Getting braces can help you obtain straight teeth and enhance your smile. At Bayou Braces Dentistry, we know that patients often have several questions regarding potential orthodontic treatment. That’s why we take the time to answer your questions and better understand your concerns.

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about braces to give you a better understanding of how they work and what you can expect from the treatment.

How Do Braces Work?

Braces are a traditional orthodontic treatment that helps patients with misaligned teeth achieve a straighter and more beautiful smile. Braces consist of brackets and wires that attach to the surface of your teeth to gradually move them into the correct position.

At the beginning of treatment, your orthodontist will glue small metal brackets to each tooth, then connect these brackets with a metal wire and customizable rubber bands. They will slightly tighten the wires during your periodic office visits to ensure that they gradually straighten your teeth.

How Long Will I Wear Braces?

Treatment times will vary from patient to patient based on the severity of their orthodontic problem. For example, if you have a minor misalignment, you could wear braces for as little as six months. However, more severe cases can require a 30-month-long treatment.

Before you get your braces, one of our orthodontists will examine your teeth and bite. Once they determine the issues needing correction, they can give you a full treatment time estimate.

Do Braces Hurt?

Although braces don’t hurt, patients often feel minor discomfort or irritation when they first get their braces and after adjustment appointments. You can alleviate any pain by eating soft foods and taking an over-the-counter pain reliever; you should only feel discomfort for a day or two.

Our team can give you orthodontic wax to help reduce tissue irritation as your mouth gets used to the braces. However, if you feel intense pain or severe discomfort for a more extended period, call our office right away.

How Much Do Braces Cost?

One of the most commonly asked questions about braces is the cost of treatment. The cost of braces will ultimately depend on the complexity of your case.

At Bayou Braces & Dentistry, we understand the importance of finding affordable treatment. We work hard to help every patient afford their orthodontic treatment by offering flexible payment plans and working with your insurance to get the most out of your benefits.

What Are the Braces Options Available to Me?

Traditionally, braces use metal wire, stainless steel brackets, and customizable rubber bands to straighten your teeth gradually. Since the rubber bands are changed during each visit, you can choose a new color every few weeks.

If you want something less noticeable, you can opt for clear braces. Clear braces work the same way as traditional braces; however, they use tooth-colored brackets and rubber bands to create a less noticeable appearance.

What Happens When I Get My Braces Off?

Getting your braces off reveals your newly straightened pearly whites. First, we will remove the wire and brackets. Then, we will clean your teeth by removing any leftover glue. Next, you get to check out your new braces-free smile in the mirror and enjoy the treatment results!

Since permanent teeth have a tendency to shift, you will receive a retainer to wear every day for the next four to six months following your treatment. It is crucial to only remove your retainer to eat or brush your teeth. After this, you may shift to periodic retainer use at night while sleeping.

How Do I Care for My Braces?

Taking proper care of your braces is crucial for treatment effectiveness and overall oral health. We encourage our patients to continue to brush their teeth and floss as they normally would. In addition, you should continue to see your usual dentist every six months to prevent gum disease, tooth decay, and other oral health problems.

Since braces cover certain parts of your teeth, it is essential to brush around each bracket carefully. We recommend using a floss thread to get under the wire and effectively floss your teeth.

Although you can always check our braces FAQ page, our team will give you specific instructions on how to best care for your braces.