At Amazing Smiles, we use traditional metal braces in cases with extreme overcrowding because they move your teeth in small increments at a time and give your dentist more control.
in Tinley Park, IL
Braces are commonly used tools to help correct a range of issues with the teeth, such as misalignment, crookedness, and crowding. Metal braces work by attaching brackets to the front of the teeth, interconnected by a series of bands and wires that create pressure on the teeth. This pressure slowly shifts teeth into the desired position.
Successful orthodontic treatment relies on both the expertise of the dentist and the commitment of the patient to follow the prescribed treatment plan. At Amazing Smiles, we are committed to helping our patients every step of the way to ensure they can achieve a beautiful and healthy smile. To ensure the best results, we recommend that our orthodontic patients wear their elastic bands consistently, attend their monthly follow-up appointments, and practice great oral hygiene at home. With our support, you can achieve an amazing smile you’ll be proud to show off.Schedule a Consultation
Metal Braces Cost
The cost of braces can vary depending on the complexity of the dental issue and the treatment discussed at your consultation. Treatment may take 6-24 months and cost between $3,000 and $5,800. If a dental expander is required, the price may increase by up to $2,800. Pricing includes a pair of clear retainers that should be worn after your treatment is completed. Wearing your retainer regularly afterwards is essential to maintain a straight, beautiful smile.
The amount you pay out-of-pocket will depend on your insurance coverage at the time. At our office, we are dedicated to helping you find a way to fit braces into your budget to ensure you can get the treatment you need. If you have any questions regarding financing braces, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Pros & Cons of Metal Braces
- Suitable for any treatment. Regardless of the complexity of your situation, braces can provide a solution to help you achieve a straighter smile.
- Boost your confidence. Most people feel much more confident about their smile when they have straighter teeth.
- Multiple types of braces to choose from. Patients now have the option to choose from traditional braces, lingual braces, or ceramic braces for a less noticeable looks.
- Aesthetics of braces. Some people may feel insecure about their appearance due to the presence of braces.
- Taking care of your smile. Brushing and flossing your teeth becomes difficult traditional braces due to the wire.
- Avoiding certain foods. Hard and sticky foods can cause the arch wire to break, which can prolong your treatment time.
Cleaning and Care
It is important to know how to properly clean and care for your braces. Proper cleaning and care of metal braces can help keep them in good condition and prevent any issues from arising. Follow the tips below to get the most out of your braces.
Brush your teeth twice a day. Brushing your teeth twice a day or after every meal helps remove any food particles or plaque that may get stuck in your braces. It is recommended to use an electric toothbrush to clean the hard to reach areas.
Floss daily using a water flosser. Flossing helps remove any food particles or plaque that may be stuck in between your teeth and braces. Make sure to floss both above and below your braces to ensure that all areas are properly cleaned. It is important to use the water flosser on a low setting to avoid damaging your braces.
Visit your dentist regularly. Regular visits to your dentist is important for checking the condition of your braces and making any necessary adjustments.
Do braces hurt?
Getting braces can sometimes cause discomfort, especially immediately after they are put on or after a regular tightening. However, this pain usually fades away within a few days and can be relieved with over-the-counter pain medicine. In some cases, a part of the brace may poke the inside of the mouth, resulting in pain. If this occurs, you can use ortho wax to cover area until your next visit. Please contact us and we will adjust your braces to reduce the discomfort.Contact Amazing Smiles
Will braces make my smile perfect?
In most cases, achieving the perfect smile you are dreaming of is possible through orthodontic treatment. Our dentists will assess your teeth to ensure they are healthy and plan the treatment accordingly. It is important to communicate with our dentists to make sure your smile is perfect from the start. If the natural shape of your teeth does not match what you are hoping for, our dentists can use bonding or veneers to create the desired shape, size, and color.
What foods should I avoid with braces?
It’s essential to steer clear of foods that could harm your appliances. Request a list of foods to avoid when you receive your consultation or after you get your braces. If you are curious about other foods to stay away from, don't hesitate to reach out and we will be glad to help.
Can I play sports with braces?
Yes, you can still play sports with braces! However, it's important to protect your teeth and braces, so we recommend wearing an orthodontic mouth guard. There are many different types of mouth guards available, so be sure to speak with one of our doctors to find the best one for you.
If you have any questions about metal braces or for a consultation—contact us today.