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Traditional Braces - Garland, TX

Get a Beautiful, Straight Smile Today!

Most people do not have a naturally straight smile. Tilted, rotated, overcrowded, or gapped teeth can make anyone feel insecure about their appearance. Thankfully, traditional braces in Garland, TX are an effective option to resolve bite and alignment concerns. At La Prada Family Dentistry of Garland, we can create generations of healthy, confident smiles using personalized orthodontic treatments.

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How Do Traditional Braces Work?

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Metal braces have been the go-to solution to correct alignment and malocclusion issues for over 100 years because they are effective and affordable. They can treat even the most complex cases using a system of brackets and wires to gradually move the teeth into their ideal positions.

Traditionally, silver brackets are bonded to the front surfaces of the teeth; however, now they can come in all shapes, sizes, and colors to make them less noticeable. Each bracket has “wings,” which are special edges that allow elastic bands to be secured around them to hold the wire in place. The wire is adjusted every few weeks to move your teeth. Bands are placed on the back 4 teeth to give the wire extra support for the correct tooth movement.

Why are Braces an Investment?

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Orthodontic issues cause more complications than just aesthetic concerns. Misaligned teeth increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease because it is harder to remove harmful plaque and bacteria. You also have a higher risk of dental emergencies, uneven wear on your enamel, and disorders of the temporomandibular joint.

You can prevent these complications by correcting your alignment concerns, so orthodontics in Garland is actually an investment in your oral health. You will lower your long-term dental expenses while also enjoying a confident smile.

Benefits of Traditional Braces

Now, there are several orthodontic systems available, but traditional braces are still a popular option for children, teens, and even adults. They are a proven method that offers a variety of benefits, including:

How Much Do Braces Cost?

There is no easy answer as to how much you can expect to pay because the cost is determined by a patient-by-patient basis. After an initial consultation, your dentist in Garland provides you with a customized estimate. There are several factors that influence the amount you will pay, such as the complexity of your case and if you need any additional treatments.

We take the time to carefully explain your orthodontic plan and the costs associated with it. We work to find the solution you need to keep your new smile affordable, such as working with your insurance company. We file the necessary claims and paperwork with them to reduce the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket. We accept a variety of payment options to cover any remaining balance, like third-party financing with CareCredit.

How Much Do Braces Cost?

young boy with braces

There is no easy answer as to how much you can expect to pay because the cost is determined on a patient-by-patient basis. After an initial consultation, your orthodontist in Garland will provide you with a customized estimate. There are several factors that will influence the price, and you can learn more about them right here.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Traditional Braces

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  • Length of treatment: The longer a treatment takes, the higher the cost will be because the patient will require more adjustments, supplies, and follow-up appointments.
  • Degree of misalignment: The length of treatment is largely dictated by how far the teeth need to move to reach their ideal positions.
  • Additional appliances: A patient who requires braces may also need space maintainers, a palatal expander, elastics, and retainers—each one comes with its own separate cost.
  • Insurance coverage: While most insurance plans offer coverage for traditional braces, the rate can vary from plan to plan, and there can be restrictions on who can be covered as well.

Professional Braces vs. "DIY" Braces: The True Cost  

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Several companies have popped up over the years that claim they enable someone to straighten their teeth without ever having to set foot in a dentist or orthodontist’s office. Essentially, everything is done via an app and clear aligners that are mailed directly.

The issue with this approach is that there is typically little to no professional supervision. As a result, many patients developed serious problems because their teeth weren’t straightened correctly. This included teeth becoming loose or more misaligned, painful, and in some cases, the roots were so damaged that a tooth was lost.

As you can imagine, having to fix these types of problems ends up costing people way more than if they had worked with a dentist or orthodontist in the first place. Also, many of these companies have now gone bankrupt due to the issues mentioned above, meaning many patients had their treatment stopped before they were finished. For both the health of your smile and wallet, professional braces are always the wiser choice.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Braces?

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Yes, the overwhelming majority of dental insurance plans offer coverage for traditional braces. How much is not consistent from provider to provider or plan to plan. Some policies will only help pay for braces for patients 18 and under or those who need them for medical reasons (like if their crooked teeth make it difficult to chew or speak). Be sure to look through your plan or go over it with us so you have a clear idea of what you’ll be expected to pay out of pocket.

CHIP/Medicaid can also be used to cover braces in specific instances, and if you have either of these plans, be sure to let us know. We are very familiar with them and use them all the time to help patients get what they need promptly.

Options for Making Braces Affordable

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In order to make braces accessible to as many people as possible, La Prada Family Dentistry of Garland is happy to offer a FREE orthodontic consultation. This allows patients and families to get to know our team and learn about their treatment options at no cost.

For patients without private or public insurance, we also accept third-party financing through CareCredit and Sunbit. These allow people to pay for their treatment in smaller installments with little to no interest. You can explore your options and even sign up for a plan by clicking the buttons at the bottom of this page.

Traditional Braces FAQs

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Traditional braces are a tried-and-true solution that’s certain to straighten your pearly whites and help you achieve the smile of your dreams! However, you might understandably have some questions you’d like answered before you’re ready to commit to the treatment. Our team at La Prada Family Dentistry has gathered some of the most frequently asked questions and answers about traditional braces in Garland so that you can confidently go into the process. Of course, if you have any other questions or concerns about braces, feel free to give us a call for further assistance or to schedule a consultation. 

Am I Too Old for Traditional Braces?

It’s not uncommon to associate metal wires and brackets with childhood and adolescence; after all, many people undergo this treatment throughout their youth! But you’ll be happy to know that there is no upper age limit for traditional braces. However, it’s worth noting that as you age, your teeth become more firmly embedded in your jaw—meaning that repositioning them will usually take more time. After visiting us for a consultation, we’ll be able to evaluate your situation and determine if braces are suitable for you. One key factor is oral health, and if there are any underlying issues that might complicate things, they’ll need to be treated beforehand.

Do Traditional Braces Hurt?

Right after your braces are first put on, you’ll likely experience some soreness in your teeth and gums. This discomfort usually lasts for about a week and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers and eating soft or cold foods. Due to the nature of the treatment, it’s normal to still feel some soreness from time to time even after you become accustomed to your braces. However, it won’t be nearly as bad as when you first received them! In some cases, your braces might rub against the soft tissues of your mouth and cause discomfort; but orthodontic wax can be used to correct this.

What Can You Not Eat with Traditional Braces?

Unfortunately, there are some foods out there that can wreak havoc on your braces if you aren’t careful. In general, you should try to stay away from items that are particularly hard, chewy, or sticky, including:

  • Popcorn
  • Sticky, chewy, or hard candy such as caramel, taffy, lollipops, and jawbreakers
  • Tough breads, cookies, crackers, taco shells, pretzels, chips, etc.

It’s also worth mentioning that you should also avoid chewing on hard non-food objects as well, as they can be just as problematic! Don’t gnaw on things like ice cubes, pen caps, or your fingernails.

What Happens After I Get My Braces Taken Off?

Once your braces are removed, you’re not out of the woods yet—there is usually still a little more work to be done! You’ll be given a custom retainer to wear in order to ensure that your teeth remain in their new positions. We’ll monitor your progress moving forward and provide you with detailed instructions regarding how often to wear your retainer—but this wear time will become less frequent as time passes, assuming you’re diligent.

Schedule an Appointment Today!

If you or your child need braces, we can help. Contact our dental office today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to creating a healthy, beautiful smile that lasts.

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