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Are You a Candidate for Braces in South Ocala?
If you are embarrassed by crowded, uneven, or crooked teeth, it may be time to talk to one of our skilled dentists about orthodontic treatment. Braces are an effective way to correct jaw and tooth alignment. The following are a few of the most common questions that we get from patients about getting braces in South Ocala.
Do I Need a Specialized Braces Dentist?
Choosing the right provider for your orthodontic treatment is both a medical and a financial decision, so trust and experience are important considerations. Our dentists have extensive experience treating a wide range of orthodontic issues and will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that works for your needs and budget.
What Is the Procedure for Getting Braces?
Regardless of the type of braces that you choose, the process for attaching them to your teeth is essentially the same. The dentist or orthodontist starts by cleaning and drying your teeth. Once the teeth are prepped, the brackets are attached using a special bonding glue. The dentist then threads the archwires through the brackets and secures them in place using elastic bands. The process generally takes one to two hours.
Do You Offer Different Types of Braces?
We offer an array of orthodontic treatments to suit different needs and budgets. Traditional metal braces that use brackets and wires are the most common and budget-friendly. We also offer ceramic braces that work the same way as traditional braces, but they are typically clear or white so that they are less noticeable. If you are looking for a discreet treatment option, we also offer invisible braces, which use a series of clear aligner trays to gently shift the teeth into the correct position. Not only will no one know that you are wearing the aligners, but you can also remove them to eat and clean your teeth.
How Much Do Braces Cost in South Ocala?
The cost of your orthodontic treatment will be determined by a number of factors, including the severity of your orthodontic issue, the specifics of your insurance coverage, and the type of braces you choose. We will provide you with an outline of your cost once you and your dentist have agreed on a treatment plan. If you have dental insurance, we recommend that you ask your insurer about the orthodontic benefits offered under your plan. We also offer convenient financing options to make your treatment as affordable as possible.
How Long Will I Have to Wear My Braces?
The length of your treatment will depend on the severity of your dental issue; however, most patients wear their braces for one to two years.
Will I Have to Wear a Retainer After My Orthodontic Treatment?
We generally recommend that patients wear a retainer following orthodontic treatment to ensure that their teeth remain in the proper position. In most cases, patients wear their retainers overnight for several years following their treatment.
How Do I Care for My Braces or Retainer?
Good oral hygiene is extremely important during orthodontic treatment. The brackets, wires, and rubber bands can trap food particles and bacteria, which can lead to plaque development, cavities, and even stain the enamel of your teeth. We recommend brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste after every meal and snack, and flossing daily. Your dentist can recommend products, such as floss threader and proxabrushes, to make it easier to clean between your teeth and the various bits of hardware.
You should clean your retainer every time you brush your teeth, using a soft-bristled brush without toothpaste. You should also disinfect the retainer once a week by soaking it in an over-the-counter denture cleaner.
Do I Have to Avoid Certain Foods or Activities During Orthodontic Treatment?
While you can safely eat most foods during orthodontic treatment, you should avoid foods that can damage or loosen the hardware or get stuck between the brackets and wires, such as:
- Corn on the cob
- Extremely chewy foods, such as caramel and taffy
- Apples, bagels, and other foods that are difficult to bite and chew
- Hard foods, including nuts, popcorn, carrots, and hard pretzels
If you engage in sports or other activities where there is a chance of a mouth injury, you should talk to your dentist about getting a mouth guard to protect your mouth and the braces hardware.
Is Orthodontic Treatment Painful?
It is normal to experience some minor soreness after getting your braces or following an adjustment. The discomfort can usually be remedied by using over-the-counter pain relievers or local anesthetics, such as Orajel. In most cases, the discomfort will resolve in about a week.
If you are ready to improve the health and aesthetics of your smile, call today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced and knowledgeable dental professionals.