Getting braces is about more than a beautiful smile! Braces can improve your oral health. If you’re considering getting braces in Albuquerque, NM, you probably have many questions about the treatment. Below are a few frequently asked questions about braces compiled by Dr. Jeff S. Luffey, DDS, an Albuquerque dentist.

How Do Braces Work?

Dr. Luffey uses orthodontic braces to gradually reposition your teeth and jaws to achieve an optimum bite, straight teeth and improved oral health. Braces are brackets that are attached to the teeth and connected by a wire that is adjusted to gently guide crooked teeth to the right place.

How Long Will I Have to Wear My Braces?

Every patient is different, but most require orthodontic treatment for 12-24 months.

How Frequent Are My Appointments?

You will visit Dr. Luffey about every 6-8 weeks.

Do Braces Hurt?

You may experience some discomfort after your braces are put on as well as after they are adjusted. This discomfort lasts for a few days, but taking an over-the-counter pain medication like Tylenol or Advil will help alleviate the pain.

When Does My Child Need Braces?

This depends on the unique needs of your child. Most children get braces between the ages of 8 and 14.

Why Do Kids Need Braces?

Orthodontic corrections include crooked, overlapping and crowded teeth; malocclusion, overbite or under bite; an open bite; or a gummy smile.

Are There Health Benefits to Braces?

Braces are not just for cosmetic reasons. By aligning the teeth, you are able to clean your teeth better, reducing your risk of getting gum disease and cavities. Misaligned bites result in TMJ disorders that cause head, neck and back pain. Braces can help treat and prevent TMJ disorders.

Will I Need to Wear A Retainer?

Yes, all patients must wear a retainer after orthodontic treatment. If you don’t wear a retainer, your teeth will gradually shift, requiring you to get braces again.

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