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Braces

Having crooked teeth can make you feel self-conscious about your smile and cause oral health issues such as tooth decay and gum disease.

Braces are a proven method of straightening misaligned teeth and making your oral health easier to maintain.

Improve Your Appearance and Your Health

Boosted Self-Esteem

Achieving a straight, symmetrical smile with braces encourages a more positive self-image and greater confidence.

Versatile Treatment

Treatment with braces is easily customizable to a variety of issues, from slightly crooked teeth to severe misalignment.

A Balanced Bite

When your teeth are misaligned, it can result in tooth wear, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, and other issues. Braces can restore comfort and benefit your long-term oral health.

A Doctor Can Examine Your Case and Recommend Treatment

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, you should have your first orthodontic consultation by age seven. However, it is never too late for adults to consider braces, especially with so many discreet options available. In general, you should see a dentist if you have issues such as: 

  • Overbite – The upper jaw protrudes farther forward than the lower jaw.
  • Underbite – The lower teeth protrude past the upper teeth.
  • Crossbite – The upper and lower jaws do not meet properly.
  • Open bite – Space remains between the upper and lower teeth when the jaws meet.
  • Gapped teeth – Teeth are spaced too widely apart.
  • Crowded teeth – Teeth are too close and, in some cases, overlap.

Your dentist will use x-ray images, impressions of your teeth and bite, and other information to design an orthodontic treatment that addresses your unique needs. 

But What about Invisalign®?

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, you should have your first orthodontic consultation by age seven. However, it is never too late for adults to consider braces, especially with so many discreet options available. In general, you should see a dentist if you have issues such as: 

  • Overbite – The upper jaw protrudes farther forward than the lower jaw.
  • Underbite – The lower teeth protrude past the upper teeth.
  • Crossbite – The upper and lower jaws do not meet properly.
  • Open bite – Space remains between the upper and lower teeth when the jaws meet.
  • Gapped teeth – Teeth are spaced too widely apart.
  • Crowded teeth – Teeth are too close and, in some cases, overlap.

Your dentist will use x-ray images, impressions of your teeth and bite, and other information to design an orthodontic treatment that addresses your unique needs. 

The Route to a Straighter Smile

  1. Consultation – During your first appointment, your orthodontist will examine your smile and create a personalized treatment plan.
  2. Spacer Appointment – About a week before bonding your braces, you will need to have spacers placed between your molars to make room for the orthodontic bands.
  3. Bonding Appointment – During this visit, your orthodontist will bond the brackets to the teeth and place the wire and bands.
  4. Adjustments – Throughout treatment, you will return to your orthodontist’s office periodically to adjust your braces. Treatment with braces usually takes between 18 and 24 months.
  5. Debonding Appointment – Once your treatment is complete, your orthodontist can remove your brackets and take impressions for your retainer.
  6. Long-Term Checkup – Your dentist will likely recommend scheduling an appointment about 18 months after your treatment ends to make certain that your teeth are remaining in their proper positions. 

Experience a Healthier Smile That Also Looks Great

It can take some time to get used to the sensation of being braces-free. Any inflammation, soreness, or sensitivity typically lasts only a few days. 

In addition to having a straighter smile, you can expect brushing and flossing your teeth to be much easier. Many patients also choose to enhance their results with teeth whitening or other cosmetic dentistry treatments. 

How to Best Maintain Your Newly Straightened Smile

Your orthodontic treatment is not over when your braces come off. Following removal, your dentist will provide a custom retainer to help keep your teeth in alignment. You should wear this on a nightly basis or as prescribed by your dentist. This is the best way to prevent your teeth from moving out of place and avoid needing re-treatment in the future.

You should also attend biannual visits with your dentist so he or she can monitor your smile. Impacted wisdom teeth and other issues can cause misalignment, so it is important for your dentist to address any possible complications before they start to affect your smile.

To keep your smile feeling and looking healthy after your braces are removed, you should also practice good oral hygiene at home. Brush twice and floss at least once every day.

The Cost of Braces

Braces cost between $3,000 and $10,000, depending on the extent of treatment and the type of materials used. The degree of correction needed, the experience of the orthodontist you choose, and even the area in which you live will also play a part in the overall cost of treatment. With a range of options available, your orthodontist can recommend the best type of braces for your needs, as well as a payment or financing plan to help you cover the price of your care. 

Your Treatment Timeline & the Severity of Your Misalignment

Today, there are several alternatives to traditional metal braces, including ceramic tooth-colored braces and clear aligners. Each option comes with its own cost.

Metal Braces

Traditional braces typically cost about $5,000 without insurance coverage. Minor cases of misalignment will generally cost less than more severe jaw-related issues.

Ceramic Braces

Tooth-colored ceramic braces are a popular choice for patients who are looking for a more discreet alternative. If you are interested in ceramic braces, you can expect to pay about $500 to $600 more than metal braces cost.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are attached to the back of teeth rather than the front. They function the same way as traditional braces, but are not visible when you smile. They are one of the more expensive forms of treatment, costing between $8,000 and $10,000. 

Clear Aligners

Clear aligner systems such as Invisalign are comparable in price to traditional braces. Invisalign is best suited to mild or moderate cases.

Your Choice of Braces Largely Determines Cost

  • Extent of Treatment – More complex cases of misalignment may require more specialized techniques. In addition, a longer treatment timeline will involve more trips to the orthodontist for adjustments.
  • Orthodontic Retainers – Another important consideration is the additional cost of retainers, which are necessary to maintain the results of orthodontic treatment. There are several types of retainers available, including fixed and removable. A fixed (bonded) retainer can cost between $250 and $500 per archRemovable retainers vary in price from $150 to $300 per arch.
  • Choosing an Experienced Orthodontist – As with any medical procedure, it is important to choose a reputable providerAn orthodontist with more experience may charge more for their services, but they may be able to provide a better result.
  • Geographic Region – The area you live in can impact the overall cost of treatment. In major metropolitan areas, especially those on either coast, costs are often much higher. This is because larger overhead costs translate to a higher price for orthodontic treatment.

Insurance Coverage & Financing Can Cover Out-of-Pocket Costs

In some cases, dental insurance will contribute to the cost of orthodontic treatment if straightening your teeth will provide a medical benefit. However, if you want braces simply to improve the appearance of your smile, your insurance will probably not provide coverage. Insurance is more likely to pay for braces for a child under the age of 18. 

Braces can be a significant investment when insurance does not apply. However, financing options and payment plans can help make treatment more affordable. Many doctors accept third-party financing with little or no interest, and others offer in-house plans to cover out-of-pocket costs. Talk to your dentist about your options.

An Investment with Valuable Returns

  • Healthier Smile – Straighter teeth are easier to clean, minimizing your risk of gum disease and decay.
  • Improved Confidence – If you’re confident in your smile, it can benefit nearly every aspect of your life.
  • A Lifetime of Benefits – Simply wear your prescribed retainer to maintain the results for years to come. 

Exceeding Your Expectations

Catering to all of your dental needs and desires.

Committed To Dental Excellence

Our team works hard to make sure every patient feels comfortable and listened to.

Experience & Care

Dr. Lamura is dedicated to providing his patients with innovative, high quality dental care.​​

Quality Treatment

We love to help our patients become happier, healthier and more confident.

Comprehensive

Dr. LaMura and his dental team are proud to offer comprehensive treatment planning covering all aspects restorative and cosmetic dentistry

Restorative Dentistry

The goal is to bring back your natural smile and prevent future oral health issues.