About Braces in Hinsdale
When you think of straightening your teeth, braces are probably the first thing that come to mind. Braces come in metal and ceramic options and consist of wires and brackets. These brackets and wires work with elastic bands to straighten teeth. They are available to virtually anyone who wants to straighten their teeth.
While there are clear aligners available to help with alignment issues, generic braces are the most effective option. They are created to tackle even the most severe alignment issues in your mouth.
You might think that a minor misalignment is no big deal, but even if your teeth are misplaced just a little bit, you could suffer from various medical issues. Not only can you develop more plaque buildup, but you could develop gum disease, which can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, and even cancer. Misaligned teeth can also lead to chewing issues, chronic pain, breathing issues, and infections. A crooked mouth can also lead to mental health issues, such as lowered self-esteem, anxiety, and depression.
So even if you think you have a mild case, consider a consultation from Hinsdale Ortho. Braces can help improve your physical and mental health.
How Do Braces Work?
Braces move your teeth by placing pressure on them for extended periods of time. Your jaw gradually adapts to conform to this pressure.
Generic braces are custom-made for each person. They consist of metal brackets that are glued to each of your teeth. These brackets allow for pressure to be applied evenly to your teeth. They are connected by a stainless steel archwire that puts pressure on the teeth and jawline, while elastic bands, or O-rings, connect the archwire to the brackets. These bands are placed around the brackets to add more pressure. The archwire is adjusted periodically as your teeth move into place. The elastic bands are switched out at each orthodontist appointment and can be customized with different colors each time.
Traditional braces require two long appointments: when you put them on and when you take them off. During the course of treatment, you’ll typically have appointments every few weeks so your orthodontist can make adjustments. You’ll also have to see your orthodontist if you break a bracket or wire.
Some patients may require spacers or springs. Spacers are made of rubber bands or metal rings and placed between molars. They help push your jaw forward and make room for your braces if your mouth is too tight. Coil springs may be placed on the archwire of your braces. They are placed between two teeth to add more space.
Advantages of Braces
Braces have some benefits over clear aligners, such as:
- They are more effective for severe cases.
- They use more force to push teeth into place.
- They are on the teeth 24/7, so they cannot be removed or lost.
- They can close gaps and align teeth more quickly in some cases.
- They are often cheaper.
Cost of Braces
The cost of braces can vary based on the type of braces, the severity of your case, and your location.
- Metal braces: $3,000-$7,000
- Ceramic braces: $4,000-$8,000
- Lingual braces: $8,000-$10,000
You may be able to get help paying for braces if you have health or dental insurance. Many health and dental plans do partially cover children under age 18.
If your dental plan does include orthodontic coverage, keep in mind that there are likely strict limits in terms of coverage percentage and lifetime maximum. A common figure is 50% coverage with a $1500 lifetime maximum per child. Plus, keep in mind that most orthodontic coverage will not cover braces if they have already been applied to the teeth prior to the effective date of the policy. It is considered a pre-existing condition and becomes an out-of-pocket expense.
Damon Clear Braces
At Hinsdale Ortho, we offer clear braces, which are also known as ceramic braces. Ceramic braces are tooth-colored, so they’re not as noticeable as generic metal braces. When paired with clear, white, or tooth-colored wires, ceramic brackets are a less obvious way to straighten your smile. So if you’re looking for something aesthetically pleasing, clear braces offer a low-profile look.
Damon clear braces are made of tooth-colored polycrystalline ceramic material. Your brackets will be practically invisible, making them a great option for older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns.
Even though the brackets are about the same size and shape as metal braces, they’re much less noticeable. Keep in mind, though, that ceramic braces can sometimes be slightly more fragile because they are made from a different material that is more prone to cracks and chips. In addition, they are often more expensive than metal braces.
Damon Metal Braces
While there are aligners and clear braces available to straighten teeth, today’s metal braces are more effective and stronger than ever. Damon braces are not the same braces your parents had. They’re smaller and less noticeable than before. Plus, they work more quickly and efficiently to accomplish your smile goals.
Damon braces consist of advanced technology. Sleeker brackets and lighter wires make your mouth look better than ever. This also means your mouth will feel less irritated, so you’ll be happier and less sore.
Your treatment time will vary, but expect an average of 18-22 months. Work with your orthodontist to develop your customized treatment plan.
Damon metal braces combine strength, durability, and affordability. Choose Damon metal braces for your alignment needs and smile with confidence!
Contact Hinsdale Ortho Today
If you want to straighten your teeth the old-fashioned way, Damon clear braces and Damon metal braces are great options. These methods are effective for even the most severe alignment cases.
Hinsdale Ortho has been offering high-quality orthodontic treatment in a friendly, welcoming environment for more than 65 years. Our state-of-the-art technology makes us the best orthodontist around. To schedule a free consultation, call (630) 325-0100 or go online.