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The Best Solution for Braces in Gainesville
If you suffer from overcrowded, uneven or misaligned teeth, our orthodontic dental services can be used to adjust the alignment of your teeth and create the most attractive appearance and the healthiest bite. Braces and other orthodontic appliances are often used to move teeth into the desired position gradually. This can prevent pain during the process, while ensuring the best results for you, your children or other family members. If you need braces in Gainesville, our dental office can provide you with the advanced orthodontic services you need to look your very best every day.
How Can I Get Braces?
To correct the misalignment of your teeth, you must work with a dentist who specializes in orthodontics. General dentists offer a full range of services to restore and repair teeth and to treat gum disease. Orthodontists study the structure, alignment and proper function of the teeth to learn how to adjust alignments and create the most appealing smile. Your braces dentist at our practice will assess the condition of your teeth and gums to design the most appropriate treatment regimen for your bite and your appearance.
How Are Braces Applied?
The first step in applying these orthodontic treatments is to clean and dry your teeth completely. Brackets are then attached to the surface of your teeth with bonding glue and allowed to dry in place. The process is the same for metal and ceramic braces. Wires are placed into the brackets and held in place by elastic bands to put gentle, but consistent, pressure on the teeth to move them into the desired position and align them properly for the straightest teeth and the most functional bite. Regular checkups with our dental team are required to make sure that the alignment of your teeth is progressing as expected throughout your treatment.
Different Types of Braces
You can choose from a number of different appliances to adjust the alignment of your teeth and enhance your appearance. Our dental team offers the following options:
- Traditional metal braces provide good results at a relatively low price. Because these dental appliances are often much easier to apply than some of the other options, they can often streamline the process and reduce the time needed by your dentist to complete this task.
- Ceramic appliances work in the same way as metal ones. These dental appliances may be less noticeable and allow you to have the most appealing smile.
- Invisible braces consist of transparent plastic trays that fit over your teeth and move them into alignment. In general, this orthodontic solution requires a number of aligner trays that are replaced on a regular basis. Each subsequent tray moves the teeth a little farther into the right position up to the final tray, which completes the process and achieves the ideal alignment for your teeth.
- Retainers are used on their own or as an aftercare solution for our patients after their teeth have been aligned with braces. These dental appliances consist of a plastic or acrylic upper portion or lower portion to which wires are attached. They put gentle pressure on teeth to shift them or keep them in place after your treatment has been completed.
Our dental team will examine your teeth and determine the best orthodontic solutions to resolve gaps in your teeth, crooked teeth and other issues that can mar your smile and reduce your ability to bite and chew comfortably.
How Much Do Braces Cost?
Many dental insurance plans cover at least some of the cost of braces and other dental appliances. Our team will work with you to make sure that your out-of-pocket costs are as low as possible throughout your orthodontic treatment. We also offer cost-effective payment options and financing options designed to help you manage the cost of dental care.
How Long Does It Take to Get Braces?
The initial process typically requires two hours or less to complete. This includes cementing the brackets, applying the wires and adding the elastic bands. The length of time you will need to wear these devices will vary depending on the amount of realignment required and the effectiveness of the pressure put on your teeth throughout the process.
Will I Need a Retainer After My Braces Are Removed?
Removing your braces should take about an hour. Our dental experts may recommend that you wear a retainer for a few months or even years after the braces are off. You can wear these dental appliances during the evening hours and remove them for work or school. This will keep your teeth in alignment during this critical period and provide lasting results for you and your family members.
At our dental office, we specialize in providing the orthodontic options you need to look your very best. Call us today to schedule a braces consultation with our team. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you to make your smile the best it can be.