When it comes to straightening teeth, braces are a time-tested method that has helped many people get the smile they’ve always wanted. While it’s common to get braces while the mouth and teeth are still developing (generally between the ages of 6 and 12), adults can benefit from this orthodontic treatment too. At Riccobene Associates Family Dentistry, we can create an effective braces treatment plan for you or your child to correct any alignment issues.
Braces for Kids
At our practice, our team provides both Phase I and Phase II orthodontic treatment. Phase I treatment involves using an orthodontic appliance for around 12 to 14 months to correct specific needs like buck teeth (formally called overjet), crossbites, or crowding. Phase II treatment is the second round of treatment that takes place after a patient has lost their baby teeth. This is to ensure they have proper bite and alignment, and it generally takes around 18 months or longer.
Braces for Adults
Braces aren’t just for kids. As long as you have good oral health, you can get a confident, beautiful smile with orthodontic treatment. A year or two of treatment can help you enjoy the benefits of straighter teeth for the rest of your lifetime. We like to say it’s never too late to make your teeth straight!
Does everyone have to get braces?
No! While it may seem like everyone has had braces at some point in their lives, only patients with tooth misalignment need to get orthodontic care. If you’re not sure whether or not your child needs braces, we recommend setting up a consultation at our practice.
What can braces fix?
Braces can correct a variety of different dental conditions, including crooked teeth, crowding, spacing issues, underbites, and overbites. One of the advantages of traditional braces is that they can be used for even severe cases of teeth misalignment.
Is it too late to have braces if I’m already an adult?
No! Braces are for both kids and adults. If you’re getting braces as an adult and you’re worried about having silver, noticeable brackets, don’t worry. We offer ceramic, tooth-colored braces so that you can discreetly straighten your teeth!
How long does braces treatment take?
The length of your braces treatment completely depends on your unique situation, as in how severe your teeth misalignment is. The general estimate is between one to three years. After your treatment is complete, it’s important to wear your retainer for the recommended amount of time each day to maintain your new, straight smile.
Are there foods I can’t eat while I have braces?
While there aren’t any prohibited foods, you do have to use caution for some foods that may get stuck in or potentially break your brackets and wires. These foods include:
- Chewy, sticky candy: licorice, gummies & chewing gum
- Hard foods: nuts, corn on the cob, apples & carrots
- Crunchy foods: popcorn & chips
How much do braces cost?
The price of braces isn’t always the same from case to case. At your braces consultation, we’ll assess your straightening needs, the estimated time you’ll need to wear your braces, and a few other factors before determining a cost breakdown for your treatment. However, once we do, we’ll also go over our financial options to help make your braces as affordable as possible!
To learn more about traditional braces or to get started on your path towards a straighter smile, schedule a consultation at one of our North Carolina dental offices!
Enjoy a Straight, Healthy Smile!
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