Braces have quickly become a standard treatment for children, adults, and teens in America. Everyone deserves the benefits of a straight, attractive smile. Not only that, braces can help curb future issues like TMJ disorder and tooth decay, allowing you or your child to enjoy your smiles long-term. As a general dentist, Dr. Azouz is qualified to provide orthodontic treatment at his Rocklin dental office.
Traditional braces involve wires and brackets attached to the teeth. The wires gradually shift the teeth into their optimal alignment. Today, we have options for clear or tooth-colored brackets, so you or your child can receive orthodontic treatment that looks more natural.
Dr. Azouz and the team at Serenity Dental provide comprehensive orthodontic treatment, so your family can confidently receive all aspects of care from our Rocklin, CA office. This means you or your child can receive braces, cleanings, and follow-up treatments from one convenient location and a team they can trust. Find answers to common questions about braces, as well as some tips for living with braces below.
- How can I find out if I need braces?
- Why would an adult wear braces?
- What types of braces are available?
- How much do braces cost?
- Is orthodontic treatment different for adults?
- Caring for Braces
How can I find out if I need braces?
Contact with Dr. Azouz and his staff at Serenity Dental and ask for an evaluation. They will determine the most effective treatment based on each individual patient’s needs. Click here to fill out contact information online.
Why would an adult wear braces?
Oftentimes, adults didn't have the chance to receive orthodontic treatment when they were children. They may suffer from overbites, under bites, crooked/crowded teeth, misalign jaw, or jaw joint disorders. If problems like these are left untreated, adults can be faced with biting or chewing issues, tooth decay, headaches, earaches, gum disease, and difficulty speaking clearly. Lastly, a beautifully aligned smile will boost one's self-confidence. Click here to make an appointment with Dr. Azouz to find out how to get braces today.
What types of braces are available?
Serenity Dental offers a variety of orthodontic options, including:
- Invisalign and ClearCorrect – The most current technology in braces includes Invisalign and ClearCorrect, which are a series of inconspicuous, clear, and removable aligners that are custom made for each person's teeth. Invisalign and ClearCorrect braces don't have wires or brackets and are extremely convenient, since they can be removed while eating, during important events, and for cleaning. Also, they won't trap food or plaque between teeth like traditional braces. Invisible braces are well-suited for patients with minor orthodontic issues.
- Traditional Metal Braces – With traditional braces, we have more options than ever before. Traditional braces can have clear or white brackets, and once they are affixed, the braces are extremely unassuming. They are made of high-grade stainless steel. An added advantage of traditional braces is that they tend to provide a quicker and more effective results.
- Ceramic Braces – These braces offer the same quality of treatment as metal braces; however, ceramic braces blend in with the color of the teeth and are much less noticeable. Although ceramic braces may be aesthetically pleasing they tend to break more easily.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Azouz to learn which orthodontic option is right for you.
How much do braces cost?
How much braces will cost depends on which type you choose. The average price is between $5,000 and $6,000, but keep in mind that out-of-pocket costs will likely be more if you decide to go with non-metal braces. To find out if your dental plan will cover braces for adults, take a look at your Evidence of Coverage, Summary Plan Description, or Group Dental Service Contract. Also, make sure you ask our Serenity Dental team to submit a pre-treatment estimate, known as a predetermination, to your dental plan. This will tell you what your out-of-pocket costs will be before your treatment even starts. Serenity Dental offers convenient monthly payment plans through CareCredit® as well. Visit carecredit.com for more information.
Is orthodontic treatment different for adults?
Orthodontic treatment for an adult may be different than for a child or teenager in that it can take longer to achieve the same results. While the benefits for an adult and a child are the same, the average time frame for adult orthodontic treatment is 18 months to three years. Like children, after braces are removed an adult may need to wear a retainer
Caring for Braces
Taking excellent care of braces throughout the orthodontic treatment will support a hassle-free experience. Thoroughly brush teeth, gums, and between the wires, and floss at least once a day. Following a regular brushing and flossing routine will help reduce your risk of cavities. Good oral hygiene may also prevent de-calcification (white spots) on teeth and tooth decay.
Adults should also pay close attention to what they eat. Avoid very hard and sticky foods like gum, taffy, and caramel (as well as anything that can get stuck in the braces), toffee, nuts, crusty bread, and hard/crunchy granola. Consume and enjoy food carefully and you will be able to have an incident-free treatment.
Questions about how your diet will effect your orthodontic treatment? Contact Dr. Darryl Azouz and the Serenity Dental team at (916) 630-1084.
Tips for Living with Braces
Carry a dental kit with a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental wax, floss, a small pack of tissues, and breath drops or spray with you at all times. (There is special floss with hard ends made specifically for patients with braces, and Dr. Azouz can recommend a specific types of floss.)
Don't be worried about brushing teeth in a public restroom. Many people have braces, and more than likely people would rather see a person brushing teeth in a restroom than braces packed with leftover food.
Every four to six weeks adjustments will be made to braces (the treatment is different for Invisalign). Adjustment appointments take about 20 minutes. Patients may feel mild to moderate discomfort after adjustments. Treat pain with over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol or ibuprofen. Canker sores may form on the inside of cheeks from metal hooks on the braces. Applying a dental anesthetic product like Anbesol to the sore will alleviate pain.