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While technology has changed many things in society, one thing that has stayed constant is the fact that many children get braces to help straighten their teeth. Today, 50-70 percent of children have braces, and adults are beginning to get braces too. No matter the age, teeth can always be straightened, and braces help do just that.

Below is some information to answer some of your questions about braces:

How much will braces cost?
The cost of braces often depends upon the treatment plan outlined by the Orthodontist. Shorter treatments cost less, and longer treatments cost more. Also, the type of braces the patient chooses will impact the cost. For example, invisible braces will cost more money than traditional metal ones.

What are the different types of braces?
• Traditional metal braces
• Self-litigating metal braces
• Clear/Ceramic braces
• Lingual braces

Do braces hurt?
A patient’s teeth are usually sore for a couple of days following the initial installation of the braces and after each subsequent monthly adjustment.

Less pain is felt now than in the past, however, as there are smaller and more efficient tools used to adjust the braces. With time, braces become less painful.

How do I remove food stuck in my braces?
One of the most effective methods of removing food from your braces is by using floss or a specialized braces toothbrush that has a small brush at the end to reach crevices and hard-to-reach areas.

What are the pros and cons of ceramic braces?
Ceramic braces are less visible than metal braces. The only perceived con is that they are more visible than invisible braces, now called Incognito, and Invisalign. Ceramic braces do not stain teeth.