Are you or a family member contemplating braces? Advancements in orthodontics have come a long way which has led to a variety of orthodontic options being available. With that being said, traditional braces are still a great way to get the smile you’ve always wanted.
If your Surrey Orthodontist has recommended braces to correct an alignment or cosmetic issue, you might have some questions! Here are several questions that we get quite often:
What types of braces are available for me to choose from?
How long will I have to wear them?
Can I still eat the same foods as I have always done?
How much will the braces cost me?
Is financing available for orthodontic work?
Below are a few tips and tricks to help you prepare for your upcoming orthodontic work.
What types of braces are currently available to choose from?
There are several different types currently on the market. From the more traditional metal braces to the clear, plastic options, more people are electing to receive orthodontic treatment to address issues stemming from painful, misaligned teeth.
According to the American Association of Orthodontists, retainers, clear aligners, invisible, metal, ceramic, and micro braces each have their uses. “Orthodontists have the specialized knowledge to consider all possibilities, based on variables like your age, possible jaw imbalances, differences in the size of your teeth, and more.” They know what to use and when to use it and will work with you to make the best decision – for your best smile.“
How long will I have to wear braces?
The length and duration depend on several factors such as the severity of the alignment issue, as well as the user’s commitment to wearing the braces properly. On average, most adults wear braces between 16 -24 months with adolescents wearing them slightly longer – on average between 24 and 30 months, and again, depending on the severity of the gaps and alignment issues. Most experts agree that it’s best to wait until your child has most if not all of their permanent, adult teeth before wearing braces which typically is between the ages of 10 and 14 years of age. Ultimately your or your child’s unique needs and the situation will dictate the best time to start.
Can I still eat the same foods?
Healthy foods are always recommended for a great smile and eating a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables will not only help your teeth remain healthy but your gums as well.
Try to avoid hard, sticky foods, and especially those that require you to bite directly into them like foods such as apples, carrots, or corn on the cob. Chewy foods such as sticky candy like licorice or caramel, bagels, nuts, popcorn, or chips should also be avoided. Cutting food into smaller bites is also a good idea to avoid any issues.
How much do braces actually cost?
The cost of braces varies depending on the specific types of materials and treatment types needed to get the desired results for your unique situation.
Between the four basic types of braces: Metal, Ceramic, Lingual and Invisalign, you can expect to pay varying amounts. Price ranges are typically the same regardless of age as material and duration are really what drives the cost of this procedure.
As with any procedure, the best way to ultimately determine the price will be to book a consultation with your Surrey Orthodontist to help you attain your desired results and transform your smile.
Additional expenses such as retainers can also be expected with the cost varying by product type (and the occasional teenager accidentally throwing theirs away with their lunch tray).
Are payment plans available?
The thought of the cost of traditional braces can be a scary and daunting experience for many. But the benefits of good health and a beautiful smile can be well worth it. The confidence that comes with straight, healthy teeth is certainly priceless.
Will my insurance plan cover the full cost of braces?
Most dental plans cover orthodontic procedures and are either partially or fully covered by the plan. It is always best to consult with your Insurance agent before beginning any medical procedure to fully understand what is covered under your policy. Also, check with your orthodontist’s office to ensure they accept the insurance as well. Additionally, the Canadian Association of Orthodontics also has a lot of useful information to help you manage the expense of braces and successfully navigate the process.
Knowledge is power! Now that you have educated yourself and your family on the health and philological benefits of having strong, straight teeth, it’s time to do your homework. Schedule your consultation, and don’t be afraid to ask questions and seek out additional advice or quotations to ensure you are making the most informed decision for yourself and your family.