Champion Orthodontics

Dr. A. Alexis Shrager and her staff are committed to provide children and adults with the highest quality of orthodontic care in Orlando in a family friendly environment. She personally »»»Read more

Carlyle Orthodonics

Our top priority is providing outstanding orthodontic treatment in a friendly, caring environment utilizing the latest techniques available. Dr. Carlyle-Clark offers invisible »»»Read more

Kendrick Orthodontics

Since 1974, Dr. James Kendrick and our team have established a reputation of superior quality. Our orthodontic practice is known for being professional, courteous, and efficient. We handle patients of all ages »»»Read more

Carl Dann Orthodontics

Orlando and Winter Park Orthodontist. Dr. Dann offers the highest level of orthodontic care including clear braces, self-ligating brackets, Invisalign and more all in a unique, »»»Read more

Baptiste Orthodontics

At Baptiste Orthodontics in Orlando, FL we pride ourselves in providing our orthodontic patients with attentive, compassionate and personalized care. We put patients first by focusing »»»Read more

Anderson and Moopen Orthodontics

Anderson and Moopen Orthodontics has the specialized equipment, facility and staff to properly address today's most demanding orthodontic needs, in a warm and caring environment. »»»Read more

College Park Orthodontics

College Park Orthodontics, office of Dr. Noelle Williams and her caring team members aim to provide the highest quality orthodontic care »»»Read more

Premiere Orthodontics

We are the smile experts! Having built a reputation for delivering the ultimate orthodontic experience in Waterford Lakes and Dr. Phillips, we provide unparalleled »»»Read more

Martin Orthodontics

We offer traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, Invisalign, and Incognito Lingual Brace System for adults and teens. Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age »»»Read more

Wortham Orthodontics

Our #1 goal is to provide the highest quality orthodontic care in a relaxing and friendly environment. We have offices in Winter Garden and Clermont. We enjoy our work, our patients »»»Read more

Goldie & Deese Orthodontics

Dr. Robert Goldie and Dr. Brad Deese are skilled, experienced orthodontists. They understand, as do our team members, that your smile’s needs are as unique as you are. »»»Read more

Accent Orthodontics

Welcome to the practice of Drs. David Beltran and Lisa Mangiarelli, where beautiful smiles begin! What sets us apart from the rest? Our very unique office setting is comprised »»»Read more

Orlando Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics

Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida, the office of Dr. Bertot, Dr. Mansour, Dr.Correia and Orthodontics with Dr. Smith is an innovative and award-winning pediatric dental health practice »»»Read more

Orthodontic Specialists of Florida

Orthodontic Specialists of Florida is a group of practices throughout the state of Florida providing state-of-the-art orthodontic care for children and adults. »»»Read more

Garcia Family Orthodontics

Our mission is to provide quality, individualized orthodontic treatment for children, adolescents and adults, in a professional, caring and enjoyable environment that inspire trust »»»Read more

Lewis and Mansour Orthodontics

Lewis & Mansour Orthodontics has been serving the Kissimmee and St. Cloud, Florida area for over 38 years. Our doctors and staff strive to provide »»»Read more

Beattie Family Orthodontics

Beattie Family Orthodontics is committed to creating beautiful, confident smiles! Founded in 1964 by Dr. Jack Beattie, we have two convenient locations in Orlando and Kissimmee, Florida. Dr. John R. Beattie understands »»»Read more

Diaz Orthodontics

At Diaz Orthodontics, we love creating healthy, beautiful smiles, a patient at a time. Dr. Nelson Diaz and our team enjoy spending our days making people laugh and feel good »»»Read more

Orthodontics & Braces Information

Dental braces and retainers are used by orthodontists to help to straighten crooked teeth and correct a misaligned bite in patients as young as 8 or 9. In some cases, a removable retainer will be all that's necessary; in severe cases, surgery may be recommended. Braces, which consist of bands, wires, and other fixed or removable corrective appliances, work by applying continuous pressure over a period of time to slowly move teeth in a specific direction. Newer mini-braces, which are much smaller than traditional braces, are an option for some. Braces usually remain in place for 1-3 years, followed by the use of a retainer. Braces cost between $1,800 and $5,500. 

Braces aren't just for kids anymore. You might want to consider them when you're past the teenage years for a number of reasons. You'll have lots of choices to get the best smile you can.

How Braces Can Help

Correct shifting teeth. Just because you had braces as a kid doesn't mean you're off the hook. "Teeth tend to move a little throughout your life," says Michael B. Rogers, DDS, past president of the American Association of Orthodontists.

Straighten crooked teeth. Braces can line up teeth that are bending in different directions. And that's a recipe for a winning smile.

Better oral health. It's no surprise that straight teeth are easier to brush and floss. If you're doing your part, expect less decay and healthier gums, says Pamela K. McClain, DDS, past president of the American Academy of Periodontology.

Braces can help you manage some more serious issues, too, such as bite problems that cause jaw pain. You also may sometimes need to get braces to change the position of teeth before getting a new bridge, crown, or implant.

New Options

Braces today are a lot different from the ones you may remember when you were a kid. Many are hard to notice right off when other people are looking at you.

Some choices for you are:

Ceramic braces. These are made of a white material that's much less obvious than traditional metal braces.

Lingual brackets. They're attached to the inside surface of your teeth that faces your tongue. They hold wires that pull them into a new position.

Custom-made clear plastic aligners. They fit like guards over your teeth and gently move your bite into a new position.

What to Expect

How long you'll need to wear braces depends on the type you get and what you're trying to fix. The length of time ranges from 12 to 44 months.

"Adult teeth sometimes take longer than children's teeth to move into new positions," Rogers says. "But in many cases there's no real difference."

You'll need to take extra care cleaning your teeth when you have braces. Some dentists recommend brushing after every meal and at bedtime.

Flossing is different when you have braces, but it's crucial to help remove food particles and plaque. Your dentist will show you how. Ask him if water flossing is a good option for you.

Antiseptic mouthwash can also get into places that a toothbrush can't reach, and it helps battle plaque and gum inflammation.

Once your braces are off, your dentist may ask you to wear a retainer. That's a mouthpiece made of plastic and metal that fits over the top of your teeth. It helps keep them in their new positions.

The cost of braces can vary a lot, depending on the type you get and what problems you're trying to correct. The typical range is $4,000 to $8,000. A growing number of dental plans cover all or part of orthodontic treatment. Many orthodontists offer discounts if you pay the entire fee up front. If you can't afford that, ask about monthly installments or other payment plans.