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Braces
– Uptown New Orleans, LA

Enjoy a Straighter, Healthier Smile

When your smile is plagued by gaps, misaligned teeth, or overcrowding, it can be difficult to live life to the fullest. Not only is your self-confidence damaged, but these issues can impact your health as well! At Camenzuli Dental Excellence, we’re happy to offer the transformative power of orthodontics in our Uptown New Orleans, LA dental office. Contact us today if you’d like to learn more, or if you’re ready to schedule a one-on-one consultation.

Why Choose Dental Excellence for Orthodontics?

  • In-Network With Most PPO Plans
  • Highly Trained Dentist with Years of Experience
  • Late Evening Appointments Available

How Do Traditional Braces Work?

Braces have multiple important components. First, there are the brackets, which are attached to certain teeth and serve as “anchors.” Then, the archwire is connected to the brackets with the help of ligature elastics. Because the archwire wants to retain its normal shape, it will place pressure on the teeth and gradually move them into the desired positions over time. The jawbone underneath the gums will also change and grow to support these important shifts.

Indications for Traditional Braces

man with crowded and crooked teeth before traditional braces

Traditional braces can be used to solve a wide variety of dental issues.  You can find the most common issues they resolve in more detail below.

Crowded Teeth

When teeth are too close together, it makes it significantly more difficult to properly clean them. This puts you at higher risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease. With traditional braces, even severe levels of crowding and misalignment can be made more even, giving your teeth more space to line up.

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Spaces Between Teeth

If you feel like your gapped smile is unattractive, you’ll find traditional metal braces to be extremely effective at shifting them closer together. Gapped teeth are also more likely to collect food debris and get trapped,  putting you at risk of both tooth decay and chronic bad breath! This makes the benefits of braces to two-fold.

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Bite Alignment

When your bite is uneven, you put disproportionate amounts of pressure on your jaw joints. This puts your teeth at higher risk of teeth grinding and jaw clenching, also characterized as bruxism. If you want to avoid accelerated wear and tear on your tooth enamel, traditional braces can be the most effective treatment out there. Whether you have an overbite, underbite, crossbite, or open bite, it can be corrected with braces.

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What Are the Benefits of Traditional Braces?

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When you or your family member commits to orthodontic treatment, there are several wonderful benefits waiting in the wings. For instance:

  • Your smile will be much more uniform in appearance. Patients can finally say goodbye to noticeable spaces between teeth, crookedness, and so much more!
  • Your self-esteem and confidence are likely to soar – no more hiding in the backgrounds of photos.
  • The versatility of traditional braces allows them to tackle even the most severe orthodontic problems with ease.
  • The metallic structure of braces is very durable and unlikely to break easily, even for patients who are more active.
  • There are fun color options available for the elastics, which means patients can personalize their smile throughout the treatment process! Alternatively, subtler shades are also available for a more professional look.

How Much Do Traditional Braces Cost?

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Patients can expect a lower cost with traditional braces than more modern alternatives. However, it is important to keep in mind that this type of care is highly personalized and the overall price will depend on several factors, including the patient’s age, their dental insurance coverage, and the severity of any problems our team is planning to correct. We strongly encourage you to schedule an initial consultation at our Uptown New Orleans dental office. During this visit, our team will be able to carefully review the current state of your teeth and provide a detailed estimate of future costs so that you can commit to treatment with total confidence!

Braces FAQs – Uptown New Orleans, LA

Someone’s smile before and after getting braces in uptown New Orleans

Investing in your smile with braces is one of the best decisions you’ll ever make, but we understand that you may have a few questions beforehand. We’ve answered several FAQs below to help you have all the information you need. But get in touch anytime if you’d like more information about braces in Uptown New Orleans, or if you want to schedule a consultation with Dr. Camenzuli. With many years of experience, he’s helped countless patients achieve the smile they’ve always wanted and looks forward to helping you too!

How Long Will I Need To Wear Braces?

It depends on your specific needs such as what type of alignment issues need to be corrected and how severe they are. However, most patients wear braces for anywhere from 12 to 30 months.

Am I Too Old For Braces?

Definitely not! You’re never too old to enjoy the increased self-confidence and improved oral health that come with a straight, even smile. In fact, adults have been getting braces more and more in recent years, so it’s not nearly as uncommon as it used to be. 

Do Braces Hurt?

It’s common to have some initial discomfort for a few days when you first get your braces as you adjust to the pressure on your teeth. You may also experience discomfort for a day or two when we periodically adjust your brackets and wires. However, it’s very temporary and can be well-managed with over-the-counter pain medication.

Why Do I Need To Wear Elastics?

Braces move your teeth and jaws into their ideal position by applying gentle, continuous pressure. This is done with a combination of brackets and wires to move the teeth, and elastics to move the jaws. This ensures that your teeth are not only in the right position but also line up properly. Most patients have to wear elastics at some point, so it’s essential to wear them as instructed for the best results possible.

Will I Need To Wear Retainers?

Yes. Wearing retainers is extremely important after any type of orthodontic treatment to prevent the teeth from moving back to their initial positions. When we remove your braces, we’ll take impressions of your teeth to create an upper and lower retainer (or we may adhere a permanent, no-show retainer behind your bottom teeth). We’ll also discuss how long to wear your retainers and how to maintain them as well.