Are your teeth misaligned? Problems like gapped teeth, crowded teeth, and bite issues may negatively affect both your self-confidence and your oral health. Traditional braces might be able to help! They have already enabled countless patients to experience the benefits of improved dental health and more attractive facial aesthetics. Braces are suitable for individuals of practically any age, including both children and adults. Here at New Haven Dental Group in Hamden, we are proud to offer this highly effective orthodontic treatment.
Traditional braces use brackets and wires to move the teeth. The brackets are bonded to the teeth, and a wire connects the brackets. Over time, the braces apply consistent, gentle pressure to the teeth to reposition them. In many cases, braces work alongside other orthodontic appliances to ensure to the best possible final results. The treatment time varies from patient to patient, but on average, braces take about 18 – 36 months to complete their job.
Traditional metal braces are a versatile treatment that can address most types of dental misalignment, including both mild and severe issues.
Overlapping, crowded teeth can make oral hygiene a challenge, and they can interfere with occlusion (bite). They also negatively affect facial aesthetics. Traditional braces, potentially along with extractions, are able to relieve overcrowding.
Spaces between the teeth can make speaking and chewing more difficult than they should be — and that is in addition to their unattractive appearance. Braces may be able to move the teeth and close those unsightly gaps.
Various types of malocclusion (bad bite) can put the health of the teeth at risk and even lead to problems with the jaw joint. Traditional braces are often able to correct many kinds of malocclusion, including overbite, underbite, and crossbite.
Some of the benefits that traditional braces offer include:
The cost of traditional braces in Hamden depends on the projected duration of treatment, as well as whether you require any additional orthodontic appliances. Our team will give you an estimate for the price of your braces when you attend your consultation. We will also talk about payment options with you. Your insurance might cover a portion of the cost of your treatment. We also periodically offer promotional pricing on orthodontia.
The price of traditional braces depends on a few factors, including:
You may have seen some DIY orthodontic “hacks” on social media websites or other platforms. Such tricks might involve using household items, like paperclips, fishing line, and dental floss, to move the teeth. While you might be tempted to try DIY methods on your own teeth in order to save money, extreme caution should be exercised for several reasons:
A handful dental insurance policies cover braces. In some cases, only minors may be eligible for coverage. For a number of higher-end plans, however, adult orthodontia may also be covered. When braces are covered, you can usually expect insurance to pay for about half of their cost, up to the amount of a policy’s orthodontic maximum. If your plan does not apply to braces, you might use your flexible spending account or healthcare savings account to lower your out-of-pocket costs instead.
In addition to helping you with insurance, our practice offers a few provisions that might make your braces treatment easier to afford:
To learn more about how we can help you manage the cost of a straighter smile, get in touch with us today to schedule a consultation.
When you are ready to get started with braces in Hamden, our team is prepared to assist you. In the meantime, though, you may be curious about this treatment. To help you find answers to your most pressing questions, we have put together the following brief list of FAQs. If you do not see the information you were looking for, give us a call. We enjoy helping our patients be well-informed about all of their treatment options.
While it is normal for braces to be thought of as a treatment for teens and children, they are actually quite common among adults. There is no upper age limit for braces, and treatment for younger and older patients is basically the same. The biggest difference is that it may take slightly longer for the orthodontia to complete its work because adults’ teeth tend to move more slowly than those of younger individuals.
Braces are popular among adults because they are quite cost-effective. Plus, convenient financing is available to make them accessible for most families’ budgets.
At first, getting braces on just the top or bottom teeth may seem like a convenient way to save money. However, it is rarely possible to perform single-arch treatment. When the teeth in either the upper or lower jaw move, the teeth in the other jaw should move as well. If they do not, bite alignment problems could easily result. Bite problems, in turn, can contribute to issues like TMJ disorder, chewing difficulty, and worsened facial aesthetics.
Teeth have a sort of “memory,” so once your braces come off, your smile will want to drift back to its original position. Fortunately, this can be prevented with a retainer. A retainer is a small, custom appliance that applies slight pressure to the teeth in order to keep them in place. If your retainer is removable, you should be diligent about wearing it for 20 – 22 hours each day for at least a few months. Later, you might be able to progress to wearing it only a few nights each week.
The average treatment time with braces is 18 – 36 months. How long it takes to straighten your teeth will depend on a few factors, including:
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