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Ready for braces? Here’s what you need to know

July 31st, 2014

Let's face it - being treated with braces is not cheap. The cost of being fitted with braces and the ongoing treatment can be significant, especially if the problem is severe. Having braces is an investment in yourself, however, and the payoffs can be great. Wearing braces will help reduce overcrowding. This is especially true with children who have teeth that are still growing. Having a proper bite can aid with digestion and can even help the patient breath better. Overall oral health can improve sleep as well. Of course, an immediate benefit of having straighter teeth is a better smile. This is an improvement in the patient's overall appearance which can then lead to a boost in self confidence.

cute girl smiling with braces

If you are considering treatment with braces and wish to consult with an orthodontist, there are a few things you should know about dental insurance for braces. Not every insurance plan will cover orthodontics unless undergoing treatment is a medical necessity. If you have a dental plan and have selected orthodontics coverage, you can reduce the braces cost, although there may be some additional out-of-pocket expenses associated with treatment. While adult orthodontic insurance is available, children under the age of 18 may be covered under their parent's insurance policies. The cost of braces with insurance should be somewhat reduced by this coverage

After the initial consultation with the doctor, the patient is advised of the recommended treatment plan. The orthodontist office will also contact the patient's provider and consult about braces insurance. Many people are concerned, not just about cost and braces insurance, but also about the length of treatment. This really depends on the individual. The severity of the problem and how well the patient complies with their treatment can be factors. Compliance means following the doctors guidelines for the proper care and cleaning of the braces so that they do not break or suffer damage through neglect. Treatment times do not generally affect the price of the overall treatment.

There are many benefits for undergoing orthodontic treatment that are worth the financial investment. If you are considering treatment for yourself or your child, Hanson Place Orthodontics can educate you about the associated costs, possible coverage and payment plans they offer to new and existing patients.

Orthodontic Appliances – Everything You Ever Wanted to Know

July 16th, 2014

If it has been recommended by your orthodontist that you wear braces to correct teeth that are growing in crooked or to correct any problem with misaligned teeth, there are some other orthodontic appliances you may also need to wear.

Elastics, or rubber bands, may also be recommended. These small bands typically attach to wire fixed to the upper and lower teeth to help them fit together. If you are prescribed elastics, it is important that you follow your orthodontist's directions for wearing them properly.

Headgear may also be necessary. If you suffer from an overbite where your upper teeth are extended over your lower teeth, then wearing headgear will help restrict your upper teeth and jaw from growing forward.

The Herbst Appliance is similar to headgear in that it also helps correct an overbite in patients. This appliance is more often worn by smaller children whose teeth are still growing. It is fixed in the mouth for a period of between twelve and fifteen months.

A Palatal Expander widens the upper jaw by exerting a small amount of pressure on the upper molars as they are periodically adjusted.  Positioners are used for the final push in correcting your teeth. Worn for a short period of one or two months, the use of the Positioners is a sign that your treatment is almost complete.

There are several different types of retainers that may be prescribed. A retainer can either be fixed, which means that it cannot be removed for the duration of the procedure, or it can be removable for eating and cleaning. The type of retainer prescribed will depend of the type of treatment necessary.

Separators are small tight rubber bands that help push the teeth apart and prevent them from growing into each other. Sometimes called Spacers, these are a precursor to the Elastics describe above.

Types of Retainers and How they Work

July 16th, 2014

In terms of orthodontics, a retainer is a device that is made to hold teeth in position in the attempt to straighten them. A retainer is typically made of plastic that has been molded to fit the mouth of the individual and it is held in place with wire. Retainers are removable for eating as well as for brushing and flossing.

The amount of time an individual patient may be required to wear a retainer will vary. Usually, they are worn over night, yet some patients may be required to wear them during the day for a certain period of time.

There are four different types of retainers used by orthodontists. The Hawley retainer is the most commonly used variety. It is molded to fit over the six anterior teeth of the patient's mouth with the plastic fitting to the roof of the mouth. The wires are adjustable and can by changed according to the movement of the patient's teeth.

The Vacuum-formed retainer, also call the Essix retainer, is quite common as well. This plastic appliance is custom made, is clear, contains no wires and fits over the front of the top teeth. Thermo-formed, or Zendura retainers are also formed out of clear polyurethane that is barely detectable.

A fixed retainer differs from the previous three examples in that it cannot be removed by the patient. As the name implies, this retainer is fixed to the mouth with wires. In some cases, this is a permanent part of the patient's procedure and is used in more extreme cases when the chance of the teeth reversing course is high.

In addition to wearing retainers, there are other orthodontic appliances that your dentist may prescribe to you. Bite plates, mouth guards, headgear and rubber bands may also be a necessary part of this corrective procedure. Each of these appliances will have their own wear and care instructions that will be explained to you by your orthodontist.

Your Smile: Before Braces, and After

July 16th, 2014

Sometimes the difference in before and after braces photos can be quite amazing. The results can be dramatic especially for those patients that suffered from seriously misaligned teeth. The severity certainly differs among individuals which will make the end results even more noteworthy for some people, but any improvement to your smile is well worth the cost of the procedure.

The difference is all in the smile. Many people who need corrective braces, but who have not gone through the procedure, are afraid to smile. They are embarrassed by the appearance of their teeth and are reluctant to show them. This reluctance can, and often does, send certain signals out to people when we meet them for the first time. Unfortunately, if you are afraid to smile, this may give the false impression of unfriendliness or shyness.

Braces help realign and straighten teeth that may be growing in at improper angles. Wearing braces will also help correct the bites of the people who wear them. Not only does this benefit the patient for chewing food, but it also can improve speech as well as confidence. Correcting crooked teeth can help prevent jaw problems and prevent bite patterns that may wear down the teeth and gums. If you've ever seen a before and after picture of people who have experienced this type of orthodontic procedure, you have seen the difference they can make.

When looking at pictures of people before and after they've worn the corrective braces, you will notice a definite improvement in appearance. You can detect as well, the air of confidence these people  give off as a result of an improved smile. It is not a forced smile, they smile with their whole faces and not just their mouths. Despite the fears that people may associate with wearing braces, the reality is quite different and it is worth any minor inconvenience that may be encountered.

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