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. Our patients can start treatment for as little as $99 with low monthly payments.
What are Braces?
Braces are typically orthodontic 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.
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. We offer orthodontic treatment options for just $99 down and as little as $200 a month.
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.
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. Our patients can start treatment for as little as $99 with low monthly payments. Contact us for your complimentary consultation today!
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their initial examination at age 7. By doing this initial exam, a dentist specially trained in the growth and development of the face and jaws (called an Orthodontist) can determine the best course of action for your child. Often, the Orthodontist will recommend monitoring your child’s growth with periodic visits until the permanent teeth have come in and complete Orthodontic treatment can be started around age 12-13. Occasionally, there will be a problem that needs to be addressed at an earlier age in order to avoid bigger problems at an older age.
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Rarely. Although it is harder to move teeth in adults due to increased bone density, this generally doesn’t slow down treatment times. Don’t let length of treatment keep you from seeking treatment. There are many different options on how to treat adult patients and your Orthodontist can explain how to treat your case as quickly as possible.
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There is NO best time to get braces. Most patients seek treatment when they are between 10-13 years old because that is when the adult teeth have come into the mouth and Orthodontists can take advantage of the growth of the jaws during these years to get excellent results. Never think that you are too old to seek Orthodontic treatment. If you don’t like the look of your smile, call an Orthodontist and they will gladly tell you how to make your smile better than you ever thought it could be.
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There are many different ways to correct smiles and bites. Invisalign is often a great choice for patients who want to correct their smiles without having to wear traditional braces. Check with an Orthodontist to explore the many ways to improve your smile.
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Every case is different and the length of your treatment will depend on the difficulty of your problem. Orthodontic movement of teeth can take anywhere from 3-6 months on simple problems to up to 24 months on difficult situations.
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The cost of orthodontic treatment depends both on the severity of your specific issues and the type of treatment you choose. In general, the cost of treatment can range from $4000 to over $7500. In order to better understand the cost specific to you or your child’s needs it would be best to schedule an examination and consultation with an orthodontist.
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In general braces are not free. Children who qualify for Medicaid insurance may be able to get braces paid for by their state government. You should contact your state Medicaid office to find a Medicaid provider near you and they can help determine if your child qualifies for free braces paid for by the state.
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There are many options for straightening your teeth. In general, the least expensive options are retainers that can be used for minor tooth movement. When braces need to be attached to your teeth, then traditional metal braces are typically the least expensive. Ceramic (clear) braces and clear aligners such as Invisalign are more expensive options.
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No braces cannot be worn for fun. Braces and clear aligners are medical/dental devices that move teeth through bone and soft tissue. If the braces are not properly adjusted, maintained and monitored by an orthodontist you could be at risk for cavities, gum disease and loss of teeth. A dentist or orthodontist would not be willing to apply braces for “fun” unless there is a necessary need for treatment.
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Braces and clear aligners will straighten your teeth but unfortunately as we age teeth are at risk of moving. Retainers are necessary after braces treatment to keep teeth from shifting. Typically you will need to wear retainers for 8-12 hours every night. Retainers are part of your long term orthodontic treatment to maintain your beautiful smile.
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The good news is that it is never too late for orthodontic treatment. Braces and clear aligners can be effective from ages 8 to 75+. So you can have that beautiful smile you have always dreamed about. Of course there some limitations and differences in goals. Often times adults have preexisting conditions such as missing teeth and restorations that may limit treatment options, but in general, orthodontist are able to achieve your goals for a beautiful smile.
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