Braces FAQ

Orthodontic Treatment in Berlin, MD

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At Tilghman Orthodontics, our mission is to help our patients achieve a beautiful, healthy new smile through convenient orthodontic treatment. As a leading orthodontist serving the greater Berlin and Salisbury, MD areas, we're proud to offer a wide range of treatment options, and our orthodontists work closely with patients to create deeply personalized treatment plans. Braces are still the most popular treatment we offer at our practice, and if you're curious to learn more about braces, we've put together this helpful page of frequently asked questions.

How do braces work?

Traditional braces are made from a series of small, metal brackets that are cemented to the front of the teeth. A thin, springy archwire is then threaded through these brackets and hooked into place with small elastic bands. The archwire is precisely shaped to apply a finely-calibrated force to each individual tooth, gradually shifting it to a new position, and over time, creating a whole new smile.

How long does treatment with braces last?

Treatment times vary from patient to patient, and the amount of time you spend in treatment will depend on the specifics of your orthodontic condition. However, most patients should expect to spend around 18-24 months in braces.

Do braces hurt?

Generally speaking, no, braces do not "hurt." It's common for patients to feel some soreness or discomfort when they first get their braces and after some adjustment appointments, but this normally fades within a few days.

Will I still need to see my dentist during treatment?

Absolutely! Your teeth are extra vulnerable to dental decay during orthodontic treatment, so maintaining regular dental appointments is vital to successful treatment.

Am I too old for braces?

Contrary to what many believe, we can move teeth at any age – so you're never "too old" for braces. In fact, more than a quarter of our patients are adults, and convenient alternatives like clear braces make it easier than ever to achieve a new smile at any stage of life!

What do braces cost?

The cost of your treatment will depend entirely on the specifics of your condition and the specific treatment type you choose, so there's no way to know without more information. While we can't guarantee what your final cost will be until we create your treatment plan, we'll provide a good faith estimate after your initial consultation.

Schedule a Consultation with Your Salisbury Orthodontist

We hope this page helped answer some of your most pressing questions about treatment with braces, and if you're ready to start the process, we'd love to help. Take the first step to achieving a new smile and request a consultation today using our easy online form. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you achieve your dream smile!