At DaBell & Paventy Orthodontics, getting braces is not difficult – in fact, it is a very smooth process. When you know what to expect, you can look forward to getting your braces worry-free. Our top-rated orthodontists are here for you every step of the way!
Types Of Braces
Our orthodontists offer many options to help you or your child attain a healthy smile with straight teeth! We are here to help you assess the options and find the best type of braces for you.
Read the descriptions below for braces and clear aligners options and then call one of our DaBell & Paventy Orthodontics offices today. Remember, we are open for extended hours during the summer!
Metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable and efficient today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colors for a more unique and colorful smile!
Clear aligners, like Invisalign®, are a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable trays that have teeth straightening abilities, like braces. Not only are the aligners invisible, but they are also removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing are less of a hassle! The aligners are comfortable and have no metal that could cause mouth abrasions during treatment.
Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger and are more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more often on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.
Modern technology allows your orthodontist to use a special process and materials to glue the braces right to the surface of the teeth. We don’t have to remove any part of the tooth or drill holes in the tooth to do this – they stick right to the outside of the tooth. This process usually takes about 15-45 minutes depending on how many teeth are receiving braces. It is as easy as 1-2-3!
Prepping Your Smile
We have to prepare the enamel surface of the teeth for the glue. Enamel is typically very smooth, but when you put a type of tooth conditioner on the enamel, our orthodontists are able to stick brackets right to the surface. Using this tooth conditioner, we prepare each tooth that’s going to have a brace on it for the glue.
Drying Your Teeth
Second, we have to get the teeth very dry. Braces won’t stick to wet teeth, so after we condition the teeth, we initiate the drying process. Obviously, this means the rest of your mouth gets dry, too, which is kind of annoying – but it doesn’t last too long!
Applying Your Braces
After your mouth is fully dry, we apply the glue, which comes in two parts – one part goes on the tooth and one part goes on the braces. Finally, we put the braces on each tooth in a very specific and precise position so that the teeth will move where and how we want them. Our orthodontists shine a special light on each tooth that makes the glue hard – and that’s it. Process complete!
How Much Do Braces Cost?
Braces are not cheap – but they are one of the best investments you can make in yourself and in your children! So, while the cost of braces is not trivial, the value is tremendous and well worth the cost.
We never want you to avoid treatment due to braces cost. There are several ways to make braces affordable for almost any budget!
Average Cost Of Braces
At DaBell & Paventy Orthodontics the cost of braces can run anywhere from $1500 to $6000 depending on the patient’s circumstances. For an average patient getting full upper and lower braces, the price is usually between $4500 to $5500. The cost of adult braces is usually comparable to the braces cost for teenage patients. The price depends more on the difficulty of the treatment than on the age of the patient.
Beware of “cheap braces!” You get what you pay for – and you don’t want a cheap smile or a cheap experience. That being said, our orthodontists know that affordability is important, and we work with every patient and family to make braces as affordable as possible.
Life With Braces
Now that you have your braces, how do you take care of them? It’s important that you take care of your braces throughout your entire orthodontic treatment.
Foods To Avoid With Braces
- Chewy foods — bagels, licorice
- Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice
- Sticky foods — caramel candies, taffy
- Hard foods — nuts, hard candies
- Foods that require biting into — corn on the cob, apples, carrots
Foods You Can Eat With Braces
- Dairy — soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
- Bread — soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins without nuts
- Grains — pasta, soft cooked rice
- Meats/poultry — soft cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
- Seafood — tuna, salmon, crab cakes
- Vegetables — mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans
- Fruits — applesauce, bananas, fruit juice
- Treats — ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, soft cake
Soreness Caused By Braces And Appliances
When you first get your braces, you may notice that your teeth and mouth feel a little tender or sore. This is perfectly normal and we promise your mouth will not be sore forever!
To relieve the pain, our orthodontists recommend dissolving one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water. Swish and gargle this solution in your mouth for just a couple of minutes (do not swallow the saltwater).
If the pain is more severe and does not go away after rinsing, you can also try taking a pain reliever. It is also not uncommon for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become used to the braces. Our team is happy to give you some wax that you can put over the braces to lessen the tenderness. If you need some wax, please let us know.
If your teeth begin feeling a little loose, don’t worry; this is normal! Your braces must first loosen your teeth to move them into the right position. Once your teeth have been repositioned, they will no longer be loose.
Loose Wires And Bands
The wires and bands on your braces may come loose. If this happens, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can check and repair your appliance. If any piece of your appliance comes off, be sure to save it and bring it to the office with you.
You can temporarily fix the loose wire by using the back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil to carefully and gently push the wire back into place. If the loose wire is causing irritation to your lips or cheeks, put wax or a wet cotton ball over the broken wire to relieve the discomfort.
Take Care Of Your Braces
Damaged braces can increase the length of your treatment process, so be sure to take care of all your appliances. Your teeth and jaw can only move into their correct positions if you consistently wear the rubber bands, retainer, or other appliances prescribed by your orthodontist.
Playing Sports With Braces
Game, Set, Match — we have great news for athletes. You can still play sports even while undergoing orthodontic treatment! If you do play sports, it’s recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth and your braces. Let your doctor know if you need help finding the right mouthguard for the best protection.
In case of a sports emergency, be sure to immediately check your mouth and braces for damage. If you notice any loose teeth or braces, please contact our office right away. You can temporarily relieve the discomfort by applying wax or rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater.
Schedule Your Braces Consultation With DaBell & Paventy Orthodontics Today!
If you have questions about braces, including braces cost, treatment, and care, call one of our Spokane-area offices today. A free consultation with our orthodontists can help you determine if braces could give you a straight, healthy smile!