We know you. We’ve seen your type a thousand times in our dental office in Sterling. You’re the man or woman who’s been living with a smile they’re embarrassed of; the row of crooked teeth that you’ve been dreaming about getting fixed. You’re the one who’s been wondering about adult braces but has been too busy or too worried about getting them to even ask the questions you’ve been running through your mind. Well, before you take the leap there are a few things you should understand about clear braces that may help you make that decision. As a preferred provider of Invisalign clear braces, we want you to be fully informed about braces, their functions and expected results.
- People of all ages can be viable candidates for dental braces. As long as your teeth and gums are healthy, there are very few reasons for not being able to have braces put on.
- Braces do more than straighten teeth. Sure, both standard and invisible braces do much for correcting crooked teeth but the function of your jaw and teeth are much more important than simple aesthetics. If your bite is offset in the slightest, over time, issues regarding jaw problems and ineffective food crushing and grinding can become exacerbated. Braces can help your teeth to more effectively line up, making speech and eating easier.
- Costs can vary widely. It probably comes as little surprise to find out that that pretty smile can cost a pretty penny. Cost is often a factor that caused many people to procrastinate having braces placed in the first place. Speak with your dentist about the varying types of dental braces and options for payment to lower the cost.
- Braces hurt. Traditional metal and wire braces are universally known to cause pain. Considering that they are slowly moving your teeth into new areas of your mouth, that shouldn’t come as a surprise. Invisalign braces can be an alternative to long-term braces however. Again, consult with your dentist to find out in you are a candidate for short-term or invisible braces.
- Your allergies make a difference. Those with nickel or latex allergies must understand that elements of traditional braces may preclude them from being able to wear braces. Be forthright with your dentist and divulge any and all health concerns.