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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.
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.
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.
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 braces, even severe levels of crowding and misalignment can be made more even, giving your teeth more space to line up.
If you feel like your gapped smile is unattractive, you’ll find 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.
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, 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.
When you or your family member commits to orthodontic treatment, there are several wonderful benefits waiting in the wings. For instance:
Patients can expect a lower cost with braces than more modern alternatives. Our traditional braces will typically cost just $2,998 for an entire smile! Plus, we offer an affordable financing option—patients can make a $313 down payment before starting monthly payments of only $179. 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!
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, General Dentist. With many years of experience, he’s helped countless patients achieve the smile they’ve always wanted and looks forward to helping you too!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.