Solutions for Straightening Teeth: From Teenage Years and Beyond
By the age of 13, most children have lost their baby teeth. Even before the last few of these teeth fall out and the majority of permanent ones emerge, it can be quite apparent where overcrowding or misalignment will occur. This period, as the permanent adult smile is still taking shape, is the ideal time to initiate orthodontic treatment.
While we are passionate about highlighting the natural beauty of a smile, the significance of orthodontic treatment extends beyond aesthetics. Misaligned teeth and an irregular bite can complicate proper cleaning, cause discomfort, and even lead to aches and pains. These issues can often be addressed with orthodontic treatment in as little as six months.
- Overbite: The upper teeth protrude significantly forward.
- Excessive Spacing: Presence of gaps or spaces between the teeth.
- Underbite: The lower teeth are positioned notably forward.
- Crowding: Teeth overlap or are too close, making flossing difficult.
- Crossbite: The bite does not align comfortably.
- Pain: Persistent headaches, jaw discomfort, or pain in the upper back and neck.
Orthodontic treatment might be beneficial for your teen if they exhibit any of the following:
Options for Orthodontic Treatment
Numerous treatment alternatives are available, catering to the individual needs and budget of the patient. Here are some of the potential options:
Upon hearing the word “braces,” you might instantly picture bulky metal brackets and wires. However, modern dental brackets have evolved to be smaller, less conspicuous, and equally effective as their older, bulkier counterparts. They are not only easier to maintain but also significantly more comfortable.
Should you be exploring options for braces, we also provide clear brackets, which are a popular choice among our young adult patients. These brackets are engineered to merge traditional orthodontics with subtlety. With just a fleeting glance, the braces remain unnoticed.
Clear aligners, like Invisalign, have swiftly risen in popularity. These consist of a series of custom-fabricated transparent trays designed to incrementally move teeth into the desired position. They fit snugly and with precision, offering the flexibility to be removed occasionally for eating, regular brushing and flossing, and special events such as school dances or class presentations.
The Cost Of Orthodontic Treatment In Cypress
With a standard insurance plan, the out-of-pocket costs for orthodontic treatment generally range between $3000 and $5000+. Following an oral examination, we can offer an accurate quote to help you determine the coverage provided by your insurance and ascertain your actual out-of-pocket expenses. Without insurance, the typical cost for orthodontic treatment usually falls between $4000 and $6000+.
- How is the cost of your orthodontic treatment determined, and why might it appear to be on the higher end?
- The present state of the patient’s oral health, encompassing teeth and gums.
- The extent to which the teeth need to be repositioned.
- The type of orthodontic treatment selected.
- The duration of the treatment.
Several factors come into play when evaluating the expense of orthodontics, including:
Since every smile is unique, the most effective way to determine the best treatment option and the associated out-of-pocket cost is to schedule a consultation. After a thorough examination, we can develop a personalized treatment plan for you, which will include an accurate estimate of both timeline and cost.
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to schedule an initial consultation & exam.
Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.
Frequently Asked Questions
Braces are not painful upon initial application. However, as they start adjusting your teeth, some level of discomfort might be experienced. Most patients describe this sensation as more of an annoyance than actual pain. That being said, if you do experience any discomfort or pain, please inform us! We have solutions available to ensure your treatment is as comfortable as possible.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to us immediately! There’s no need to wait until your next scheduled appointment.
For minor adjustments, orthodontic treatment can last as briefly as six months, but for the majority of patients, the duration of wearing braces ranges between six months and two years. A more accurate estimate can be provided following an oral examination.
Ideally, orthodontic treatment should commence in younger patients before the majority of adult teeth have emerged. If you’re a parent, we recommend scheduling a consultation for your teen. However, don’t fret! There are also orthodontic treatment options tailored for adults. It’s never too late to start.
Steer clear of foods that could potentially harm your braces, such as candy apples, caramel, or corn on the cob, as well as those that may be challenging to clean out of braces like caramel, gum, and popcorn. It may also be advisable to avoid foods high in sugar or acidity, as these can be harder than usual to clean off your teeth. Additionally, be mindful that clear braces can be stained by certain foods, including beets, curry, and kraft dinner.
Floss threaders and super floss have been specially designed for flossing around your braces or permanent retainers. We would be pleased to demonstrate how to floss with braces at your upcoming appointment.