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Straighten Up Orthodontics

Getting Braces: The Cost and What To Expect

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Dr. Wiltshire and the team at Straighten Up Orthodontics have been providing professional orthodontic treatments to patients in the Silver Spring, Maryland area for more than 10 years.

With braces being a popular treatment option for adults and children, they are a great option for those seeking a teeth straightening treatment with a history of positive results.
Getting braces can be both nerve-racking and exciting, and if you are like most patients researching before your appointment, there are loads of questions you may have!


Read the answers to these frequently asked questions the Straighten Up Orthodontics team gets from eager patients, and if you have any further questions or concerns about your upcoming appointment with Dr. Wiltshire, please contact the team.

How much do braces cost?

The cost can differ when considering the type of insurance a patient has, the time needed to complete treatment, the orthodontist that will be used, and even the type of braces they choose. For example, ceramic braces can cost anywhere between $4,000-$8,000, while their metal cousins can cost between $3,000-$4,000.The best way to get an accurate cost analysis is to set up a consultation with an orthodontist. 

Will the braces hurt?

Initially, there is some discomfort when the braces are first installed. As the mouth is adjusting to having dental equipment inside it, this discomfort can increase, often making it difficult to consume things that require a lot of chewing. This is one of the reasons why you may hear your orthodontist recommend soft foods for the first few months.

How long does the installation take?

Generally, it can take 1-2.5 hours to install braces. Of course, the time will differ depending on the treatment needs of the patient and the type that is being installed. 

Will it take a long time to get used to my braces?

The mouth does need some time to get used to having dental equipment. Some of our patients felt the discomfort subside within 1-3 months, while some took 4-5 months to truly feel the pain ease up. Of course, when it comes to dealing with your braces it is a good idea to ask your orthodontist what you can do to alleviate pain, including using things like ice or dental wax. Likewise, ensure your primary care provider approves of any over the counter pain relievers before consuming them.

How long will I have to wear them?

Treatment times vary, and you can get an estimate of the suggested wear time for your braces from your orthodontist. However, braces could need to be worn between 18 months to three years. Nonetheless, retainers still need to be worn after to maintain the straight teeth once the braces come off.

What foods need to be avoided?

When it comes to changing up your diet for your braces, there is a statement you need to keep in mind:

“All soft, no sugar!”

Anything that you need to crunch, bite, or chew quickly is a no go with dental equipment installed. Likewise, sugar can be dangerous as it can hide in your brackets, creating a possible home for cavities. For more information on foods to avoid, read our Living With Braces guide.

How do you take care of your teeth when wearing braces?

In our Living With Braces guide, we detail all of the tips and tricks you need to take care of your teeth when wearing your braces. Make sure to print it out, and keep nearby as you go through your treatment. 

What supplies should I purchase for braces care?

Your braces care kit should have all the things you need to keep discomfort low and your teeth clean. Here are a few of our suggestions:

  • Dental Wax: you can put wax on your brackets or wires to help stop them from rubbing into your cheeks and gums.
  • Soft bristle toothbrush: to avoid brushing too hard, or causing discomfort to sensitive gums.
  • Interdental floss brushes: These special toothpick-like brushes can help when pesky food particles get stuck in your braces, especially when you’re not able to floss using string.
  • Floss threader: Special tool to help get floss underneath your braces so you can floss efficiently.
  • Sensitive teeth toothpaste: Avoid any toothpaste that offers whitening properties.
  • Waterpik: Otherwise known as a water flosser, this can help get food particles out from between your teeth, in replacement of floss. A handy tool to have, but it is definitely not required. 

Set Up a Free Consultation

Call Straighten Up Orthodontics today at (301) 879.1607 for a free braces consultation. You can also schedule your consultation online using our appointment calendar

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general orthodontic topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please contact Dr. Wiltshire or your other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.