The best solution for crooked teeth is braces and retainers. Braces and retainers also help address misaligned bite, whether it be underbite or overbite.
Your preferred dentist or orthodontist can do a preliminary checkup or examination. The dentist or orthodontist will take impressions and photos of your teeth and also order an X-ray for your mouth and head. Based on the results of these examinations, the dentist or orthodontist will create a treatment plan. This will also help determine if you need either a removable retainer, braces or, in extreme cases, surgery.
Some frequently asked questions by patients are the following:
- What types of braces are available for me?
The best answer lies in the result of your dentist’s analysis of your preliminary examination. There is no one-size-fits-all solution with braces, so always make sure to listen to your dentist’s recommendation to know what customization will specifically address your needs.
- How do braces work?
In a nutshell, braces work using the pressure they continuously applies to teeth. Wearing braces over a period of time gives the bones time to change to a specific direction or shape.
- Will it be painful?
Some pain or discomfort is expected when wearing braces. Some adjustments made during the whole course may also cause your mouth to feel sore. However, common pain relievers can easily address this. If there is persistent pain, talk to your dentist or orthodontist about it to make adjustments to your braces.
- How long do I need to wear my braces?
There is no set time for wearing braces. It varies from one patient to another and depends on the recommendation of the dentist, which based on the problem to be corrected. On average, people wear braces from one to three years.
- How much do braces cost?
Average cost for braces is estimated at $5,000 but will vary depending on the type of braces you’ll need or your location.