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Braces FAQ for Adults

Everything Adults Need to Know About Braces

At Braces Omaha, we keep our patients informed so that they feel at ease for the entire duration of treatment. We’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions from adults and parents regarding braces. If you have other questions or would like to speak to a member of our staff, we invite you to contact our office in Omaha, NE, today. Our team is available to answer any questions you may have regarding you or your child’s orthodontic treatment, including questions about cost. Contact Braces Omaha today to schedule your consultation with our board-certified orthodontist, Dr. Stevens.

We love sharing FAQs, so here’s some just for the adults!

Adult Patients FAQs

Do you offer orthodontic treatment for adults?

At Braces Omaha, 30% of all orthodontic patients are over the age of 21. We strongly believe that health, happiness, and self-esteem are important at any age. With innovative treatment options providing maximum dental and cosmetic benefit, such as Invisalign® and clear ceramic braces, more adults are seeking orthodontic treatment than ever before. It’s never too late!

How much do braces cost? Are there financing options? How about insurance?

The costs for orthodontic treatment will vary case by case. To learn about your specific costs for orthodontic treatment, give Braces Omaha a call to schedule your consultation with Dr. Stevens. During this initial appointment, we will go over the estimated cost of your custom treatment plan as well as your financial options and insurance coverage. 

We have several financing options available for your convenience, and we will review these with you as well. Our team will work closely with your insurance provider to maximize your benefits. You can learn more on our Cost of Braces page and view payment and financing options on our Your First Visit page.

During orthodontic treatment, are regular dental checkups still required?

Yes. Both kids and adults receiving orthodontic treatment have a responsibility to maintain their oral health by regularly visiting the family dentist every six months or so for a thorough cleaning and exam. Excellent brushing and flossing habits are a must as well. Brushing at least three times per day is recommended to keep cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease at bay. Your dentist will work closely with your orthodontist to make sure your teeth stay healthy during your orthodontic treatment.

How do I care for my braces?

Excellent oral hygiene while in orthodontic treatment is a must. You should brush at least three to four times each day; after each meal and before going to bed. A daily floss will help get in between your braces where your toothbrush can’t reach. Once treatment begins, we will provide special toothbrushes, flossing aids, toothpaste and mouth rinses. Your Braces Omaha team will show you/your child the right way to brush and floss once the braces are on.

Are there foods to avoid while in braces?

Most emergency appointments to repair broken or damaged braces can be completely avoided by following the instructions we will provide once you begin treatment, including dietary guidelines. Once orthodontic treatment begins, there are a few foods to avoid because they can cause damage or distort the brackets and wires of braces. These include ice, hard candy, nuts, apples, raw vegetables, sticky foods, and gum.

How long will orthodontic treatment last?

The length of orthodontics varies between patients, but the average orthodontic treatment lasts around two years. Contact us and schedule your complimentary consultation and we can determine the length of your treatment.

What are routine orthodontic appointments like?

Routine appointments generally involve an oral hygiene review and checking of your braces. Sometimes the wires will be changed, or new procedures will be initiated to further align your teeth and improve your bite. These appointments usually last around 20–40 minutes. We are happy to work with you to arrange appointment times that fit with your school and work schedules.

How often are the appointments?

In general, we like to schedule appointments about every six to eight weeks. If your/your child’s treatment is more extensive, we may schedule appointments more often. We will make every effort to ensure the appointments are as efficient as possible.

What is the beginning of treatment like?

Your orthodontic treatment begins by taking 3D images of your teeth. After a custom treatment plan has been created, you may have impressions taken of your teeth for the custom creation of certain appliances. If you/your child have chosen traditional braces, we may apply the chosen style and type of brackets that day.

What is Phase One treatment?

Phase One treatment is early orthodontic treatment for children that often begins between the ages of 7and 10. This phase of treatment can last from 12 to 21 months. Phase One treatment is often initiated to correct significant problems that we detect during a child’s first exam so that we can prevent more severe orthodontic problems in the future. After Phase One and the resting period, an additional treatment with braces may be recommended for your child, called Phase Two. 

Why choose an orthodontist and not a dentist for orthodontic treatment?

An orthodontist is a specialist in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. All orthodontists are dentists, but only about 6% of dentists are orthodontists. Orthodontic specialists with extensive and specialized training, such as Dr. Stevens, are the most qualified experts for your family’s orthodontic treatment. When seeking braces of any kind, you/your child’s orthodontic needs should be expertly assessed by an orthodontist so that a professional, safe, and personalized treatment plan can be developed and carried out from start to finish.

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We’re a family-friendly practice that provides optimal orthodontic care in a comfortable, approachable setting. To learn more about your treatment options for yourself or your child, we encourage you to contact Braces Omaha to schedule a complimentary consultation.