Braces Basics The Newtown Dentistry Way
Dental braces are designed to straighten or move the teeth to improve how they look and work. At Newtown, we firmly believe that everyone deserves a beautiful smile! Our Board-Certified Orthodontists, Dr. Heather Albert and Dr. Guy Coby have decades of combined experience treating patients of all ages. In addition to their warm and friendly demeanors, our orthodontists are experts in explaining all the nuances of braces. They invest time to listen to the personal smile goals of children, parents, and adults to provide customizable treatment for everyone.
As part of your personalized braces treatment plan, your orthodontist may recommend traditional metal braces or ceramic braces. Personal preferences combined with treatment costs are always considered when determining the types of braces for each patient.
How do Braces Work?
In addition to straightening and moving your teeth, braces can also correct:
- Large gaps between the teeth
- Overlapping teeth (overbites, underbites, and overjets)
To assess what type of braces are an ideal option for you (or your child), our orthodontists will perform a consultation. During this appointment, X-rays will be taken. This helps your orthodontist develop a treatment plan, place the braces, and evaluate your progress throughout treatment.
The next orthodontic appointment will include the placement of the braces(brackets and wires). In some cases, an additional visit may be required to extract a tooth or teeth for optimal treatment results.
During the placement of braces, your orthodontist:
- Attaches the stainless steel or tooth-colored ceramic brackets to the teeth
- Connects the brackets and bands with a flexible “archwire”
- Uses small rubber bands or metal ties to affix the metal wires to the brackets (we have several fun color choices from which to choose!)
How Long Does Treatment Take?
Once braces have been placed, you or your child will have routine appointments to adjust and tighten the braces. Although it varies, a full traditional braces treatment can typically take anywhere from 18 to 36 months to complete.
Do Braces Hurt?
Not usually! They may cause your teeth to feel a bit sore, especially when first placed and after tightening. But, often a mild pain-reliever can reduce discomfort.
How Much do Braces Cost?
Some types of dental insurance may partially cover orthodontic treatment, such as braces. We will discuss the cost of treatment and options for payment during your consultation. We offer in-house, interest-free financing and will handle the processing of your insurance claims to help you maximize your benefit. We also have a partnership with Care Credit, in case you need help with payment arrangements. You can fill out an online Care Credit application here.
If you would like to speak with us about braces, schedule your appointment now. Or, call us any time at (215) 504-5437.