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Braces – Irving, TX

Get a Straight Smile with Braces

young girls with braces For well over 100 years, patients with bite and alignment concerns have turned to metal braces in Irving to get the straight, healthy smile they deserve. They are effective for treating even the most complex orthodontic needs using a series of brackets and wires. Whether used in children, teens, or adults, we can move your family’s teeth into their ideal positions to create healthy, beautiful smiles that last.

How Do Traditional Braces Work?

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Braces gradually move your teeth from pressure that’s continuously applied to them over time. Brackets are bonded to the front surfaces of the teeth to hold an arch wire in place. Adjustments are made to the wire every couple of weeks to reposition your teeth. This allows your bone to change as a result of the pressure to anchor each tooth firmly in their new position. Some people may require springs or other attachments to achieve the best alignment possible.

Indications of Braces

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Braces are effective in correcting a variety of orthodontic issues, including:

Crowding

Teeth that are too close together or overlap are difficult to clean effectively, increasing your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Braces will move your teeth off one another to ensure they line up correctly.

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Spaces Between Teeth

Gaps between your teeth make it easy for food debris to get trapped. You also have a heightened risk of an injury to your gum tissue or bad breath. Braces can close the gaps between your teeth to fix the spaces in your smile.

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Bite Alignment

Sometimes, the positioning of your teeth can impact how your teeth come together when your mouth is closed. If there isn’t a balance, it can make it difficult to chew while also increasing the risk of many other complications, like uneven wear on your enamel and jaw pain.

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Benefits of Braces

Often, people think misaligned teeth are only an aesthetic problem, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Although it will impact your confidence, orthodontic issues can harm your oral health and your quality of life. Braces are an investment because they not only give you a beautiful smile but other advantages as well, such as:

  • Effective for a wide range of needs.
  • Reduces risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues.
  • Promotes proper oral functions.
  • Improves confidence.

Understanding the Cost of Braces

There isn’t a set price for braces because the cost is determined by a variety of factors, like the severity of your alignment concerns. Many dental insurances cover a portion of the cost of the treatment until you reach your annual limit. We’ll work on your behalf with your insurance carrier to reduce the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket. We accept several payment options to cover any remaining balance, like CareCredit. We’ll help you find the solutions you need to keep your braces affordable.

Traditional Braces FAQs

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Do you have several burning questions about the process of getting traditional braces in Irving and what your life will be like while you’re undergoing treatment? Fixing orthodontic problems can help improve your oral health and make you feel more confident about the appearance of your smile. For your convenience, we’ve answered some common questions we receive from patients below.

What happens when braces get put on?

During your consultation, your dentist in Irving will go over all of the details of the day you’ll have your braces put on. That way, you know what to expect. For now, we’ll outline some basics of your treatment. It will take about an hour to place your brackets and wires in your mouth, but before we do that, we’ll polish and clean your teeth to ensure that no plaque or tartar gets trapped in hard-to-reach areas of your mouth. After that, we’ll paint a primer substance and bonding glue to attach your brackets to your teeth. Lastly, Dr. Hirji will place the archwire through the brackets and secure them in place using elastics.

At the end of your appointment, we’ll go over some basic maintenance tips with you so you feel comfortable brushing and flossing with your braces.

Am I too old to get braces?

You’re never too mature to fix orthodontic issues and reduce your risk of developing oral health problems. Countless people over the age of 21 receive braces every year to help align their bite and straighten severely crowded teeth to make it easier to brush and floss every day. If you’re self-conscious about having traditional braces placed in your mouth, you can always speak with Dr. Hirji about getting Invisalign aligners instead. These are practically unnoticeable aligning trays that are able to fix a majority of minor and moderately severe orthodontic issues.

How often do I need to visit my orthodontist when I have braces?

It’s important to regularly visit Dr. Hirji while you’re undergoing treatment so we can ensure that your braces continue shifting your teeth into their ideal positions. Typically, you’ll visit us every four to eight weeks so we can adjust the archwires and check the progress you’ve made. They usually only last about a half-hour to an hour.

Do braces hurt?

Your braces in Irving should never hurt you while you’re undergoing treatment. If you feel uncomfortable or in pain while you’re wearing them, be sure to contact our office right away.

It’s important to note that you will go through an adjustment period after you first get them on though. The appliance places a strategic amount of pressure to gradually move your teeth, so you may experience some sore or tenderness when they get tightened. Fortunately, this slight discomfort can easily be taken care of with over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen, and it should go away within a few days.

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Daily Smiles MacArthur provides braces for the entire family. Contact our office to schedule a consultation with your dentist in Irving to create generations of healthy, beautiful smiles.