feel sore for a week or two after the procedure. Our dentist will explain how to ease any discomfort. Once your mouth adjusts, you won’t feel any soreness.

Will I Have to Wear a Retainer Afterward?

Most people need to wear a plastic or wire retainer for a year or two after their braces come off to keep the teeth from shifting out of alignment. Call our office to schedule a consultation and our dentist can explain how long it will take to straighten your teeth and how long you will need to wear a retainer to maintain your new smile forever.

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