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Braces FAQs in Virginia Beach, VA

There is a lot to understand about getting braces for yourself or for your children. Drs. Savage, Sabol & Visser strive to make it easy to get the necessary information when considering orthodontics. People in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Virginia’s eastern shore, along with the surrounding communities, may go through the Braces FAQ to get their questions answered.

What are Braces?

Braces are orthodontic appliances that correct crooked teeth and other orthodontic issues. There are several types of braces that treat different issues as well as provide choices for those undergoing orthodontic treatment. Orthodontists evaluate and treat people with braces to give them straight teeth and a radiant smile.

Why Do People Wear Braces?

There are many reasons people need braces. In addition to the obvious issues such as crooked or crowded teeth, they may need braces to re-position their jaws or correct their bites. When teeth are in proper alignment, it is much easier to maintain proper oral hygiene thus preventing further health issues.

How Do I Care for My Braces?

With braces, it is imperative to maintain proper oral hygiene. Food particles can easily get stuck in hard-to-reach places. We recommend brushing after every meal and flossing each day. Many of our patients have found that a water flosser is an excellent way to reach between the teeth and around the brackets and wires.

What Foods Must I Avoid?

It is best to avoid chewy, sticky, and hard foods along with sugary foods and drinks. While braces are strong and durable, it is important to be careful about what foods you eat to protect your braces and teeth.

How Long Do I Have to Wear Braces?

The length of your treatment plan is based on the corrections being made. We discuss the process with you during your initial consultation so that you have a general idea of how long your treatment plan should take.

Will People Notice My Braces?

Traditional metal braces are somewhat noticeable; however, you can change the colors on the braces to be creative. There are also other types of braces you may choose that are not as visible.

Do Braces Hurt?

Braces cause some minor initial discomfort during the first few days of wearing them and following each adjustment. It is minimal and only lasts for a few days. If it is too uncomfortable, it can be remedied with over-the-counter pain relievers.

How Much Do Braces Cost?

The cost of braces is different with each patient as it is based on the type of braces, the issues being corrected, and the length of the treatment. We review the treatment cost during your complimentary consultation along with payment and financing options. We can also check to see if your dental insurance provides orthodontic coverage to offset the cost and reduce your out-of-pocket expense.

How Do I Know If I Need Braces?

If you are unhappy with your smile or how your teeth look, you may need braces. Children and teens are often referred to an orthodontist following annual check-ups when their regular dentist detect that there may be an orthodontic issue.

Braces correct crooked teeth and improve smiles for people who wear them. In Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake and throughout Virginia’s eastern shore, Drs. Savage, Sabol & Visser provide orthodontic treatment to children, teens, and adults to straighten teeth and create a beautiful smile. Contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation at one of our convenient locations today.