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Traditional Orthodontics – Newtown, Connecticut

Straighten Teeth with Bracket & Wire Braces

Smiling teen girl with braces

Whether you just want to close some gaps between teeth, or you need to correct serious bite alignment issues, traditional bracket and wire braces may offer an effective solution. For decades, orthodontists have relied on bracket and wire braces to deliver healthy, beautiful smiles for our patients. If you or your teenage child have been putting off orthodontic treatment, it’s time to visit the Dentists of Newtown. Our skilled team of dental professionals includes an experienced orthodontist, Dr. Michael Roth. When you’re ready to learn more about your orthodontic treatment options, call our Newtown dental office to schedule a treatment consultation with Dr. Roth. He’ll partner with you to find the best treatment option to deliver straight, beautiful smiles.

How Bracket & Wire Braces Work

Closeup of dentist placing bracesTraditional braces use a series of brackets and wires to shift teeth into their ideal position. Brackets are cemented onto the front of teeth. Then the wires are connected through the brackets. At regular dental appointments, we adjust the wires to place pressure on specific teeth. The force will gently shift the tooth into a new position. Then, we adjust again until each tooth is in its ideal location. Additionally, patients with more advanced issues like over, under, and crossbite may need us to provide treatment to move the entire bite rather than one tooth at time. For these patients, we will combine banding or oral appliance therapy with bracket and wire braces to reposition the entire smile more quickly.

Treatment Time

Teen boy with bracesEvery patient is different, and their bracket and wire braces treatment will be different too. Most people complete traditional orthodontics in 18 to 36 months. Some of the factors that may increase the length of treatment time include the following:

Advantages of Bracket & Wire Orthodontics

Teen girl with braces using water flosserMany people dread the idea of spending many months with a mouthful of brackets and wires, but when traditional braces are the best treatment option, our team can make the process a little less dreadful for patients of all ages, especially preteens and teens. Your creative kids will love all the fun bracket color and shape options and picking out multi-color bands. While kids can still feel self-conscious about the appearance of their braces, they likely have friends who are going through the same thing, and we’ll always remind them that the beautiful smile they’ll have at the end of treatment is well worth spending a few years with brackets and wires.

While bracket and wire braces are often the best option for orthodontic correction, people may still hesitate to complete these treatments. Before beginning any orthodontic treatment, we encourage people to sit down with Dr. Roth to discuss all of their treatment options. Some of situations where traditional bracket and wire braces are the ideal option include:

Traditional Orthodontics FAQs

teen smiling with braces in Newtown

Wearing braces for a couple of years is an investment of your time and money, and you want to be sure it’s the right choice for your smile. So naturally, you might have questions about the treatment, the cost, and other details. Please read the information below to understand a little bit more about orthodontic care, but if you have other concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to our practice and schedule an appointment with us. We’re happy to answer your questions and help you determine whether traditional braces are right for you.

Are Braces Covered by Dental Insurance?

In general, most dental insurance companies partially cover the cost of orthodontic treatment. However, each plan is unique, so we would need to take a closer look at yours specifically to determine how much you’ll end up paying out-of-pocket and how much you’ll be reimbursed. We’ll do everything we can to make sure you enjoy the full benefits you’re entitled to with your dental insurance.

How Can You Help Make Braces More Affordable?

In addition to filing claims with your dental insurance plan, we also accept financing through CareCredit, the most trusted third-party financier in the medical and dental fields. CareCredit allows you to divide the total amount into smaller monthly payments, which are much easier on your wallet than having to pay a one-lump sum. This option may also come with a low interest rate or even no interest at all! Need help applying for CareCredit? We can help you get started and walk you through the steps of getting approved.

How Should You Maintain Your Braces during Treatment?

It’s imperative to take excellent care of your teeth and braces. After all, what good is a straight smile if the teeth have cavities or other problems? During treatment, you need to brush and floss after every time you eat to get rid of bits of food that may be stuck. Our team can show you the proper technique to use to get around your new braces. You also must slightly adjust your diet and avoid certain foods, such as popcorn and sticky candy, to keep the brackets and wires from breaking or getting gummed up.

Do You Need to Wear a Retainer after the Braces Come off?

Once your brackets and wires are removed, you may think you’re done with orthodontics. But hold on! Your teeth are straight now, but they can regress back into their crooked positions unless you wear your retainer as instructed. After a while, typically retainers are only worn at night, giving you the freedom of a perfectly straight smile without having to worry about an appliance.

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