Dana Point Braces FAQ

Considering braces and feeling overwhelmed by the options, which may be the best fit for your smile? Contact a local Dana Point, CA orthodontist for a braces consultation today, and start your journey toward a healthier, straighter smile. 

When debating whether or not to pursue braces, individuals should consider the following questions.

What type of braces would work best for me? 

When it comes to picking out the right set of braces for your particular smile, you have options. Metal braces are the most common as they are easy to put on, and work effectively. However, many adults prefer braces that are not as noticeable as metal braces. Ceramic braces blend in with the patient’s teeth, making them less noticeable. Because the color is translucent, these braces may stain or discolor with time. Ceramic braces are also more fragile than metal braces. Lingual braces attach to the back of a patient’s teeth, making them virtually invisible to the eye. These braces are custom-made for the patient and are typically very expensive. Invisible braces, otherwise known as clear aligners are a great option for those who want straight teeth, but not the look of traditional braces. These aligners are fit specifically for each patient and can be taken out. Each new set of aligners will require an orthodontist visit and are usually more expensive than metal braces. 

Will braces interfere with my professional life?

There was a time that in order to straighten a smile required a mouth full of metal. While this may be acceptable for children, or teenagers, many adults have jobs that expect a certain level of professionalism that metal braces do not account for. Thankfully, those seeking a more discreet form of teeth correction have options now. Ceramic braces, lingual braces, and clear aligners are all great options for a more professional look.

Will braces cause pain or discomfort?

Some patients experience slight pain or discomfort at various times throughout their orthodontic journey. When braces or aligners are first put on, patients may feel pressure, and discomfort as the orthodontist has to maneuver around the patient’s mouth in order to ensure the braces or aligners are put in properly. If put in incorrectly, the patient’s teeth will not move effectively. Not only will this waste the patient’s time, but also their finances. When braces are tightened, or adjusted patient may experience the same level of discomfort or pain. However, this discomfort and stress on the mouth will go away over time. If patients are worried about their pain level, they should talk to their orthodontist, who may be able to provide pain management tips and resources. 

How can my orthodontist help provide a healthier and straighter smile?

Not only do orthodontists help their clients with their braces, and aligners, but they can also assist their patients with other teeth, gum, and jaw problems. Patients experiencing jaw, gum, and tooth pain may find relief when visiting an orthodontist. If you are interested in improving your smile, and the overall health of your mouth, contact John Redmond Orthodontics for a consultation today.