Dental Braces (cont.)

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Do braces hurt?

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Placement of traditional braces is usually pain-free, but your teeth and jaws will feel sore afterwards. This is due to the slow movement of teeth that is taking place. This initial soreness usually lasts for about a week and then for a couple of days after each adjustment of the archwire during treatment. This discomfort also applies to clear aligners as tooth movement is taking place. During this time, it helps to have a soft food diet and use over-the-counter (OTC) pain medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen when appropriate. Initially, orthodontic wax can be used to cover rough areas that rub against the cheeks until your mouth becomes more accustomed to the brackets.

How much do braces cost? Does insurance cover orthodontic treatment?

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Cost of treatment is very individual as every mouth is different. Cost will depend on treatment time and steps involved. An estimated cost range for "phase-one" treatment is $2,000 to $4,000. For "phase-two" treatment, an estimated cost range is $2,000 to $7,000. Clear aligner treatment costs more by about 20 to 50 percent.

Orthodontic treatment can be a covered benefit through dental insurance. Limitations may exist depending on the dental insurance plan.

What's it like to have braces?

There is no doubt that braces can initially be uncomfortable and be a cosmetic concern. Aside from the teeth soreness, the inconveniences of wearing braces include: constantly getting food stuck when eating, having to spend more time cleaning the teeth, and having to be cautious of the types of food that can be eaten. However, more often than not, individuals are happy to have gone through the process of orthodontic treatment to improve their smile or correct their bite. The results of treatment can be very rewarding.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/19/2014

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