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Having uneven or misaligned teeth can have a negative impact on your confidence. Fortunately, orthodontic concerns are usually easy to correct with the help of braces. Adults, teenagers, and children with uneven smiles can transform their teeth and boost their confidence by getting braces from Delaware Smile Center’s in-house orthodontist, Dr. Sophia Usmani.



What Are Braces?

Braces are small devices placed on teeth that slowly pull them into alignment. While wearing braces, you will visit the orthodontist periodically to have them tightened so they can continue to move your teeth. The length of time people wear braces varies widely depending upon the severity of their teeth misalignment, and can range from 6 months to 2 years.

While braces are suitable for people of all ages, it is easier for them to straighten the teeth of children and teenagers. This is because the bones underneath the gums are still growing and tend to shift teeth easily. Braces are still a great option for adults, but the prime age to get them is typically 10 to 14. For adults with mild or moderate misalignment, an alternative treatment like 6 Month Smiles may be able to provide the desired results in less time.

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What Types of Braces Are Available?

There are many different types of braces for you to choose from. Options can include straightening upper, lower or both, which can then help determine which type is best for you. Also, the severity of your misalignment, age, budget, and personal preference are factors to consider before choosing one of the following types:

  • Metal braces: This option is the most common. The brackets that are cemented to your teeth are made of silver metal. The braces are very visible, but you can customize them with colored bands to add your own personality. This option is also the most cost-efficient.
  • Ceramic braces: If metal braces are unappealing to you because of how visible they are, you may want to consider a different kind of braces. Ceramic braces use tooth-colored, ceramic brackets so they are only visible when you look closely.
  • Lingual Braces: This option involves metal braces being placed behind the teeth so they can’t be seen. However, lingual braces are not suitable to treat every orthodontic condition and cause much more discomfort than other types of braces.
  • Clear Aligners (AKA Invisalign): This is becoming a very common option for teens and adults. Why so many people choose this option is due to the fact that Invisalign clear aligners are virtually invisible, so people may not even notice you’re wearing them. They are custom made to fit over your teeth and are removable for eating, brushing, etc. They are to be worn 20-22 hours a day for and replaced every one-two weeks.

“Love the team here! Never had the straightest teeth so got braces in my adulthood. I was initially skeptical since I've never had a great experience with a dentist, but they are so kind here! Barely any pain over the 2 years I had braces and my smile is amazing now!” - Courtney L.

How Do Braces Affect Sensitive Teeth?

Although each person is different, having sensitive teeth is a common occurrence, affecting as many as 1 in 8 people. For those with sensitive teeth, braces typically do not hurt, but you may feel sore right after having them adjusted.  Getting your routine scheduled adjustment can cause teeth to change their position which may cause some discomfort. The good news is that this type of sensitivity should only last a day or two and is easily treatable.

If you are experiencing sensitivity issues, Delaware Smile Center can help you find solutions and is always available for any questions you have. For patients who are particularly concerned about the impacts of braces, we can also discuss alternative orthodontic treatments, such as Invisalign.

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How to Learn If Braces Are Right For You?

Braces can bring your teeth into alignment and give you a beautiful smile you can be proud of, so don’t wait to get to find out if they are a good fit for you. Contact Delaware Smile Center today to get started.