Are There Any Alternatives to Braces?
Yes! We have a few variations of braces including traditional metal and ceramic braces. Ceramic braces are a good option for patients who are looking for the efficiency of braces with a higher degree of discretion than metal braces. The brackets are tooth-colored so they don’t stand out as much. However, the ceramic material the brackets are made out of to make them so low-key is less durable than the stainless steel alternative.
If you are looking to bypass braces completely, we also specialize in Invisalign treatment. Invisalign is a series of clear aligners that are adjusted throughout treatment to shift your teeth into the desired position without any brackets or wires. The adjustments are made based on an original scan we do of your mouth and a projection of your desired results, meaning that you don’t have to come into the office as frequently for adjustment appointments. While we enjoy seeing your smiling face for appointments, we understand that you have a busy schedule, and the less time spent in the chair, the better.
Invisalign is an art form that we’ve perfected. It can only be mastered through extensive experience and a thorough knowledge of orthodontics. Choosing an orthodontist that you trust fully is crucial, and we work hard to make the decision easy for you.
What’s the Best Age to Get Braces?
While we believe it’s never too late to work toward the smile you’ve always wanted, braces may work more quickly in mouths that are still developing. Older kids and teens may have an easier treatment process only because their teeth are more susceptible to shifting and influence.
However, we’ve treated countless adults with braces and love seeing the transformation that takes place during the process. Oftentimes, there are orthodontic issues that form after the teenage years either by way of an accident or shifting that took place after earlier treatment. If you feel as if you are too old for braces, let us assure you that great oral healthcare and aesthetics are important at any age. We deliver customized smiles and treatment to patients of all ages because we know the impact of a beautiful smile.
How Long Do People Have to Wear Braces?
The time spent in braces varies from patient to patient. Every patient has their own set of problems that need addressing or expectations for their future smile. This means that we have to shift and adjust treatment to best suit their needs and create a smile that inspires confidence.
While every patient is different, many people spend about one to two years visiting our office until they’ve reached their desired results. To get a more accurate estimate on what corrective treatment would look like for you, schedule a complimentary first visit with Dr. Speaks and the rest of our team so we can assess your individual needs.
Are Braces Really Necessary?
Braces do more than create beautiful smiles, they also create healthy ones. Overcrowded teeth can be difficult to clean and this leads to issues such as tooth decay and gum disease. Braces also address structural issues such as jaw misalignments. Misalignments can cause pain while chewing and overall jaw pain after a while. Braces solve both of these problems before they can have a lasting effect on your oral health.
That being said, the beautiful aesthetics that braces create are important as well. Having the smile of your dreams improves confidence and self-esteem while inspiring you to live life boldly. Every smile is a masterpiece that deserves to been seen by the world, and we are passionate about creating this transformation within our patients.
Do Braces Hurt?
There is some natural discomfort that comes with the shifting of teeth or a new appliance in your mouth, but any pain felt is very mild. Most people get used to their braces fairly quickly and don’t even notice them after a while. if you are feeling any pain from your teeth moving, we suggest taking any over-the-counter pain medication to help ease the discomfort. If your braces are bothering your mouth, you can use braces wax to help soothe the problem.
How Much Do Braces Cost?
The cost of braces varies from patient to patient depending on how long treatment lasts. Treatment length is largely dependent on how many areas need to be addressed by braces and how well you take care of your appliance. We want every corner of the Denver community to be able to have the smiles they deserve, so we work hard to partner with insurance providers and limit costs for you. To see what treatment may look like for you, schedule your complimentary consultation today.
Do I Need to See My General Dentist While Wearing Braces?
Yes! It’s important that you continue to visit your general dentist for regularly scheduled appointments so that your oral health doesn’t suffer. While Dr. Speaks may have the qualifications of a general dentist, our office is specialized to perfect certain areas of the mouth. To have a successful treatment without any hold-ups, maintain your current level of oral hygiene through at-home routines and steady attendance at your dentist’s office.