Welcome to Braces Guide!

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    Welcome to Braces Guide!

    How do Braces Work?

    The way the body produces tooth movement is quite an amazing and complicated process.

    Many different tissues, cells, and cell signaling substances, along with wires, brackets, forces etc. combine to move and straighten the teeth.

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    Welcome to Braces Guide!

    Cost of Braces

    The cost of braces can vary significantly depending on the treatment needed, techniques used, and geographic location.

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    Welcome to Braces Guide!

    Rubber Bands for Braces

    What are rubber bands (elastics) for braces used for, and how do they work?

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Choosing an Orthodontist 

Choosing a specialist in orthodontics is important. Here are some factors to consider when choosing the right orthodontist for you.

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Invisalign™

Invisalign™ is an alternative option for some patients. Clear aligners are used to progressively align the teeth.

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More Braces Information

Browse Braces Guide to learn more about the whole braces treatment process. Click a category below to start.

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Braces Basics

If you have not had braces before, or if you would like more information about what braces are and how they work.

Patient visits with an Orthodontist
Before Braces

When should you see an orthodontist, how to choose a good doctor, what to expect from an exam and how to deal with multiple opinions.

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During Braces

A general overview of what to expect once treatment begins.

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Common Issues

Pain and soreness with braces, breakage of appliances, and how to deal with orthodontic emergencies.

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After Braces

A critically important phase of treatment, retainers to hold and maintain the correction.

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Financial Considerations

Cost of braces, payment options, and general insurance information.

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Invisalign™

Information about Invisalign™ and clear aligner treatment.

Controversial braces topics
Controversial Topics

Extractions, expansion, TMJ issues, and wisdom teeth are a few topics discussed.