Patients often have many questions about braces treatment. The residents of Smyrna, Vinings, and the surrounding communities in Atlanta, Georgia can now come to Smile Envy Dental Group for all their dental needs.
What Are Braces?
Braces consist of brackets that are bonded to the teeth and connected by a thin metal wire. Every four to six weeks Dr. Lofters will adjust the brackets to help move your teeth into a healthy position. Brackets are made from stainless steel or ceramic materials. The metal wire is held in place with rubber elastics that come in a variety of colors.
How Long are Braces Worn?
Braces are typically worn from 12 to 44 months. This varies by patient and the timeline for your braces may change as your treatment progresses.
Will Braces Hurt?
Braces are not painful. After the initial appointment, you may experience soreness and discomfort for a few days while your mouth adjusts to having the braces. Throughout your treatment, the orthodontist will adjust your braces. You may experience small aches or a tender feeling after these appointments. This is normal and will subside. You can use an over-the-counter pain medicine to ease any discomfort you may experience.
Can I Play Sports with Braces?
Yes, you can play sports with braces. Dr. Lofters recommends a mouth guard to protect your mouth and your braces. Our staff can assist you in finding a good mouth guard for your level of activity.
What Foods Do I Need to Avoid With My Braces?
While wearing braces, patients should avoid very sticky foods such as gum, caramel and taffy. Also, very hard foods such as popcorn, raw carrots, and whole apples can damage the wire or dislodge a bracket from the tooth. Apples should be cut into smaller pieces. We will provide you with more information on foods to avoid during your treatment.
What If My Braces Break?
If your braces break in any way, including the brackets or wires, contact the office immediately. Any pain beyond the initial soreness should also be reported immediately to the orthodontist.
What Is the Cost for Braces?
The cost of braces will vary based on your needs, the type of braces you have and other factors. Braces may be covered by your dental insurance. We will work with you to determine your benefits coverage and what you may owe for your treatment. Smile Envy Dental Group offers financing through CareCredit® as well as other payment options.
Why Choose Smile Envy Dental Group?
Dr. David Lofters has been helping patients smile bigger and brighter for over a decade. He has a doctorate in Dental Surgery and is certified in orthodontics. With a focus on education, our team diligently makes sure that all of your questions are answered. We stay up-to-date on the latest techniques and tools available to give our patients the best care available. Our team can handle all of your dental needs and coordinate effective, timely care. You will feel right at home in our professional, modern office.
Whether you are correcting problematic teeth or adjusting your smile for a more confident appearance, braces can be a great choice for the residents of Atlanta and surrounding areas of Georgia. If you are looking to restore your smile and self-confidence, we encourage you to contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. David Lofters at Smile Envy Dental Group to discuss your options.