Traditional Braces FAQs
Do you have questions about traditional braces? Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we are asked! Please visit our Facebook page to have other questions you might have answered! We would love to “chat” with you and help ease any worries about getting traditional braces!!
Are braces painful?
The actual bonding of the brackets to your teeth is painless. When the orthodontic wire is added and tightened you may experience soreness for the following week that can be alleviated with over-the-counter pain medication. Applying orthodontic wax to brackets causing mouth sores that can occur while your mouth is getting used to wearing braces.
How long will I have to wear them?
On average, patients will wear their braces for one to three years, depending on the severity of their alignment issues.
Will my insurance cover the costs?
Most plans will not cover braces for patients 18 and over, but may offer partial coverage for children under 18. Cronauer and Angelakis also have financing options available to cover the costs of treatment.
Can I still eat what I want?
It is very important that during the period of wearing traditional braces that you avoid hard, chewy, crunchy and sticky foods. Failure to do so could extend the treatment period due to broken brackets and wires. Sodas and sugary drinks should also be avoided to prevent tooth decay.
Do they have to be silver?
No! With elastic ligature ties in pastels to bold colors, you can customize your braces with a wide palate of colors. You can even choose different colors for each tooth.
Will I have to have teeth removed?
Not all traditional braces wearers will be required to have teeth removed to undergo their treatment. This is only done when necessary to achieve the best outcome for your alignment issues.
What’s the best age to get braces?
It is recommended that a child have their first orthodontic visit around age 7 to determine if there will be conditions that will require braces or other orthodontic therapies. If braces will be required, they are usually put on when the child is between 10 and 12 years old.
Can I still play sports?
Yes, you will still be able to play sports, however it is highly recommended that you wear a mouth guard for high-impact sports like football or hockey.