Crooked teeth can make us feel embarrassed to smile and lead to a variety of serious oral health concerns.
Thankfully braces can tackle even difficult cases in both children and adults, enhancing their smiles while improving their bites.
Timothy M. Kelly, DMD, PA, in Albuquerque, NM, can help you achieve a straighter smile, without the need of an orthodontist.
How Do Braces Work?
Who Can Benefit From Braces?
- Crooked teeth
- Gapped teeth
- Open bite
Why Go to a Dentist for Braces INSTEAD OF AN ORTHODONTIST?
Though orthodontists undergo years of special training so that they can provide orthodontic care, many dentists undergo training and attend continuing education seminars to provide these services as well.
Dr. Kelly has an advanced understanding of teeth and jaw issues. In addition to his training in orthodontics, he also specializes in treating TMJ, which can be caused by malocclusion. Patients appreciate his 35 years of hands-on experience and find it convenient to receive care from a dentist they know instead of an orthodontist who may be unfamiliar with their dental issues.
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Not only can braces give you a straight and dazzling smile, but they can also help prevent serious oral health concerns that can be expensive to fix.
Like an orthodontist, Dr. Kelly is able to provide patients with orthodontic care so they can reap the cosmetic and functional benefits of straighter teeth. But Dr. Kelly can also provide comprehensive dental care that orthodontists cannot, whether that means a routine dental cleaning or a full smile makeover.
Dr. Kelly excels in helping patients with misaligned teeth reclaim the confidence that a healthy smile provides. If you or your child could benefit from receiving an orthodontic treatment like braces, we invite you to contact our Albuquerque, NM, office:
"Always a great experience. Friendly and competent staff. I’ve never waited more than 5 minutes." - Cynthia McConnell, 2023
"Dr. Kelly’s office is amazing, I’ve had such a wonderful experience as his patient. Going to his office is a first class experience, you’re treated well and the environment is pleasant." -Miranda Wofford, 2023
A Closer Look at Traditional Braces WHAT TO EXPECT FROM START TO FINISH
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Exploring Invisalign A Discreet Alternative to Traditional Braes
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign® is a series of aligner trays that reposition teeth into their ideal alignment over a period of 12 to 18 months. Many adults prefer Invisalign because the clear aligners are a discreet orthodontic solution compared to braces.
Who Can Wear Invisalign?
People with mild to moderate misalignment usually qualify for Invisalign. However, they will need to commit to wearing the aligner trays for a minimum of 22 hours per day.
Do You Provide Invisalign?
Yes. In fact, our Albuquerque, NM, office prefers to use Invisalign when the orthodontic treatment makes sense for the patient. However, in cases of severe misalignment, we typically recommend traditional braces. When choosing between Invisalign and traditional braces, Dr. Kelly takes health, function, and aesthetics into consideration.
Managing Discomfort From Braces
- Taking over-the-counter pain medication
- Using orthodontic wax
- Applying a cool or warm compress to the jaw
- Eating soft or cool foods
- Avoiding hard, crunchy, and sticky foods
Maintaining Your Results Caring For Your Teeth After Your Treatment
Wear a Retainer
After orthodontics, your jawbone will need time to heal around your teeth to hold them in place. Once your braces have been removed, your dentist will instruct you on how often you will need to wear a retainer. In most cases, patients will need to wear a retainer at least some of the time forever.
Follow an Oral Care Routine
Continue abiding by an at-home oral care routine that includes brushing, flossing, and using an oral rinse every day. This can help stave off oral health problems and keep your teeth and gums healthy. Your dentist will also give you instructions on how to properly clean your retainer.
Attend Regular Checkups
Continue to visit our Albuquerque, NM, dental office for regular checkups every six months so that our dentist can monitor the condition and alignment of your teeth and provide you with preventative care. Our dentist will also check for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Braces
Q. Do braces hurt?
A. You may experience some minor discomfort when you first get braces or when your braces are adjusted. However, this is usually easily managed at home using over-the-counter pain medications. If you experience severe pain or have any concerns, please contact our Albuquerque practice so we can help you as soon as possible.
Q. Does dental insurance cover braces?
A. Your plan and coverage may vary, but dental insurance often covers at least a portion of your orthodontic treatment. We will verify your coverage before your treatment begins so you can accurately plan and budget.
Q. Is there an age limit for braces?
A. Not at all! Adult patients can greatly benefit from treatment with braces. Braces can give you a beautifully straight smile regardless of your age.
Q. How long does orthodontic treatment with braces take?
A. The average treatment is about 18 to 24 months. However, your timeline may vary depending on the severity of your orthodontic concern and if you adhere to treatment requirements.
Q. How long do I have to wear a retainer after my braces are removed?
A. Dentists and orthodontists suggest wearing your retainer every night when you sleep. This prevents your teeth from shifting out of place and helps maintain your beautifully straightened smile for years to come.
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