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Traditional Braces – Parsippany, NJ

Providing Trusted Orthodontic Care in Parsippany

Braces are a wonderful way to enhance the appearance of your smile while also improving your oral and overall health. People of all ages can benefit from a properly-aligned smile, and your orthodontist in Parsippany can help you or your child achieve it with traditional orthodontics. Whether it is crooked teeth, overcrowding, gaps between teeth, or a bite alignment issue, regular braces are a tried-and-true solution to help patients see results that will last a lifetime. Keep reading to learn more about how traditional braces in our Parsippany, NJ dental office work and how you can schedule a virtual consultation with Dr. Kitay today.

How Do Traditional Braces Work?

Animated smile with traditional braces

Traditional braces are metal brackets that are fixed to the front surface of the teeth. A wire is threaded through each bracket and tightened at various intervals throughout the treatment. By manipulating the wire, your orthodontist is able to place pressure on different areas of the bite to gradually bring the teeth into the proper position.

Traditional braces work in two stages: first, the tooth is moved, and then its root moves along to catch up. The total treatment time for traditional braces depends on the complexity of the case -- most patients are finished with braces between 18 and 24 months.

Traditional Orthodontics for Children and Teens

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If your child or teenager undergoes regular treatment with Dr. Rauchberg, he and our team will be able to monitor their smile as it develops over time. While it is our goal to detect problems early on and attempt to curb the effects, there are still instances that permanent teeth will not erupt as they should, which will ultimately mean a need for orthodontic treatment.

When this happens, we will work closely with you and your child to determine the right method of treatment to realign their teeth and bite and give them a healthier, more beautiful smile they can feel good about well into the future.

Traditional Orthodontics for Adults

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When it comes to wanting to improve your smile, anyone who could benefit from orthodontic treatment can choose traditional braces, no matter the age. Some ways to tell if your teeth are out of alignment include:

  • An aching jaw or chronic headaches
  • Evidence of nighttime teeth grinding or jaw clenching
  • Visibly misaligned teeth
  • Tartar buildup between crowded teeth
  • Frequently getting food lodged between certain teeth
  • Soft tissue injuries due to teeth that jut out or are crooked

The only way to know for sure whether or not you can benefit from traditional braces, Invisalign, or tooth-colored braces is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kitay, our in-house orthodontist, to discuss braces in Parsippany.

Caring for Traditional Braces

Patient caring for traditional braces

Apart from making sure you attend your regular appointments with Dr. Kitay throughout treatment, you should be sure to also do the following:

  • Brush regularly. You’ll need to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and tilt it at a 45-degree angle to get around the gum line, brackets, and along the chewing surfaces and backsides of your teeth. It is also helpful to invest in an interdental brush to get the sides of your brackets and underneath the wire.
  • Floss. Because food particles and bacteria can become trapped between your teeth, you may need to purchase a dental flosser or water irrigator to make flossing easier. These devices make it more manageable when attempting to get underneath the wire and between your teeth. This continued practice will keep your teeth free of decay and gum disease while wearing braces.
  • Avoid certain foods. Although you may not want to, you should steer clear of any hard, crunchy, or chewy foods, as they can not only damage your natural teeth but also potentially cause a wire to pop out or bracket to come off. While wearing braces, stay away from:
    • Popcorn
    • Dried fruit
    • Gum
    • Candy
    • Corn on the cob

Traditional Braces FAQs

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Want to know more about traditional braces in Parsippany before taking the plunge? Our knowledgeable team has collected some of the most common questions about braces and answered them below. We hope you find these FAQs informative and helpful. For more information about orthodontic treatment or to schedule a consultation, don’t hesitate to contact our office.

How Long Do Traditional Braces Take?

While every smile is different, traditional braces usually take somewhere between one and three years to fully straighten teeth. Some of the factors that affect how long traditional braces take include:

  • Age – Adults’ teeth are more firmly set in the jawbone than those of children and teenagers, so straightening them will take longer.
  • Severity of alignment issues – Orthodontic treatment generally takes longer the greater the distance that teeth need to move.
  • Compliance with treatment guidelines – If, for example, you need to wear rubber bands on your braces, but you fail to do so often enough, your teeth won’t move as planned. Therefore, your treatment will probably take longer.

The exact length of time for orthodontic treatment can vary greatly between patients. After examining your teeth and discussing your smile goals, Dr. Kitay, our in-house orthodontist, will provide you with an estimated timeline.

Can I Get Traditional Braces on Just My Top or Bottom Teeth?

If you’re unhappy with only one dental arch, you may be tempted to get braces on just your upper or lower teeth. While this approach may seem more convenient and cost-effective, it’s almost never recommended. Traditional braces are designed to bring both arches into alignment. Shifting one and not the other could actually cause more harm than good. If you have crowded teeth, for example, braces will likely straighten your teeth my shifting them forward. Likewise, closing gapped teeth will often cause the teeth to move backward. Adjusting one arch of teeth and not the other will typically prevent them from coming together properly, which could lead to difficulty chewing, TMJ disorder, teeth grinding, and other problems.

Can I Chew Gum with Traditional Braces?

Chewing sugar-free gum has been proven to lower the risk of decay if chewed for 20 minutes after eating by stimulating saliva production. However, this benefit may be outweighed by the risk of damaging your braces. Chewing gum and other sticky substances (e.g., taffy, caramel, etc.) can get stuck in your braces and end up bending the wires. This type of damage to your braces could cause your teeth to shift in unexpected directions without your even realizing it, and ultimately prolong the length of your treatment. So, while chewing gum is fun and may even be good for your oral health, it’s probably not worth the risk while undergoing traditional orthodontic treatment.

Do Traditional Braces Cost More Than Invisalign?

In most cases, the cost of traditional braces in Parsippany is comparable to the cost of Invisalign. You can expect to pay somewhere between $1,800 and $5,500 for metal braces, while Invisalign usually costs anywhere between $3,000 to $5,000. While many dental insurance plans include traditional orthodontic coverage, fewer cover the cost of Invisalign. In addition, one key difference between metal braces and Invisalign is that you could accidentally lose or damage an invisible aligner. This could result in higher costs and delay your treatment. You don’t need to worry about that with traditional braces since they’re fixed on your teeth. If you’re a candidate for both Invisalign and traditional braces, your orthodontist will compare the costs and help you decide which option would be best for you.