Over the years, braces have changed. For example, it’s less common today than it once was to see someone with full, orthodontic headgear unless you’re watching some sort of cartoon. As developments have been made, the ways of old leave misconceptions in their wake like the kinds of braces that are out there and the ways to find a dentist who will do the work. As overly specific as the following may sound, this article is intended for those of you who were young when the braces game was different but had children late in life or for those of you who had children quite early and more recently reproduced yet again because the gods of contraception have always been displeased with you for most likely little more than your jib. Whatever the reasons are, you now need an updated look at how the braces game works today.
- Costs: Obviously, the economy is incredibly volatile, and inflation is an evolving animal. As such, the costs today are not what they were twenty or even ten years ago necessarily. Often times, the orthodontist is likely to establish a two-year treatment plan using braces; two years is simply one of the more common plan lengths. For this kind of duration, the cost for metal braces could be as little as $3,000 or as much as twice that. Attributes like special brackets tend to run up the cost, and Invisalign treatment is rarely any cheaper. The payment procedure, though, usually starts with a down payment followed by monthly installments.
- Age: Yeah, so if you haven’t learned this yet, rest assured that there is no age limit for getting braces. One of the most common misconceptions people have about orthodontic braces is that they are not for adults but, rather, for children. More and more people are getting braces during their adult years these days, though, and it is becoming commonplace. If your gums and teeth are healthy, you’re as eligible as anyone else for braces, and they’ll likely help you noticeably. One of the main things that orthodontists want to assess prior to taking action, though, is the health of your gums and the state of your jaw bones. Gum line recession or simply unhealthy gums can prove to be indicators that the kind of pressure braces put on your gums may end up complicating things down the line; moreover, bone loss to any degree is often a sign of the same problem.
- The Bite: Preconceived notions about braces are often inclusive of this idea that their entire purpose is merely to straighten one’s teeth. This is the most ostensible purpose for braces, yes, but they actually do a great deal more. Whether or not your teeth are straight is genuinely an important point, and aesthetics matter to all of us, of course; however, the efficiency of your bite is just as important if not more so. Remember: you’re an animal, and before civil society domesticated you, your bite was all you had (aside from opposable thumbs and superior intellect). When assessing whether or not you need braces, it can be common for you to presume that the dentist just wants to get extra money out of you, but you have to understand that this is about more than straightness of teeth. If your tongue naturally lies past your front teeth, if your teeth don’t meet properly when you bite, if your jaw clicks, or if you have crowding or gaps, your bite could easily be compromised in a way that not only makes your chewing habits less efficient but also may make your teeth abnormally difficult to clean and thus render your gums prone to infection.
- Referrals for Consultations: Most people are referred to an orthodontist for this sort of thing, and their dentist is usually the referring point of contact. You should definitely take advantage of the fact that consultations are almost always free. You can speak to an orthodontist very easily and assess what the best steps are to deal with your teeth, your child’s teeth, your father’s teeth, or anyone in between.