Traditional Orthodontics – West Brookfield, MA

Leave Misaligned Teeth and Bite Issues Behind

Closeup of woman smiling with traditional orthodontics

In recent years, discreet orthodontic treatments, like Invisalign, have risen significantly in popularity. However, when it comes to addressing more complex problems, like full bite corrections, traditional braces are the best choice. This tried-and-true treatment can help you leave misaligned teeth and bite issues behind, allowing you to enjoy the straight, beautiful smile you’ve always dreamed of. To learn more about traditional braces or to schedule an appointment with our orthodontist in West Brookfield, Dr. Alkhoury, contact our office!

How Do Traditional Braces Work?

Orthodontist holding up model of teeth with bracesTraditional braces are a tested, effective, safe orthodontic treatment designed to correct everything from minor crowding to severe bite issues. The metal brackets and wires exert just enough pressure to gradually guide your teeth into their ideal position, leaving cosmetic concerns and bite problems in the past. Throughout your treatment, you will attend periodic checkups that will adjust your braces as needed and confirm your teeth are moving as intended. Once your treatment is complete, you will be given a retainer, which will lock your hard-earned results in place.

The Benefits of Traditional Braces

Healthy smile with and without bracesWith so many orthodontic treatments to choose from, why do traditional braces continue to be one of the most popular solutions available? In addition to being one of the most tried-and-true smile-enhancing options on the market, they come with a number of benefits, including:

  • Versatility: While other orthodontic treatments are limited in the issues they can address, traditional braces can correct crowding, gapped teeth, bite issues, and more!
  • Reliable treatment: Although opting for a non-removable treatment may initially seem like a nuisance, it ensures the proper pressure is being placed on your teeth 24/7. Plus, it removes the risk of misplacing them.
  • Suitable for all ages: From elementary school to college and beyond, traditional braces can enhance smiles of all ages.

Tips to Keep In Mind During Your Treatment

Girl with braces smiling during orthodontic appointmentAs with any orthodontic solution, there are a few best practices that are essential for smooth, effective treatment.

  • Follow the dietary restrictions: Even though traditional braces are crafted from durable, high-quality metal, they aren’t completely indestructible. That’s why Dr. Alkhoury provides each patient with a list of potentially harmful foods, like raw apples and chewy candy. Following these instructions will help prevent orthodontic emergencies, like protruding wires and broken brackets.
  • Use braces-friendly dental tools: Prioritizing your oral hygiene routine is crucial, especially if you have braces. Unfortunately, the brackets and wires can make it difficult to clean your teeth and gums properly, unless you have the proper tools at your side! When you begin attending your follow-up appointments, Dr. Alkhoury will share dental tools that are not only effective, but that make taking care of your oral health a breeze.
  • Attend your follow-up appointments: Your periodic visits allow our team to monitor your progress, ensure your teeth are moving as planned and address any issues in the early stages. Simply put, these appointments are key to confirming your treatment is on track!

Understanding the Cost of Traditional Braces

Orthodontic assistant talking to teenage patient with bracesIt’s only natural to be curious about the cost. Since traditional braces aren’t a one-size-fits-all treatment, however, it can be difficult to find an accurate price estimate. Fortunately, our team is here to help! While we won’t be able to provide you with the cost until your consultation, we can share the factors that impact the cost of traditional braces, if dental insurance covers it, and more.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Traditional Braces

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As mentioned above, traditional braces aren’t a one-size-fits-all treatment. On the contrary, they are completely customized to each patient’s unique dental needs and smile goals. That’s one of the reasons the initial consultation is so important! During the oral exam, our West Brookfield orthodontist will determine:

  • The severity of your misalignment
  • If one or both arches of your teeth need to be straightened
  • The length of your orthodontic treatment
  • If elastic bands, space maintainers, and other accessories are needed

From there, they can create a custom treatment plan and share a price estimate.

Professional Braces vs. “DIY” Braces: Which Costs More?

Closeup of traditional braces on model of teeth
“DIY” braces companies do their best to draw in patients with more convenience and a lower price. However, this approach to teeth-straightening is often more problematic. In addition to skipping the initial examination (which can have disastrous consequences on the look and function of your smile), many of these treatments aren’t supervised by a dental professional. As a result, professional organizations like the American Dental Association have warned the public about the dangers of DIY orthodontics and encouraged the use of professional treatments, like traditional braces.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Braces?

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There are some dental plans that include orthodontic benefits. So, don’t hesitate to talk to your provider about your coverage before your appointment! Of course, our team is also here to help. We proudly accept all major insurances and PPOs, so we can help answer questions and provide insight into your coverage.

Options for Making Braces Affordable

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If you don’t have dental insurance, then talk to our team about the other financial solutions available! For example, LendingPoint allows you to pay for your treatment in budget-friendly chunks. That way, you don’t have to worry about paying for the entire cost all at once.

Traditional Braces FAQs

Young woman in purple shirt smiling with bracesSo far, we’ve covered everything from how traditional braces work to factors that influence the cost on this page. Now, we’re going to use this next section to answer FAQs about this tried-and-true orthodontic treatment! Of course, if you have a specific question on your mind, you’re also welcome to reach out to us directly.

Do Traditional Braces Hurt?

It’s very common for patients to be concerned about discomfort. To be completely transparent, some soreness is to be expected, particularly during the first week. Don’t worry – there are several ways you can alleviate this sensation, including using dental wax, sticking to soft foods, and taking OTC pain medication as directed. As the weeks and months go on, your mouth will adjust and, eventually, you’ll barely notice they’re there!

Am I Too Old to Get Braces?

Since candidacy for traditional braces isn’t determined by age alone, there’s no such thing as being “too old” for braces. So, if you think that the ship has sailed on having a straight smile because you’re no longer a teen or young adult, think again! As a matter of fact, it’s very common for older patients to have a lot of success with their teeth-straightening treatment because they understand the importance of good oral hygiene and are investing their own money in their care.

What Happens After You Get Your Braces Off?

Once your teeth have been guided into their perfectly aligned positions, it’s time to move onto the next step: keeping them there! Orthodontic relapse is the phenomenon where your teeth begin to drift out of place, and it happens to upwards of 50% of patients. That’s why we will have a custom retainer made and instruct you to wear it every night while you sleep.

What Can You Not Eat with Traditional Braces?

The short answer is that you can’t eat anything sticky, crunchy, or chewy during your orthodontic treatment. That includes raw vegetables, tortilla chips, thin-crust pizza, peanut brittle, and caramel candies. You also shouldn’t chew on any non-food items, like ice cubes or pen caps. Instead, focus on eating lots of nutrient-dense foods that are softer in consistency, such as mashed sweet potatoes, cooked vegetables, plain yogurt, oatmeal, and scrambled eggs.

Can You Drink Coffee with Traditional Braces?

Yes, of course! We just recommend using a straw anytime you indulge; this will help prevent your teeth from discoloring. We also encourage our patients to rinse their mouths thoroughly with clean water afterwards to remove any lingering residue. Then, about 20 minutes later, brush your teeth.

Schedule an Appointment Today

You can invest in a healthy, beautiful smile using the clear choice in orthodontics. Your dentist in West Brookfield will create the customized plan you need to align your teeth and bite with Invisalign. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.

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