The Dental Center of South Bend
1005 East LaSalle Avenue, South Bend, IN 46617

Dental Braces 101

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If your teeth are crooked or your bite is misaligned in any way, you may benefit greatly from wearing braces and retainers, regardless of your age. Orthodontists are dentists who specialize in addressing these types of issues, and you will be referred to such a professional by your general dentist in South Bend if you need dental braces.

Braces are effective because they apply constant, slow pressure over time to the teeth, helping them move in the desired direction. Braces are comprised of brackets attached to the tooth front, spacers, arch wires, ties, tubes, tiny rubber bands, and sometimes springs. There are a number of types of dental braces, including new “mini-braces” that are good solutions for some patients, as well as a straightening method that employs removable retainers made of plastic. Your orthodontist will recommend the best solution for your specific situation.

The amount of time that braces will need to be worn depends on how serious your crowding or bite problems are and the types of dental braces you have. Generally speaking, however, the average period of time is between one and three years. Once the braces come off, you will likely need to wear a retainer for a significant period of time, primarily at night. This will ensure that the newly straightened and positioned teeth settle into their permanent positions properly.

While you have your braces, you will need to see your orthodontist roughly every month for progress checks and adjustments. Those wearing braces can continue to play sports throughout their treatment, though it may be necessary to wear a specially designed mouthguard to protect against direct hits to the mouth.

Orthodontic treatments can be relatively expensive, with some braces costing between $1,800 and $5,500. Fortunately, there are insurance carriers that do provide partial coverage for these treatments, and it is wise to inquire with your provider to see if you may be eligible for assistance that can put affordable braces within your reach.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in South Bend, call The Dental Center of South Bend today at (574) 367-7000 or make an appointment.

The Dental Center offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in South Bend. With 4 affiliated practices throughout Indiana, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At The Dental Center of South Bend, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at The Dental Center of South Bend.

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