About Braces and Orthodontic Treatment – Mobile, AL

One of the most common and effective methods of straightening the teeth is the use of braces. Braces are an orthodontic treatment that use controlled tension to gradually move your teeth into the  proper position. Adults and children have benefited from braces at our Mobile, AL practice, which is a testament to the effectiveness of orthodontic care. Dr. William Harvey is pleased to offer this treatment option, and hopes that you will consider it to enhance not just your appearance but your overall dental health as well.

How Braces Work

The braces procedure at our Mobile, AL practice is generally straightforward.  Brackets will be affixed to your teeth based on various models of your current smile. A wire will connect all of the brackets, creating tension that will help improve alignment over time. The tension created by the brackets, wires, and elastic bands are the real key to shifting teeth into proper position.

Additional adjustments can be made over the course of your treatment. While time frames of treatment can vary, most patients will wear braces for between six months to two-and-a-half years.

Problems That Braces Can Treat

The brackets, wires, and elastic bands used for this orthodontic treatment can correct the following dental problems:

  • Crooked teeth/malocclusion
  • Underbites
  • Overbites
  • Cross bites
  • Deep bites

Other alignment issues of the teeth and the jaw can also be corrected through the use of braces. That said, complex jaw alignment issues may need to be addressed with other orthodontic therapies.

Good Candidates for Braces

The best candidates for braces are people who have teeth that are crooked or poorly aligned. Since braces can address the above sets of problems, many people are eligible for treatment. During your consultation for braces at our Mobile, AL practice, we’ll determine if you are a good candidate for advanced orthodontics.

Risks and Benefits of Braces

Many people considering orthodontic care wonder about the risks and benefits of braces. There are actually many more benefits than there are risks. As far as the benefits go, patients will have straight teeth, which means a great-looking smile and better dental health overall.

Risks of braces usually involves soreness of the teeth due to tension from the wires or elastic bands. Other risks may arise from damage to the braces resulting from hard foods or sticky foods.

Adult Braces and Orthodontics

More and more patients at our Mobile, AL practice are considering adult braces/orthdontics. This means that adults are undergoing advanced orthodontic care in order to have a smile that is much healthier and better looking. You may remember some celebrities getting adult braces, including Tom Cruise, Gwen Stefani, Nicolas Cage, and Brett Favre.

Average Cost and Financing Options

The cost of braces can range from around $3,000 to $8,000 and more. For many, this is a financial hurdle that needs to be addressed. We’re pleased to offer financing options for braces, which breaks the total cost of treatment into affordable monthly payments.

Schedule a Consultation for Orthodontic Care in Mobile, AL

There are many other factors to consider when it comes to orthodontic treatment. It’s important that you meet with a skilled dental health professional to have these matters addressed. To learn more about braces, be sure to contact our Mobile, AL practice for orthodontics today. Dr. Harvey and the entire team here look forward to meeting you in person.