Even though braces are often employed to give us a great-looking smile when it’s all over and done with, one common concern our clients have raised is they worry about how they’ll look during treatment.
Well, like with Myth #1 up there, you’re in luck! Braces have really evolved! These days, they’re less obtrusive than ever. In fact, you’re in luck since here at Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics, we don’t just offer traditional metal braces.
Whether you call them clear, ceramic, tooth-colored, or aesthetic, it all comes down to one thing – less visible braces! They blend right in with your natural smile and are just as effective as metal offerings. Your ceramic braces could work even faster!
You may have images of constantly coming in for new wires after yet another incident or an hours-long struggle sesh following a particularly juicy pear, but whatever you’re thinking, chances are it boils down to ‘high maintenance.
But guess what! Besides learning a bit about cleaning, braces are super easy to care for. They’re probably not going to get lost, and the same features that make them less painful and intrusive in modern offerings make them much less hassle to deal with day-to-day.
Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics takes pride in serving the community from our Northwest Las Vegas and Summerlin locations. A big part of that service includes offering free consultations and flexible payment plans.
You’re not a number to us, and neither is your child. We want you to have the best smiles possible, and we will work with you to find a financing plan that makes sense for your budget.
The fact is that dental malocclusion, overbites, jaw issues such as temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) and other orthodontic issues have no expiration date.
While there may be a societal preconception of braces as belonging to youngsters, that idea is starting to change – more than 25% of all new braces patients are adults, according to the American Association of Orthodontists.
While it’s true that treatment takes time, the typical course for orthodontic treatment, as corrected via traditional braces, is anywhere from 12-36 months. Many patients find themselves at the shorter end of this spectrum.
Not only that, but you’ll start to see results much sooner than that. Typically within the first few months! Now that’s what I call motivation!
For some reason, the idea got started that if you use braces, you won’t be able to participate in certain contact sports. Another one we’ve heard is that various musical instruments in the wind family become off-limits once you’ve begun treatment.
Well, happily, these are just pure myths! Sure, you’ll want to take it easy the first couple of weeks after beginning treatment to adjust, but if you wear a mouthguard for certain contact sports (which you should be doing anyway), you’re good to go!
Now this one’s just funny. However, we understand how the idea could get started. Most braces are metal, after all, and when we think metal, we think magnets. And when we think magnets, we think lightning! Magnetism and electricity are demonstrable extensions of the same physical theory, after all!
Fear not, friend. Modern-day braces are composed entirely of metal alloys, with no traceable magnetic particles or attraction. We still wouldn’t recommend any activity that would put your mouth in close contact with an electrical socket, to be fair…
Wrong again. Provided you take the time to learn how to clean your braces properly, you’ll be happily snacking away on the gooiest gummies and crunchiest apples in no time!
We’ve given you more than a few reasons not to fear getting braces (nine so far, to be exact!). However, we completely understand if you’re still interested in alternatives.
By the way, did we mention that there are alternatives? Clear, removable Invisalign aligners are available when appropriate. Ask Dr. Leaver or Dr. Gardner, and they’ll work with you, utilizing cutting-edge imaging technology, to determine whether your specific case is treatable with Invisalign.
There’s a reason clients tell us all the time that we’re warm compared to other offices in the Vegas area. At Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics, you’re we’re passionate about what we do and intent on forming relationships that can last a lifetime!
Dr. Leaver was inspired to learn the field by his own father, Dr. Leaver Senior, and went on to join his practice more than twenty years ago. He loves staying current with the latest orthodontics and volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America.
Dr. Gardner has practiced for 12 years, is an avid participant in the scholarship of orthodontics, and spends time with his wife, 5 children, and Nacho the desert tortoise, who adopted them a few years back!
They can’t wait to take care of you, so what are you waiting for? Call today for your free consultation!
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