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Traditional Braces – Marlborough, MA

A Time-Tested Way to Realign Your Teeth

Traditional braces have been around for a very long time (with the concept first appearing centuries ago), yet throughout years of advancements they’ve remained the standard when it comes to straightening teeth and adjusting uneven bites before they eventually cause severe complications. The longer you wait to have the treatment done, the more oral health challenges your child might face later. If you think the time for traditional braces in Marlborough, MA is now, call Simply Orthodontics Marlborough today to schedule an appointment.

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The Traditional Braces Process

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Some patients might have unique issues, so we’ll have to examine your mouth so that we can address these problems right away. The next step is for the braces to be attached, which will happen at your next appointment. After the teeth are cleaned and dried, a small amount of bonding material is attached to the enamel, allowing for the placement of metal brackets. Once all the brackets are in place, they’ll be attached by an arch wire threaded through them. The wire will be held by a series of small elastic bands that come in the color of your choice.

Expected Treatment Time

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All orthodontic patients want to know how long they’ll need to wear their braces, but the answer can vary depending on your circumstances. The success of the treatment partially depends on how much space is available in your mouth as well as how far the teeth need to travel. Most people will wear braces for about one to three years, and after that they’ll need to use a retainer to stop the teeth from shifting back to their original positions. The treatment should remain on schedule as long as you follow our instructions and properly brush and floss your teeth while you’re at home.

Are Traditional Braces Right for You?

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There are plenty of orthodontic options available, but traditional braces are normally your best bet if you have severely crooked, misaligned, or rotated teeth. They’re also a good solution for a badly uneven bite. Before we recommend traditional braces to you or your child, our orthodontists will need to perform a detail examination to determine how complex the case really is. If you have a relatively minor issue, it may be a good idea to consider an alternative such as Invisalign that will take less time and require less of a commitment; we’ll be more than happy to explain these different options to you.

Understanding the Cost of Traditional Braces

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Understanding the cost of traditional braces is important. After all, you need to fully understand your financial investment upfront to avoid unwanted surprises down the line! That’s why our team at Simply Orthodontic Marlborough dedicates some time in your consultation to reviewing the price as well as the financial solutions we offer. Of course, if your appointment is still a few weeks away or you’d like to continue your research online before scheduling yours, you can also read on!

Factors That Affect the Cost of Traditional Braces

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To provide you with an accurate estimate of the price, we need to take X-rays, examine your bite, and more. Each step of the process is designed to give us important insight, like how complex your case is, if rubber bands and other orthodontic accessories are needed, and whether you need to straighten one or both arches of teeth. There are also other factors that will impact the length of your treatment, including your age and how well you follow all of the guidelines given to you (such as steering clear of hard and sticky foods).

Professional Braces vs. "DIY" Braces: Which Costs More?

Patient holding up Invisalign in Marlborough

Professional braces almost always cost more than “DIY” braces. That doesn’t mean, however, that it’s a poor investment – quite the opposite! Metal brackets and wires are a tried-and-true orthodontic treatment that’s been used for decades and has helped millions of patients around the world. Plus, they are created and supervised by licensed dental professionals and use the latest dental technology, which ensures that the condition of your oral health isn’t negatively impacted in the teeth-straightening process. Simply put, professional braces may come with a higher upfront cost, but they are more than worth it.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Braces?

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There are some cases where the answer is “yes!” So, if you are currently insured, we recommend giving your provider a call or reading through the fine print on your plan. You may have a once-in-a-lifetime orthodontic benefit, which might cover 50% of the cost of traditional braces. Our practice is also insurance-friendly. So, if you are having a hard time understanding your coverage, you can ask our team for help.

Options for Making Braces Affordable

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In addition to welcoming dental insurance and Medicaid, our team is happy to accept flexible financing with LendingPoint. We’d be happy to review the details of this financial solution with you at your consultation, but many patients love it because it allows you to space out your payments into budget-friendly chunks. Of course, we also have periodic special offers you can take advantage of as well, such as a free consultation!

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