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Traditional Metal Braces – Hamden, CT

The Tried and True Path to Straighter Teeth

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Dental misalignment contributes to a slew of problems, including tooth decay, jaw pain, and more. They can also have a negative effect on facial aesthetics. Orthodontic treatment can help to correct all such issues. While modern dentistry has seen the emergence of a number of remarkably innovative methods for straightening teeth, traditional metal braces remain one of the most reliable, effective, and affordable ways to do so. If you would like to learn if braces are a fit for your circumstances, contact us schedule your consultation with our on-staff orthodontist.

Why Choose New Haven Dental Group for Traditional Metal Braces?

The Braces Process

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For some patients, we must do a little preparatory treatment, such as extractions, to make sure the braces are able to achieve the desired results. After your mouth is ready for braces, we will place them on your teeth.

Traditional braces consist of brackets that are bonded to the teeth, as well as a thin wire that connects the brackets. Together, the brackets and wire apply constant, gentle pressure to the teeth. Over time, that pressure moves teeth closer and closer to their proper positions. Throughout your treatment period, you must visit us regularly so we can tighten the braces and thereby keep your teeth on the path toward correct alignment.

Exactly how long you will need to wear your braces will depend on the extent of your orthodontic problems. The average treatment time is 18 – 36 months. Our team will always be ready to support you if you have questions or concerns while you are on your journey toward straighter, healthier teeth.

Candidates for Traditional Braces

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Traditional metal braces can play a part in correcting almost any orthodontic problem, including:

Most individuals with the above-listed issues are candidates for braces, including both children and adults. When you visit us to talk about orthodontics, we will let you know for sure whether traditional braces are a suitable solution for you.

Benefits of Braces

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Some of the most outstanding benefits of traditional metal braces include:

Understanding the Cost of Braces

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The cost of braces in New Haven varies from case to case. It depends on multiple factors, such as the extent of an individual’s dental misalignment. During your consultation, we will be able to give you a personalized price estimate. As a general rule, braces tend to be more cost-effective than clear aligners. Our team will even help you learn about options that may make your treatment as affordable as possible.

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Factors that Affect the Cost of Braces

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A few factors that influence the cost of braces include:

  • The severity of the dental misalignment. Issues like extremely crooked teeth or a badly misaligned bite take more time to correct than simpler issues. Therefore, they tend to incur higher fees.
  • The use of accessories. Elastics, headgear, or other accessories are sometimes needed to facilitate successful treatment.
  • If you accidentally break your braces or have other mishaps that interfere with your treatment, your overall costs may be higher.
  • The type of braces used. Traditional metal braces are usually the lowest-priced orthodontic option offered by dental professionals.

Braces vs. DIY Options

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You have probably seen ads for mail-order clear aligner treatments that come at a surprisingly low price. You might have also watched social media videos featuring individuals who claimed that they straightened their own teeth with household supplies. While such options might seem like a smart way to save money, you should be extremely cautious.

Any type of at-home, DIY braces are dangerous. Without professional dental guidance, you could end up worsening your dental health. Mail order clear aligners are slightly better because they provide a degree of oversight. However, they still do not come with the one-on-one attention from a dental professional that is necessary for truly high-quality treatment.

Although braces may seem expensive at first, they are a wise investment in your oral health. Not only do they have a proven track record of success, but they also have the potential to enhance your smile and boost your confidence.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Braces?

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Some types of dental insurance cover braces in New Haven. It is common for them to provide orthodontic coverage for patients under age 19, but coverage for adults is harder to come by. You will have to look at your policy to see how it applies. If it does cover braces, it may reduce your out of pocket costs by hundreds of dollars or more. Our team will be happy to help you understand your insurance plan, file your claims, and maximize your benefits.

Options for Making Braces Affordable

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As a braces dentist in New Haven, we want you to be able to afford your treatment. To help you out, we offer a few provisions:

  • Most patients qualify for a low-interest payment plan through CareCredit.
  • In-house payment plan. You can get braces for as little as $187/month when you sign up for AutoPay. We will even make your first payment for you!

Would you like to learn more about braces and their cost? Get in touch with us today to schedule a consultation. You can rely on us to help you navigate every aspect of your treatment, including its financial details.

Braces FAQs

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Braces in New Haven have the potential to transform your smile and enhance your quality of life. Of course, it is understandable if you want to gather as much information as possible about them before you commit to anything. To assist you, we have put together a list of some frequently asked questions about this treatment, along with brief, to-the-point answers. If you do not see the specific information that you were hoping for, give us a call — our team will be happy to speak with you.

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How Long Do Braces Take?

Treatment time with braces takes an average of 18 – 36 months. That is quite a large range; the specific treatment time for each patient depends on a variety of factors, including the degree of a person’s dental misalignment, how well they comply with treatment, and their age. During your consultation, we will be able to estimate how long it will take for your braces to achieve the desired results. Although 18 – 36 months might seem like a long wait, the time is likely to fly by once you get into a good routine with your braces.

Do Braces Hurt?

Modern braces are more comfortable than their predecessors of past generations. However, keep in mind that orthodontic treatment is effective because it applies consistent pressure to the teeth. Naturally, they can cause some soreness, particularly in the first few days after you get your braces tightened. Taking over the counter pain relievers and sipping on cool water may help you cope with any discomfort.

Also, in some cases, the metal parts of braces may irritate a patient’s cheeks or tongue. If that happens to you, orthodontic wax may be able to help. Any severe or prolonged pain, as well as any obvious damage to the braces, merits a call to our office.

What if My Braces Broke?

If your braces suffer damage, one of the first things you should do is assess the situation. Something like a bent wire is a fairly common occurrence that is usually not difficult to manage, but if your teeth are hurting or there are major signs of damage to your braces, the situation is more urgent. In any case, you should call your cosmetic dentist in New Haven as soon as you can for guidance; we may also schedule an appointment for you. Prior to your visit, you may be able to reduce any discomfort by bending protruding wires against your teeth, and/or covering broken parts with orthodontic wax.

Who Is a Candidate for Braces?

Braces are one of the most versatile orthodontic treatments. They can benefit patients of almost any age, from young children to mature adults with many decades of life experience. They can also correct a wide variety of orthodontic issues, ranging from minor misalignment to severe crookedness and bite problems. During your consultation, we will be able to determine for sure whether braces are a good fit for your unique situation.

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