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Answers to Common Questions About Braces

If you’re considering braces for your child, you probably have no end of questions!  That’s perfectly normal, and we’re happy to answer all your questions about braces, so you can make the best informed choices for your kids.  If you have a question we haven’t covered here, just let us know in the comments, and we’ll be happy to answer your question.

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Are braces worth it?

Absolutely! The end result of a beautiful, confident smile definitely makes braces worth it.

Are braces unattractive?

Nope.  Braces are not unattractive. There are clear braces and Invisalign options if the look of traditional metal braces aren’t your cup of tea.

Are braces sore to get on?

Braces are not really sore to get on. The traditional “soreness” comes a day or two after they are put on.

Are braces expensive?

Often times braces are made affordable with discounts, insurance payments and monthly payment plans.

Are braces magnetic?

Braces are not magnetic.

Are braces tax deductible?

Many people choose to pay for orthodontic treatment with money in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Saving Account (HSA).

Are braces considered cosmetic?

In some cases orthodontic treatment is considered cosmetic. However, in many instances it is important for oral health.

Are braces medically necessary?

Braces may be medically necessary in some instances. Each patient needs to be evaluated on a case-by-case- basis.

Can braces change your jawline?

Braces may change your jaw line slightly, but major changes usually require jaw surgery.

Can braces cause TMJ?

Braces do not cause TMJ. In rare instances they can exacerbate an underlying TMJ condition.

Can braces fix TMJ?

Orthodontic treatment can help relieve symptoms in some patients who have TMJ pain.

Can braces rust?

No. Braces are made out of a high-grade metal that won’t rust.

Can braces fix a narrow smile?

For sure! Creating an attractive broad smile is routine in orthodontic treatment.

Can braces cure lockjaw?

Braces are usually not the solution to curing lockjaw.

Can braces fix underbite?

Absolutely braces are an effective way to address common underbites. However, there is a limit to the magnitude of an underbite that can be fixed with braces.

Can braces fix an overbite?

Definitely, but there is a limit to the magnitude of an overbite that can be fixed.

Can braces cause root canals?

Braces almost never cause the need for root canals.

Can braces change the shape of your face?

Braces can change the shape of your face to some degree.

Can braces fall off?

Yes. With eating crunchy and hard foods, or with playing with the braces, they can sometimes fall off of a tooth.

How are braces put on?

They are bonded to the surface of a tooth with a special dental adhesive.

How are braces tightened?

There are different sized wires that connect the braces together that cause the sensation of “tightening.”

What do braces feel like?

Braces usually feel strange for a few days and then patients get used to them.

What’s the best color for braces?

There is no single best color for braces. Some people decide to go bright and bold, while others decide to make them clear.

What braces color is least noticeable?

Clear braces are the least noticeable for sure.

Which braces work fastest?

There is no single brace that works fastest. It depends on each individual’s treatment needs and circumstances.

Are braces better than Invisalign?

One really isn’t better than the other. The best option depends on what needs to be corrected.

Will braces help gum recession?

In some cases, braces can move teeth into better positions for the gums.

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This blog serves to provide general information about dentistry topics to help answer your questions. The above content is for informational purposes but is not intended to be a replacement for medical advice from a licensed pediatrician or pediatric dentist. If you have a dental concern for yourself, your child or another adult, please schedule a consultation with us so you can speak with a dentist.

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