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Orthodontic Braces in San Antonio, TX

Braces don’t just enhance the appearance of a smile by making the teeth straighter. They can also make eating easier, prevent teeth from being worn down, and reduce a patients’ chances of developing dental issues like tooth decay. Tots to Teens Pediatric Dentistry offers orthodontic services for children, teens, and adults! Schedule an orthodontic consultation today to see how orthodontic treatment can help you or your child.

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What is a good age to get braces?

There is no ideal age that is perfect for everyone, but most orthodontists recommend that patients pursue orthodontic treatment during childhood or their teen years because the jaw is still growing and developing during this time. Orthodontic consultations can be scheduled for patients as young as seven years old, which means orthodontic treatment plans are available to virtually anyone who is seven or older. Our team provides orthodontic care for patients of all ages, so whether you want braces for your child or yourself, we can help!

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Do braces hurt?

Attaching metal braces to the teeth does not hurt, and neither does putting in clear aligners for the first time. However, your teeth are likely not used to being shifted, so you can expect to feel some discomfort and soreness for a couple of days after you begin treatment. If your gums or the inside of your mouth feels sore, you can apply dental wax to your braces while you adjust to wearing them. Some patients also find that eating cold foods and using ice packs helps numb the mouth, and you can try using over-counter pain medication as well.

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Which type of braces are the best?

Metal braces, ceramic braces, and Invisalign® clear aligners are all excellent choices for orthodontic treatment, and the option that you choose will mostly depend on you and your specific wants and needs. Metal and ceramic braces don’t require patients to keep track of anything, as they don’t have to be removed or switched out like clear aligners. Clear aligners are discreet and don’t come with any food or activity restrictions. If you aren’t sure which option you want to go with, we would be happy to help you decide at your orthodontic consultation!

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