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Traditional Orthodontics – Terrell, TX

The Tried and True Path to Straighter Teeth

If you suffer from a degree of dental misalignment, you have numerous treatment options in front of you. One of the most reliable ways to straighten teeth is traditional orthodontics, also called traditional braces. This method is able to address even the most severe cases — plus, the metal braces of today are more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing than those of generations past. If you are considering orthodontic treatment for yourself or your child, braces may be the ideal solution.

Why Choose Texas Dentistry for Traditional Orthodontics?

Traditional Braces for Children and Teens

Smiling teenage boy with traditional orthodontics in Terrell

When you bring your child to us for their routine checkups, we carefully monitor the development and positioning of their teeth. If we notice any misalignment, we will talk to you about your young one’s orthodontic treatment options. Addressing crooked teeth and bite problems as early as possible can prevent future complications and help incoming teeth to emerge in their proper positions.

Some young patients require two phases of orthodontic treatment: one relatively early in their life, and another after all of their permanent teeth have erupted. However, each case is unique; some patients can complete their childhood treatment and enjoy excellent dental alignment for a lifetime.

Traditional Braces for Adults

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While many people consider traditional braces to be solely for children and teens, that is far from the truth! Patients of virtually any age can benefit from them. In fact, millions of adults undergo orthodontic treatment every year. Adults often choose braces rather than other teeth-straightening options because braces are relatively affordable, and they have a long history of producing desirable results.

Caring for Traditional Braces

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We will coach you on the best way to care for both your braces and your teeth during your treatment. Here are some tips to get you started:

 Are you thinking about getting traditional orthodontics for yourself or your child? Contact Texas Dentistry today to schedule your consultation.

Understanding the Cost of Traditional Braces

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Because there are many variables that come into play, the cost of traditional braces in Terrell can vary significantly from patient to patient. No two smiles are the same, which is why it’s impossible to provide an accurate price estimate until you come in for an exam. At Texas Dentistry, we’ll outline your treatment costs based on these individual factors to ensure you know what to expect.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Traditional Braces

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Several factors can influence the overall cost of traditional braces in Terrell, including:

  • The severity of your misalignment. If your teeth need to move a greater distance, your treatment will generally take a bit longer. You may even need additional accessories to achieve your desired results. At the end of the day, this is the most significant contributing factor to the overall price of braces.
  • Your age. Adult teeth tend to move more slowly than those of younger people, which can make your treatment a bit more complex and slightly more costly.
  • The number of appointments needed. Braces must be adjusted regularly throughout your treatment. The frequency of your appointments can influence the overall cost of your care.
  • Your treatment compliance. Failing to follow your treatment instructions can damage your braces and delay your treatment, resulting in additional expenses.

Professional Braces vs. “DIY” Braces: Which Costs More?

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If you’re a do-it-yourself person, you may be tempted to save money by creating your own braces using household objects. You may have come across trends of people attempting to straighten their teeth on their own using over-the-counter objects like fishing lines, earring backs, orthodontic wax, superglue, rubber bands, paper clips, dental floss, and hair elastics. While these solutions may seem like a great way to save money, they can wreak havoc on your smile in the long run.

DIY braces have often led to people having worse dental misalignment than what they started with. Not only can it damage your enamel and gums, but you may end up spending more money than if you’d gotten professional braces to begin with. Save yourself the headache, stress, and unnecessary expenses by investing in professional treatment!

Does Dental Insurance Cover Braces?

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You’ll be happy to know that some dental insurance plans do offer coverage for orthodontic treatment. They usually have a lifetime orthodontic maximum, which covers 50% of the cost of treatment up to the given spending limit. However, certain plans limit their coverage to patients under the age of 18 or 19. If you need help understanding your policy, don’t hesitate to reach out. Our team is more than happy to help!

Options for Making Braces Affordable

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Don’t have dental insurance? No problem! We offer additional financing options to make your treatment more affordable. Some of those include:

  • CareCredit Financing: With this option, you can split the overall cost of your braces into smaller monthly installments. These payment plans often come with little-to-no interest attached, allowing you to save even more money.
  • In-House Membership Plan: For one flat annual fee, you can get the preventive care you need and enjoy sizeable discounts on other services. You essentially get the benefits of traditional insurance without the red tape!

Traditional Orthodontics FAQs

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Are you a parent with a child that needs traditional braces and aren’t sure where to turn? Thinking of pursuing orthodontic treatment for yourself? At Texas Dentistry, we’re ready to take your questions and give you detailed answers so you can make the most informed decision regarding your oral health. Below, you can read through the most common questions we hear for your convenience. However, if there’s another question you’d like addressed, please give us a call.

I have missing teeth. Are braces still an option?

They sure are! When teeth are removed or lost, remaining teeth will begin to move out of place. This overcompensation can lead to functional, esthetic, and periodontal problems later on. By completing orthodontic treatments like traditional braces, you can counter the shift of your existing teeth. Dr. Tran is happy to walk you through the process and help your teeth achieve proper alignment. Doing this can also make the tooth replacement process easier should you decide to begin treatment afterwards.

Will getting braces hurt?

Orthodontic treatments have only improved over the years, making them more comfortable as well to use. For example, the individual components tend to be smaller than they have been previously, which means wearing them for months and years at a time has only gotten easier for parents and children alike. Following adjustments, you may experience a small amount of soreness, but this is a normal part of the orthodontic process. Of course, you can also take over-the-counter painkillers if needed.

When should I bring my child in for an evaluation?

Our office (as well as the American Association of Orthodontists) recommends that you bring your child in for a detailed orthodontic evaluation once they are seven years old. By doing so, we can catch underlying problems much sooner, whether they be rotations in teeth, misalignment, an uneven bite, or other problems related to their mouth and jaw. Doing this also ensures we can correct them before they become more severe and take more time to resolve.

Are traditional orthodontics covered by dental insurance?

Dental insurance generally doesn’t cover traditional braces if the patient is over 18, but exceptions can be made for those who are under 18. In most cases, these plans offer at least partial coverage for your child, often as high as 50%. Don’t have dental insurance? Our in-house membership plan and third-party options like CareCredit can also help.

What’s the best way to know if my child needs braces?

We always encourage parents to bring their child in for an evaluation even if they aren’t sure if they will need braces. However, it also helps to keep a few signs in mind as they can be more noticeable than you’d think. For example, your child may need braces if they:

  • Struggle to chew or bite down
  • Are a constantly breathing through their mouth
  • Have baby teeth that have erupted too early, late, or irregularly
  • Have teeth that don’t come together evenly
  • Have teeth that are disproportionate to the rest of their face
  • Have a jaw that shifts or protrudes
  • Have a bad thumb-sucking or finger-sucking habit
  • Have crowded, misaligned, or blocked teeth
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