Considering Braces? Talk to Your Coral Springs Dentist.
Considering Braces? Talk to Your Coral Springs Dentist.
Perhaps as an adult, you are now considering having braces put on your teeth? Have you noticed that your teeth are not as straight as you would like or maybe you have spaces that are not so good looking! You don’t want the ugly metal braces that you remember from the past, but what are the choices? When you visit our Coral Springs Dental office, we will be happy to discuss with you the alternatives available as well as costs, length of treatment, and typical results.
What Options Does Our Coral Springs Dentist Provide for Braces?
Let’s review the reasons that most people opt for braces an adult. Perhaps your parents could not afford them, and now that you have a good dental plan, you have decided it is time. If your teeth are not straight, or if your teeth are crooked or misaligned braces may be the way to go. Many people also get braces when their bite is not accurate which in turn causes jaw problems and issues with chewing their food properly. Some patients also choose to get braces when their teeth seem to be overcrowded or simply if they do not like their smile. With the many options available these days, our Coral Springs dentist can discuss with you the best way to go. Options such as invisible braces are very popular and common. These types of braces allow you to remove them when you want to. The way these braces work is by the dentist “fitting” your teeth for the aligners by creating a mold. Aligners will then be custom made to tightly fit over your teeth. Aligners are usually made from a clear plastic or an acrylic material, so you won’t need to be concerned about the ugly metal when you smile. Depending on the severity of your issue will determine the treatment time. The time is generally based on how much your teeth need to be moved or how off your “bite” is. If you did not have braces as a child the typical treatment period is around 24 months at the most, however, if you did have braces and you have noticed that your teeth have simply shifted then the aligner treatment may just be for under a year. During the treatment time, you will need to switch out the aligners every few weeks to allow the teeth to be moved into the chosen position. The great thing about invisible aligners is that you can take them out when you are eating, brushing your teeth, or even at a social event. Aligners are most commonly suggested by our Coral Springs dentist if you have mild or moderately crowded teeth or have some spacing issues. They are not recommended for those who have severe problems and are not suggested for people with severe underbites, overbites or teeth that cross each other.
Another option is braces. Modern braces work like traditional braces but without the ugly metal. The new choices for braces also include ceramic braces and lingual braces. Ceramic braces are virtually transparent. They are made of ceramic alloys and won’t give you the “metal mouth” look. Ceramic braces can be blended with the color of your natural teeth so that they are way less noticeable and the ties are made up of clear elastic or white. With the ceramic brackets, you will notice that they do not stain, however, the elastic ties will, so you would need to be careful of what you eat and drink. People who drink coffee or smoke cigarettes will notice discoloration of the ties, but the great part is that you will get these ties changed whenever an adjustment is needed, which is typically every month. Now, ceramic braces do have disadvantages. Think about this, do you have dinnerware that is ceramic? What happens if you bump the side of the dish or plate? It will usually chip or crack. Ceramic braces are brittle and require care. If you are known to have teeth grinding habits, the ceramic braces would not work well for you. If you have this habit, first mention it to your Coral Springs dentist so he can offer some tips and advice, then consult with him as to if the ceramic braces are best for you. Ceramic braces are also more expensive than traditional metal braces, usually by around $1000. Lingual braces work the same way as traditional metal braces but are on the inside of your teeth not on the outside. This is a great factor when you don’t want everyone to see the braces, however, they do tend to be a bit uncomfortable and are a bit harder to clean. In most cases, with the Lingual braces, the adjustments will take longer and for many people, it takes longer to get used to wearing them. Lingual braces also do cost more than traditional braces, but if you want to straighten your teeth without everyone noticing that you have braces, this may be the best way to go. Now for traditional braces. If you don’t mind the look that they provide, know in the end, the results will be great, and you will be saving money! With any type of braces, the length of time will depend on the severity of the problem. When you talk to your Coral Springs dentist, you can discuss with him what option will best for you.
Can Braces at Our Dental Office in Coral Springs Be Financed?
At our Coral Springs dental office, we offer our clients a number of finance options so that you won’t need to worry about the cost of having a much needed or wanted procedure. We offer several financing and payment options and we accept most dental plans including many PPO’s. When you are ready to get the best smile possible, give us a call to set up an appointment. Our knowledgeable office staff will even help you to fill out the insurance forms to ensure that you are getting the most from your benefits.