Braces FAQ

Changing Lives

One Smile at a time

Are There Any Alternatives to Braces?

Yes! If you aren’t sure that braces are the best option for your lifestyle and are looking for something more discreet, we are proud to offer Invisalign to all of our patients. Invisalign is a series of plastic aligners that are gradually adjusted to provide you with a beautiful smile after wearing them. This treatment is popular because the aligners are virtually invisible and easily removed, so you can eat whatever you like. If you are interested in hearing more about your eligibility and what this treatment would look like for you, we suggest scheduling your complimentary first visit to understand all of your options.

What’s the Best Age to Get Braces?

There is no wrong age to get braces. Anyone with orthodontics needs can benefit from braces as long as they have a healthy mouth. That being said, it may be easier for kids or younger teens to have timely success in braces because their mouths and jaws are still forming and are more susceptible to shifting.

How Long Do People Have to Wear Braces?

The amount of time spent in braces is different for every person. Our treatment plans aren’t one-size-fits-all, so timeframes can’t be either. The length of treatment depends on how many problems there are to be corrected and how extensive these issues are. The more problems to be fixed, the more time we need to effectively correct them.

While every patient is different, many get their braces off after one to two years. This is a broad range, but if you come in for a complimentary consultation Dr. McClaran will be able to give you a more realistic timeline.

Are Braces Really Necessary?

We will never offer you a treatment we think is unnecessary. We are in the business of beautiful smiles, and we want to help you in any way we can. Braces are an amazing tool to improve aesthetics along with oral health for those who need orthodontic help. They are a personal investment that is known to boost self-esteem and provide a healthier lifestyle to their wearers.

Do Braces Do Anything Other than Improving My Smile?

Braces are known for creating beautiful smiles, but they can also be critical to having good oral health and, in turn, good overall health as well. Tooth decay can occur when teeth are not properly taken care of, and this tooth decay can reach the bloodstream if left untreated for long enough. We want our patients to have full rows of pearly whites, and orthodontic treatment is a great tool to improve your health.

Do Braces Hurt?

We try to make your treatment journey as comfortable as possible, but there are some natural discomforts that come with the appliance. There may be a transition period while you are getting used to the feeling of metal on your teeth. There also may be some slight pain associated with the shifting of teeth. As your teeth shift closer into position for your dream smile, you may need to take over-the-counter pain medication or use braces wax to dampen any pain.

How Much Do Braces Cost?

The price of braces varies depending on the patient and the treatment plan. We personalize every treatment experience to the needs of our patients, and if they have extensive needs they may need to remain in treatment for an extended period.
We work with your insurance provider and provide flexible financing plans to give you the best opportunity to invest back into yourself. We don’t want you to break the bank to get the smile you deserve, so we work hard to provide you with options that work for your stage of life.

Am I Too Old for Braces?

Not at all! As long as your mouth is healthy, you could be a candidate for braces. Many orthodontic problems develop or worsen in adulthood, so we work hard to treat patients of all ages with individualized care and consideration. We believe that a few years of wearing braces as an adult is worth a lifetime of improved self-esteem and oral health.