Dental Braces

Dental braces is used to straighten crooked teeth and to remove gaps in teeth. Dental braces corrects the irregular positioning of teeth by aligning the teeth in the right position.

It takes 12-24 months to slowly correct the position of teeth using dental braces. The time required to keep the dental braces on the teeth depends on how much alignment of the teeth is required.

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Unlike other cosmetic dentistry procedures, dental braces takes more time and visits to the dentist. An alternative to dental braces is dental veneers that can correct minor irregularity in the position of teeth, in 2-3 days. But for major changes in the position of the teeth, dental braces are used. Dental braces is also called Orthodontic treatment.

Benefits of Dental Braces

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  • Corrects the position of teeth
  • Fills the gap in teeth
  • Food does not get stuck in the gap
  • You look better when you smile
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Types of Dental Braces

Dental braces are of 4 types: Tooth colored, Lingual, Metal, and Clear aligners.

These are the best type of dental braces.

These are only made of metal, and not recommended.

These are applied to the inside of the jaw and not recommended.

These are only successful in very few (mild) cases, and not recommended.

1. Tooth Colored

It is the best type of dental braces because it corrects all incorrect arrangement or position of teeth, and

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misalignment of teeth. It is not as visible as a metal braces because its brackets are tooth colored. It can correct all mild and severe cases of crooked teeth.

2. Metal Colored

A metal dental braces is same as a tooth colored dental braces, except that it is not tooth colored. It is black in

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color. Therefore, it does not look good but it can correct all incorrect arrangement, position, and misalignment of teeth, as done by the tooth colored dental braces.

3. Lingual

This dental braces is same as tooth colored dental braces and metal dental braces, but these are applied on the inside of the mouth.

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It can only correct mild cases of crooked teeth and cannot correct severe cases of crooked teeth. It also causes bruises on the tongue because the tongue is constantly rubbed by the wire and brackets inside the mouth when talking or eating.

4. Clear Aligners

Clear aligner dental braces are a set of 12-18 dental braces that are given to you on the first visit. You will wear

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these in the next 12-18 months, one after the other. Each dental braces has a slightly better position of teeth from the previous dental braces. So, regular visits to the dentist is not required in this treatment. You can wear one dental braces for some time and then use the next braces and discard the old one.

Procedure for Placing Braces

A dental braces is made of wire and brackets. A dental braces is placed on teeth for 12-18 months, and requires a visit to the dentist every month. On every visit, the wire is slightly more adjusted or tightened compared to previous visit, to slowly correct the position of the teeth.

First Visit: On the first visit, the brackets are glued to the teeth and a wire is passed through the brackets. The wire is slightly adjusted to give a very small correction to the position of the teeth for the first month.

Next Visits: On all next visits, the wire is slightly more adjusted. After 12-24 months, the teeth get the correct position.

Last Visit: On the last visit, after 12-24 months, the brackets and wire is removed from the mouth and the treatment is complete.

Alternatives of Dental Braces

A dental braces is the best option to correct crooked teeth and correct the irregular position of teeth. However, there is an alternative to a dental braces: dental veneers. Dental veneers can be done in only 2-3 days as compared to the treatment of dental braces that takes 12-24 months. However, dental veneers can only correct mild cases of crooked teeth.

Read more about dental veneers here.

Dental Veneers

Cost of Dental Braces is - $ 3450 in USA

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The average cost of dental braces is $ 3450 in USA. This amount is usually paid in installments because the treatment takes 12-24 months.

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Frequently Asked Questions​


Question: Is it painful to place dental braces on teeth?

Answer: No, it is a completely painless procedure.

Question: Do you use anesthesia to reduce pain?
Answer: Yes, anesthesia is used to numb the mouth. You will be fully awake during the treatment and you will not feel any pain in the mouth.


Question: How many days are required for the complete procedure of dental braces?
Answer: The complete procedure of dental braces takes 12-24 months.

Question: How long do the dental braces last?
Answer: The effects of dental braces last for life-time.


Question: Do I need to visit the dentist more often after the treatment?
Answer: No, you do not need to visit the dentist more often, after the treatment is over.

Question: Do dental braces look like natural teeth?
Answer: Yes, tooth-colored dental braces look like natural teeth.

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