Traditional Orthodontics – Queens, NY

Bracket & WIre Braces

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The most common and efficient method of orthodontic treatment is the use of braces, where brackets are bonded to the outside surface of the teeth and connected with wires to achieve the desired movement over time. No matter which treatment options are chosen or recommended, rest assured Dr. Yelizar will provide the best treatment outcomes that will last you a lifetime, including customized treatment plans using traditional orthodontics in Queens, NY.

Types of Traditional Braces

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What Are Traditional Metal Braces

Compared to the past, modern traditional braces have come a long way. They are cast out of hypoallergenic stainless-steel metal, are less bulky and offer low profile options to achieve a beautiful smile.

What are the Benefits?

If you would like a sure proof and affordable way to correct that smile, then the traditional braces are it. These appliances are probably the most recognizable symbol of orthodontics. They can be used to treat mild to severe malocclusions. Also, if you feel upbeat, colorful elastic ties can be used to make your braces POP. Color Choice is yours.

Who is a Candidate for Traditional Metal Braces?

Traditional braces can be utilized to treat patients from all age ranges. Once the braces are placed, it takes 2-4 days to get used to them. Proper brushing and flossing techniques will be provided in order to ensure healthy outcomes post orthodontic treatment.

What is the average treatment time with Traditional Metal Braces?

While all the treatment lengths vary from patient to patient, most of the time you can expect these appliances to be on from 6-24 months. If compliance is adequate, expect shorter treatment times, average begin from 15-24 months for comprehensive treatment.

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What Are Clear Ceramic Braces

A similar yet more discreet option is ceramic braces. Ceramic Braces are brackets that are made out of translucent porcelain material. Because they are tooth colored, they blend with the enamel and allow Dr. Yelizar to accomplish the same goals more esthetically.

What Are the Benefits of Clear Ceramic Braces?

Ceramic braces offer the same treatment advantages as traditional metal, while being much more visually appealing. Most patients should still maintain adequate diet and hygiene in order to avoid any disturbances throughout treatment. High esthetic appeal, affordability, comfort, and efficiency are some of the things that make clear ceramic braces a Go To choice for esthetically minded people.

Who is a Candidate for Clear Ceramic Braces?

Ceramic brackets are great options for self-conscious teenagers and adults who prefer less noticeable options to straighten the teeth and achieve a dazzling smile. They are also great for people who don’t want to be bothered with “Wear Time” associated with removable aligners. Some patients like to use Colored elastics ties to create a Vivid Color effect , which makes the color of the elastics ties pop off the crystalline surface of the brackets creating an eye-catching appearance.

What is the Average Treatment Time with Clear Ceramic Braces?

As mentioned earlier, treatment outcomes and lengths are identical to traditional metal braces. For comprehensive treatment with good compliance usually ranging from 15-24 months.

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What Are Pitts 21 Self Ligating Braces?

Pitts 21 braces were created by a world-renowned orthodontist Tom Pitts, in order to ensure the orthodontic treatment goes effectively with outstanding finishing results. The difference is in the dimension of the brackets and their relationship with wires that are used to guide the teeth to their ideal positions.

What are the Benefits of Pitts 21 Self Ligating Braces?

Term self-ligating means that the brackets are manufactured in a way that eliminates the need for colored elastic ties. By getting rid of the elastic ties, patients' oral hygiene is greatly improved. This also eliminates friction caused by the wire/bracket interface which in turn moves the teeth 3 Dimensionally faster and more predictably.

Who is a Candidate for Self-Ligating Braces?

Any adult or teenager patients can qualify for Pitts 21 Self Ligating Braces. These braces are manufactured in metal as well as ceramic materials providing a choice for esthetically driven individuals.

What is the average treatment time with Self Ligating Braces?

Since the engineering advances of this bracket system, 3Dimensional control of the teeth is achieved much sooner in the treatment. The average time for comprehensive treatment usually spans between 12-18 months.

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Brius® Hidden Braces

The Brius® approach to orthodontics is a revolutionary method that involves moving each of the teeth independently. The brackets are placed behind the teeth so that most people won’t even know they are there unless you tell them. Since all the teeth are moved at once independently of each other, treatment time is significantly reduced. They are also more comfortable and easier to clean than traditional braces, and they require fewer visits to our orthodontic office.

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Understanding the Cost of Traditional Braces

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The total cost of traditional braces in Queens depends on the details of your treatment. For example, a case that lasts just one year will of course be less expensive than one that takes multiple years to complete. During your consultation, our team here at Simplibraces will be able to evaluate your situation and provide you with a personalized cost estimate. In the meantime, the following information may help you to anticipate what will be involved in paying for your treatment .

Factors That Affect the Cost of Traditional Braces

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Several factors can affect the cost of braces, including:

  • The severity of your misalignment: This affects treatment length, what type of accessories you will need, and more. It is the most significant contributing factor to the overall price of braces.
  • Age: Adults’ teeth tend to move more slowly than those of teenagers, which can make treatment more complex and slightly more costly.
  • The number of appointments needed: Braces must be adjusted periodically throughout the treatment. How frequent your appointments are can influence the total cost of your care.
  • Compliance with treatment guidelines: Failing to wear your elastics, or eating food that damages your braces, can delay your treatment and incur extra expenses.

Professional Braces vs. “DIY” Braces: Which Costs More?

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You might have seen reports on social media about people who have created their own “braces” using household objects, such as fishing line, Super Glue, and paperclips. At first, such methods might seem like a feasible solution for saving money, especially if you are on a tight budget and don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on professional braces.

However, extreme caution is in order. Many people who have tried DIY braces end up worsening their dental misalignment. They may also harm their tooth enamel and gums. Correcting such issues can be much more expensive and uncomfortable than investing in professional treatment in the first place.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Braces?

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Some higher-end dental insurance plans cover braces. Typically, such plans have a lifetime orthodontic maximum, which covers 50 percent of the cost of treatment up to the given spending limit. A few plans limit their orthodontic coverage to patients under the age of 18 or 19.

Our team will be happy to help you navigate your benefits and file your claims. If your plan does not cover braces, you might consider using your flexible spending account or healthcare savings account to pay for them.

Another Option for Making Braces Affordable

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If you don’t have insurance coverage for braces, consider this to make it easier for you to afford them:

  • Financing: We are happy to offer an Interest-Free In-House financing option with a low down payment and manageable monthly payments. There is also a third-party financing option – Lending Point.

Are you ready to learn more about braces and their cost? Contact our team today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Isaak Yelizar.

Traditional Braces FAQs

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Receiving traditional braces in Queens can be an exciting time for patients. However, it can also cause a bit of uncertainty simply because of the unknown factors that come with metal brackets and wires. Fortunately, the team at Simplibraces is here to help you navigate the process while also answering any of your questions. Below, we have a list of questions asked by our patients. Providing clear and concise answers, we hope you will feel more confident in your decision to move forward with orthodontic treatment.

Am I too old to get braces?

It’s not uncommon to think about children or teens being the only ones to wear traditional braces, but that is no longer the case. Many adults are turning to these reliable orthodontic solutions simply because they work. While there is no upper age limit for regular braces, it is important to note that as an adult, the teeth are more firmly embedded into the jawbone, which will likely require more time wearing metal brackets and wires.

To be considered a good candidate for treatment, you’ll need to be in good general health and not show signs of decay or gum disease. If so, you’ll need to undergo these dental procedures first.

How long do traditional braces take?

It is usually between 1-3 years before a patient’s teeth are fully straightened after wearing braces. However, no two patients are alike, so the timeline will likely vary from person to person. The good news is that your orthodontist is here to deliver the details of treatment during the initial consultation, so you are fully aware of what to expect.

Other common factors that can determine the length of time spent wearing braces include everything from age and bite alignment to your commitment to the process and treatment.

Can traditional braces fix TMJ?

There can be serious pain involved in dealing with inflamed or damaged temporomandibular joints (TMJs). Because this area of the facial structure can be strained, affecting the mouth, head, and neck, patients often look for anything that might help alleviate the discomfort. Fortunately, if TMJ disorder (TMD) is caused by crooked or crowded teeth or a misaligned bite, traditional braces can be helping in alleviating symptoms and bringing a person’s jaw and teeth into proper alignment.

What happens after you get your braces off?

Once your braces come off, it’s essential that you begin wearing your recommended retainer. The teeth will naturally try to shift back into their original position, as they’re not integrated into the new location. To avoid the potential of this happening, a retainer will be made for you to wear. These can either be removable or fixed. In the beginning, you’ll likely be required to wear it 24 hours a day, seven days a week, only removing it when eating or cleaning. This will be normal for a few weeks only to eventually switch to wearing your retainer while you sleep.

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