How do braces work?

The most common type of braces are traditional braces.  Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. Once the metal brackets are glued onto your teeth, a metal wire is inserted that will be held by the brackets. During each appointment, your braces will be tightened to further align your teeth. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.

How long do you have to wear braces?

Every case is unique. Some people may wear braces for only 6 months while others may need them for over 2 years. Typically, traditional braces will need to be worn between 18 months and 2 years. A few factors that may contribute to wearing braces for a longer period of time include dental conditions such as malocclusion, gaps, and overlapping teeth. The entire process can take longer if a patient must go through the two-phase treatment to correct issues of crowding or removal of teeth.

Are braces painful?

For the most part, braces shouldn’t be painful. When most patients get their braces affixed for the first time, they may feel some soreness from the pressure being placed on the teeth. This discomfort typically only lasts for 1-2 days until the teeth adjust to their new position. The metal brackets and wires are also known to cause mild discomfort if they poke into the mouth. Patients can use wax to keep sharp objects from protruding into their mouths. If there is severe pain, see an orthodontist immediately. Braces are meant to help you, not hurt you!

What age do people get braces?

Adolescents and teenagers between the ages 12 and 18 are popular recipients of the treatment because their adult teeth are still developing and easier to mold into shape. However, anyone can get braces! Braces can improve your confidence and dental health. They can align the teeth to prevent teeth grinding and allow people to clean their teeth better. It’s completely normal to get adult orthodontics and it can even be beneficial for people to wait until after they remove their wisdom teeth.

Can I eat normally with braces?

Braces are meant to add little to no obstruction to your everyday life, but keeping that in mind, there are foods that should be avoided to produce the best results. Overly acidic foods should not be eaten to prevent the corrosion of glue that holds the metal brackets to your teeth. Sticky and crunchy foods such as caramel and apples should also be eaten sparingly due to the issue of cleaning each individual bracket.

Are braces covered by my insurance?

When you come in for your complimentary consultation, we can verify if your insurance covers the cost of your procedure. If you would like to make sure, please contact your provider to see what amount of costs will be covered.

At Orthodontics LA, our orthodontists will create a custom treatment plan, so you can achieve the beautiful results you want. We have orthodontic offices in Encino and Glendale, so stop by for a complimentary consultation today!