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Dental Braces
A Lifetime of Smiles

Dental Braces

Midlothian Family Dentistry takes a compassionate approach to all of our dental and orthodontics care, but this is especially true when it comes to braces. We understand that getting braces may be a bit daunting for child, teen, or adult patients. Our practice is dedicated to providing each of our patients with exceptional care designed to provide you and your family with a lifetime of smiles. We look forward to helping you achieve exceptional oral health and your dream smile.

Braces for Children

The first step in determining if your child needs braces is to schedule an appointment. We recommend being proactive so it is never too early to schedule an orthodontics consultation, during which we will see if there are any issues or concerns before recommending a treatment plan. Perhaps the most common question we get regarding children’s braces is, at what age should my child get braces? While there is no set age for when a child can get braces, they are typically placed after your child’s permanent teeth have grown in. By addressing any concerns early on we can provide your child with a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Braces for Teens

At Midlothian Family Dentistry, we understand teenager’s reservations about orthodontics and work to make them feel comfortable with the journey ahead and the amazing benefits that come from wearing braces. It is ideal to get braces during the teenage years since there are several developmental changes that contribute to orthodontic treatment. Today’s braces for teens are all about personality and comfort. Our team will work with you to find the best alignment solution for your unique lifestyle and needs.

Braces for Adults

Having dental issues like misalignment can have significant negative effects on adults, including their health and social lives. Therefore, you cannot afford to ignore the problem. Teeth can be moved at any age, so there is no such thing as being too old for braces. Straight teeth provide a variety of health and mental benefits, including:

  • Reduction in general tooth decay
  • Decreased likelihood of developing periodontal disease
  • Decreased likelihood of tooth injury
  • Increased confidence in your smile

Traditional Metal Braces vs. Clear Braces

There are several factors to consider when you or a member of your family is considering braces, including how much they cost, how long the treatment lasts, and the appearance of the braces. While these are all important factors, the most important one is which option is the most effective for you. No two smiles are the same and therefore, no two orthodontics plans are the same. While there are some differences between traditional metal braces and clear braces, both are great options for those looking to straighten and correct their teeth.

Typically, metal braces are recommended when a patient requires more correction and realignment as they can move teeth very efficiently. Clear braces, which are commonly made from ceramic or plastic and are designed to be less visible, are commonly used when the corrections are somewhat minor.

Our experienced doctors and friendly staff are here to help you and your family explore all your orthodontics treatment options. Schedule a consultation to learn more about which braces are right for you. We look forward to helping you achieve exceptional oral health and your dream smile.

Dental Braces FAQs

Do braces hurt?

This is perhaps the most common question we get when discussing braces and while everyone’s pain tolerance differs, braces typically do not hurt patients. There may be some periods of discomfort as your braces are tightened, but there if often no pain associated with braces. You may notice increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods, and we remind patients to avoid sticky foods such as candy, which can get caught in your braces and cause some discomfort. If you are experiencing any oral pain, from our braces or for another reason, please give our office a call so we can assist.

How long do I have to wear braces?

The length of time a patient is required to wear braces is based entirely on their current bite and the amount of correction required. On average, a patient can expect to wear braces for about 18 months, but this can certainly vary. For example, if you only need to close a few gaps between teeth, you may only have to wear braces for six months. On the other hand, if you need to realign your teeth, your treatment may last up to two years. It is not uncommon for adults to have to wear braces for a longer period of time as their teeth are no longer growing. Our team will discuss your anticipated treatment length during your consultation to give you an idea of what to expect.

How do I clean my teeth with braces?

The best way to keep your teeth clean is to establish a strong oral hygiene routine. We recommend that patients with braces brush their teeth after every meal and floss at least once daily. The goal of frequent brushing and flossing is to ensure food does not get trapped in your braces. Additionally, you can use an interdental toothbrush, which is specifically designed for clearing any food debris from hard-to-reach places such as between wires and around brackets. As always, regular checkups and cleanings at our practice will help ensure you have a lifetime of full and healthy smiles.

Are braces covered by dental insurance and how much do braces typically cost?

The amount and type of coverage provided by a dental insurance plan can vary from patient to patient, so we encourage you to check your benefits with your insurance provider to determine if braces are covered in your current plan. During your consultation, our staff will discuss your insurance coverage and expected costs, as well as any available financing options to help ensure the cost does not prevent you from obtaining exceptional oral health. We are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about your dental insurance coverage and anticipated costs.