What types of braces are available?
There are several types of braces available these days. Dr. Ira Kotch or Dr. Russell Kotch will discuss which type may be best for you depending on your needs, as well as your lifestyle. Besides the traditional braces you are probably most familiar with, and which are still an option, other types may fit you better. Clear braces are almost invisible. Invisalign clear plastic aligners fit over the teeth as a mouth guard might. They can be removed for meals or special evenings out. See below for more information on Invisalign invisible alignment. All of these types of braces have their pros and cons. Discuss these with Drs. Ira Kotch or Russell Kotch.
How long will I have to wear braces?
Depending on the severity of the issues with your mouth and teeth, this will differ from person to person. It may also depend on your age. Our jaw bones continue to grow into our early 20s, so teens may have an easier time with their braces, though this does not mean the amount of time is necessarily lessened. Other areas of concern are how healthy your teeth and gums are, as well as how closely you follow Drs. Ira Kotch or Russell Kotch‘s instructions. Most people will wear their braces from one to two years, and then be required to wear a retainer after that.
Will my braces cause pain?
Perhaps one of the biggest concerns patients have is the amount of pain they will feel. Pain is certainly subjective, however any “hurt” you feel with your braces is mostly discomfort or soreness. You may feel the most discomfort when you first start wearing your braces, and after certain appointments. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help with this. People who wear Invisalign aligners may feel some discomfort when changing the aligner, but this is most often the case with individuals who have a history of sensitive gums or teeth.
Does it matter how old I am when I get braces?
Age should not be a factor when deciding to get braces. If you are uncomfortable with the way your teeth look, then consider contacting Dr. Ira Kotch or Dr. Russell Kotch for a consultation. Most of the patients at Kotch Dental are adults, and many of them are over 55-years-old.
What happens after I get my braces removed?
After your braces come off, it is important that you follow through with the retention phase of your orthodontia. A retainer will help the teeth and bones adjust to their new position. You will continue to have retainer check-ups with Drs. Ira Kotch or Russell Kotch over the next year. However, you should continue wearing your retainer at night for as long as you wish your teeth to remain straight.
What is Invisalign?
Dr. Ira Kotch or Dr. Russell Kotch sends your records — your impressions, photos, and x-rays — to Invisalign with a prescription for your custom aligners. Invisalign uses your records to create exact 3D models of your teeth. Then working with Drs. Ira Kotch or Russell Kotch every step of the way, and following the precise instructions provided on your prescription, Invisalign maps out a complete treatment plan of gradual adjustment that takes your teeth from where they are currently to where you and your doctor want them to end up. Once completed, you and Drs. Ira Kotch or Russell Kotch will be able to preview the projected results of your treatment in your “treatment set-up,” a computer representation of your teeth before and after treatment.
If you have any questions regarding adult braces, Invisalign, or orthodontics in general, please contact us at Pembroke Pines Office Phone Number 954-437-4443 for an initial consultation. You may also use our Make An Appointment form below.