Braces Frequently Asked Questions
1. How much do braces cost?
It is difficult to accurately estimate the cost of orthodontic treatment without a full assessment by one of our orthodontists. Depending on what type of braces you get, the complexity of your orthodontic issues, the length of your orthodontic treatment and whether you choose accelerated treatment, one can expect the treatment to cost to range from $3,000 to $10,000.
2. How long do I need to wear braces?
Treatment time is based on the complexity of the orthodontic issues and treatment compliance. In cases where tooth alignment issues are relatively minor, treatment could be as little as six months or less with our accelerated treatment options, but in more difficult cases, up to three years. This does not include the time you may be required to wear a retainer to ensure your teeth remain in their final position as your bone readjusts to the new position(s).
3. Are braces painful?
Typically braces are not painful, but there can be some soreness and tightness when braces are first put on, and when they are periodically adjusted. The adjustments are made to gradually move the teeth into their ideal positions, so this tightness or pressure is most often felt after adjustment. If you experience more than what would be considered a normal amount of discomfort we recommend that you contact your orthodontist immediately.
4. Are there foods I should avoid?
With braces there are definitely certain foods to avoid, notably those that are hard, or sticky. It is possible for these foods to do damage to your braces, which could extend your treatment time. Another aspect to eating sticky and sugary foods is that they can create a lot of problems for you in keeping your braces clean and free of debris. Flossing is already more difficult with conventional braces, but is made more difficult with foods that stick to them, or work their way into gaps becoming difficult to remove.
5. What is a retainer?
A retainer is a device that is worn after orthodontic treatment to help keep your teeth in the position your orthodontist has determined as ideal. Most often retainers are removable, but permanent retainers are available, if necessary.