Braces Frequently Asked Questions – Mobile, AL Orthodontics

Getting braces is a great way to improve the straightness and beauty of your smile, and it’s also a fine way to enhance your dental health as well. When you visit our practice serving Mobile, AL for braces or orthodontic care, Dr. William Harvey will be sure to answer all of your questions in full detail. Let’s take a moment right now to answer some of the most frequently asked questions that patients have about braces.

What are braces?

Dental braces are a common orthodontic treatment that is designed to straighten a person’s teeth. Braces use brackets, wires, and elastic bands to help improve alignment.

How do braces work?

During the braces procedure, the placement of brackets will be determined using various models and diagnostic technologies. The archwire that connects the brackets will help gradually shift your teeth into proper position. Adjustments to the braces will be made every few months as your teeth change alignment. This will contribute to the improve the straightness of your smile.

What dental problems can braces treat?

Our Mobile, AL patients often get braces placed in order to treat:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Underbites
  • Overbites
  • Cross bites
  • Deep bites
  • Crowded teeth

Other issues related to the teeth and jaws can also be addressed through the use of braces and other orthodontic treatment options. Since TMJ disorders and teeth grinding are both related to crooked teeth in many cases, braces are often used to treat those dental problems. During your visit, we will determine if you are a good candidate for braces.

How long will I have to wear braces?

Treatment times will vary based on the needs of the patient. Generally, people wear braces between six months to two-and-a-half years. During your consultation process, Dr. Harvey will provide estimated treatment times based on the latest models and techniques available.

What foods do I need to avoid when wearing braces?

While the brackets and wires are made of sturdy material, there are a number of foods that should be avoided when wearing braces. You see, certain foods will damage the brackets or bend the wires, or can potentially get caught in them and be very difficult to remove. The foods to avoid include:


  • Taffy
  • Caramel
  • Chewing gum
  • Corn on the cob
  • Ice (do not chew)
  • Hard candies
  • Peanut brittle
  • Beef jerky and other dries meats
  • Popcorn

We can give you a more comprehensive list of dos and don’ts during your visit to the practice.

What are the benefits and risks involved with braces?

There are numerous risks and benefits of braces to consider. The greatest benefits of braces are that they effectively straighten the teeth and improve the overall health of a smile. Risks are relatively few, though patients may feel self-conscious about the appearance of the braces and may experience soreness due to the tension of the braces during the treatment process.

How are the results of braces?

The results of braces are often quite phenomenal. As you can see from these before and after photos of orthodontic patients, braces can really work wonders.

What is adult orthodontics?

Adult orthodontics refers to Mobile, AL patients getting adult braces. This is a great idea, especially if you have had issues with tooth alignment all of your life. Many adults get braces to give them healthier and more appealing smiles.

What is the average cost of braces?

The average cost of getting braces will vary based on geographic location, the dental/orthodontic care facility, the dentist or orthodontist, and the complexity of the case. In general, braces will cost between $3,000 and $8,000. Again, these costs vary due to multiple factors.

Do dental plans cover braces?

Many dental plans do cover braces and orthodontic care. Mobile, AL patients should contact their dental insurance provider directly to look into the matter as policies and extent of coverage will vary.

Is there financing available?

The team here understands that braces can pose a financial hurdle for many people. That’s why we are proud to offer financing plans and payment options for braces. This helps many families and individuals budget appropriately and get they care they require without too much worry.

How can I learn more about braces and orthodontics?

We’ve only covered the basics of braces here. To learn more about how braces can benefit you, contact our Mobile, AL orthodontics practice today. During your visit with Dr. Harvey, you will be able to ask all of your questions and voice your concerns. Dr. Harvey will address these matters in full detail to make sure you are will informed about all of your dental health options.