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Traditional Braces – East Hartford, CT

The Tried and True Path to Straighter Teeth

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If you suffer from a degree of dental misalignment, you should certainly consult with a professional dental team about straightening your teeth. Not only can orthodontic treatment enhance your facial aesthetics, but it can also provide significant oral health benefits. Modern dentistry offers a number of teeth-straightening methods, but traditional braces remain one of the most popular and effective options. Get in touch with our office today to learn more about how they may be able to help you achieve a healthier, more attractive smile.


How Do Traditional Braces Work?

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When you first receive braces, small metal pieces called brackets will be bonded to your teeth. A wire, called an archwire, will attach the brackets to one another. Together, the brackets and wire will apply gentle, consistent pressure to your teeth in order to move them into their proper positions. Some patients require additional orthodontic accessories, such as small rubber bands, to achieve optimum results.  You will visit us periodically (every 6 – 8 weeks or so) so we can adjust the braces and monitor the movements of your teeth.

We will be able to provide you with details about your treatment journey after we have the opportunity to examine your teeth during your consultation. We will also be pleased to answer your questions about what you should eat and how you should clean your teeth throughout your time with braces.

Who Is a Candidate for Traditional Braces?

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Traditional braces are appropriate for a wide range of individuals. They are useful for both children and adults, and they can correct many different orthodontic issues, from the mild to severe. Some examples of problems they can usually address include:

Of course, traditional braces are not ideal for everyone. If you have mild to moderate dental misalignment and would prefer a more discrete way to straighten your teeth, ask us about Invisalign® clear aligners. Our goal is to create a treatment plan that meets both your needs and your preferences.

Benefits of Traditional Braces

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Some of the most outstanding benefits of traditional braces include:

Understanding the Cost of Traditional Braces

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Generally speaking, the cost of traditional braces in East Hartford is less than that of other orthodontic treatment options. However, since the exact price varies from person to person, you will have to visit us for a consultation to learn how much it will cost to straighten your teeth. Our team will also help you explore payment options, such as insurance and financing.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Traditional Braces

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Some factors that influence the cost of traditional braces include:

  • The complexity and severity of your dental misalignment. Complex and severe cases take more time, require more appointments, and typically use more accessories than simpler cases. Therefore, they tend to come with a higher cost.
  • Your age. The teeth of adults move slower than those of younger patients. Your age might extend your treatment timeline and lead to a slightly higher overall fee.
  • Your compliance with treatment guidelines. Missteps in treatment — for example, if you accidentally break your braces or fail to wear elastics as directed — can delay your final results and incur extra fees.

Professional Braces vs. DIY Braces: Which Costs More?

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You may have seen hacks on social media or other platforms detailing ways you can make “DIY” braces. These methods might use items like paperclips, dental floss, and even superglue to move the teeth. While they may seem like an intriguing way to save money, extreme caution is in order.

You could end up harming your teeth and gums. It is also possible that your teeth will move in the opposite direction that they should. Ultimately, you may end up having to pay more to correct the damage from DIY methods than if you had invested in professional treatment right from the beginning.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Braces?

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Dental insurance plans vary significantly in how they approach traditional braces. Some plans do not cover them at all, while others limit their coverage to patients under a certain age (usually 18 or 21). A few premium plans cover braces for adults. If yours does, your policy might pay for up to half of your treatment, up to the amount of its lifetime orthodontic maximum. For many patients, this allows them to save hundreds of dollars or more on their teeth-straightening service.

Options for Making Braces Affordable

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Beyond insurance, there are a few provisions that may make it easier for you to afford braces:

  • We periodically offer promotions that help patients save on orthodontic treatment. Contact us to learn if we have any current deals that you can take advantage of.
  • Most patients are eligible for low-interest financing through CareCredit.

Are you ready to learn more about braces and their cost? Our team is ready to answer your questions. Get in touch today to request a consultation.

Traditional Braces FAQs

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Our team is ready to help you straighten your teeth with traditional braces in East Hartford. Since this treatment requires a significant investment of time and money, however, we understand if you want more information before you commit to anything. To help you out, we have put together a list of answers to some frequently asked questions about braces. If you do not see your specific questions addressed, get in touch with us so we can personally assist you.

Am I Too Old to Get Braces?

In the eyes of many people, traditional metal braces are associated with childhood and adolescence. However, it is important to note that there is no upper age limit for this treatment. People in their 30s, 40s, and beyond have been able to benefit from it. In fact, close to one-quarter of orthodontic patients are adults!

Treatment is largely the same for both children and adults. However, adult treatment may take slightly longer. Also, while some insurance policies cover orthodontia for minors, they are less likely to do so for older patients. Our practice offers convenient payment options for adults who do not want to pay for the entirety of their braces upfront.

What Happens After You Get Your Braces Off?

Teeth have a sort of memory, which means that after your braces are removed, they may start to drift back into their original positions. To prevent this, you must wear a retainer. There are a few different types of retainers, including those that are removable and those that are fixed to the teeth. If you have a removable one, you should wear it full-time (20 – 22 hours each day) at first. Later, you may be able to wear it only at night. Eventually, you might need it for just a few nights each week.

How Long Do Traditional Braces Take?

Most cases take 1 – 3 years to complete. Your treatment timeline will depend largely on the extent of your dental misalignment; logically, more severe and complex cases take longer to correct. Other factors that can influence how long you will wear braces include:

  • Your age. Bone remodeling tends to slow down with age, which means that adults’ teeth are not as quick to move as those of children.
  • Compliance with treatment guidelines. Missteps and accidents like breaking your braces or forgetting to use certain accessories can delay the conclusion of your treatment.

Do Traditional Braces Hurt?

Some soreness is to be expected immediately after you receive your braces, as well as after any adjustment appointment. This happens because braces apply pressure to the teeth, which naturally can cause some discomfort. The metal brackets and wires of braces can also irritate the mouth’s soft tissues.

Here are some tips to help you cope with braces-related discomfort:

  • Use orthodontic wax to cover portions of your braces that irritate you.
  • Take OTC pain relievers as necessary
  • Sip on cold water.
  • Call your orthodontic provider if you experience any severe or unusual pain
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