There are major advantages to the investment of braces through Connoyer Dental. Straight teeth and a great looking smile are the obvious ones, but there are other health benefits as well. Braces can relieve headaches, jaw pain, tooth grinding, gum disease, and general inflammation. Even improved breathing and less snoring can occur with braces. We’re here to break down answers to your braces questions, so take a look.

When is a good time for treatment?

The treatment time for braces may vary between patients. It really depends upon the results that need to be achieved. Complicated problems can take upwards of two or three years of treatment time, while others can expect a straight smile in mere months. We can give you a more accurate idea of how long your treatment should take during a braces consultation. Also, there are technologic advances that can gently speed up the time you are in braces.

Will braces affect my speech?

Braces can affect your speech at first, creating a slight lisp that can be overcome. The issue usually resolves itself in the first weeks of treatment.

How old should one be for braces?

There is no exact age range for treatment with braces. We do recommend earlier treatment, however, because braces can be used to prevent issues like jaw pain and grinding from developing in the first place. It’s never too late for treatment though, so if you’re an adult with alignment issues, please come see us for a consultation!

How do I know if my child needs braces?

It is strongly recommended to evaluate straightness issues as early as 7 years old, once a child’s first permanent molars come in. If you notice alignment issues or pain problems you should contact us immediately regarding treatment timing. Problems are not always obvious though and the front teeth can look straight while other alignment can still be off. Regular dental appointments can help diagnose these types of issues, so keep your child’s appointments and we’ll remain diligent towards your child’s dental health.

How do I care for my braces?

It’s always important to practice good oral hygiene. This includes brushing and flossing after every meal. You should avoid hard and sticky foods when you have braces as they can cause damage or breakage. Keep all your orthodontic appointments and follow your dentist’s recommendations and you should have great success in your treatment.

Call for your no-obligation consultation and we’ll walk through all the concerns surrounding your unique needs. We’re committed to making your orthodontic journey a smooth one.