Braces in Virginia Beach, VA
Crooked teeth, poor bites, and jaw misalignment are easily corrected with braces. In Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, and all throughout Virginia’s eastern shore, Drs. Savage, Sabol, & Visser create and improve teeth on children, teens, and adults to give them a perfect smile.
What are Braces?
Braces are typically dental appliances used to straighten teeth and correct poor bites and give you that beautiful smile of a lifetime. Orthodontists use metal or clear brackets through which wires are threaded and anchored on the back molars. When applied, the wires are gently adjusted every six to eight weeks to gradually re-position their teeth into the correct alignment. Children, teens, as well as adults can wear braces to straighten their teeth.
Type of Braces
The most commonly used appliance is the traditional metal appliance that has been used for years; however, there are several different types of braces, including:
This type of braces is similar to traditional metal braces, but are made of almost clear ceramic and are similar in color to teeth. They are preferred by those who are unable to wear Invisalign® but do not want to wear noticeable braces.
Lingual braces are worn like metal braces, but are positioned on the backsides of the teeth so that they are not noticeable to anyone. They are common with people who are self-conscious about their appearance and are not interested in wearing Invisalign®.
Metal braces are the most recognized type of braces. They are the most durable and treat all types of problems.
Spacers are used to make spaces in-between teeth where orthodontic bands may be worn as anchors to hold wires threaded through the braces.
Colored braces are simply metal braces with colored elastic bands placed over brackets to hold wires to the brackets. These are popular with children and teens as they can pick what color they want and can change the colors when they go for appointments.
When children have issues that can be corrected early as permanent teeth erupt, orthodontists may recommend preventative braces which avert small issues before they become major problems.
Accelerated orthodontics is an advanced technique that may be used to speed up the treatment process so that people wearing braces can achieve their goals in less time.
This type of braces is used to correct non-severe orthodontic problems where the patient’s chief concern relates only to smile improvement. It is used with mild to moderate cases of crooked and overcrowded teeth.
Why Do I Need Braces?
If your teeth are crooked or crowded, your jaws are out of alignment, or your bite is off, you may benefit from braces to correct the issues. These issues not only present cosmetic challenges, but they may also hinder your oral hygiene, leading to other health problems.
How Do Braces Work?
The process of wearing braces depends on the type of braces you select with the recommendation from your orthodontist. Treatment processes also vary but, for the most part, take between six months and two years to move teeth in their correct positions. The treatment process requires regular visits to the orthodontist to ensure the treatment is progressing according to plan and make any changes necessary for you to achieve your ideal smile.
How Do I Take Care of My Braces?
Wearing braces requires consistent care of them and your teeth through proper oral hygiene. This means you must brush after every meal and floss once or twice a day to prevent food particles from being lodged in hard to reach areas and causing plaque to build up. During appointments, we review how to care for your braces and teeth and provide instructions for those areas that need additional attention to keep them free of plaque. Patients should continue to see their regular dentist and hygienist during their orthodontic treatment.
How Much Do Braces Cost in Virginia Beach?
The cost of braces is based on the type of braces worn, how long the treatment process is, and whether other treatments may be done at the same time. We review the costs with you during your complimentary consultation with our doctors, as well as payment and financing options through our in-house program or CareCredit®. Additionally, we can help determine if your dental insurance provides or offers any coverage for orthodontics to help reduce your out-of-pocket expense.
Braces allow orthodontists to re-position teeth and correct misalignment to their correct positions. In Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, and all throughout Virginia’s eastern shore, Drs. Savage, Sabol & Visser treat children, teens, and adults with braces to give produce a beautiful, confident smile that can last a lifetime. Contact us for your complimentary consultation today!
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