Braces FAQs

If you have questions about braces, we have the answers

  • Who needs braces?
    Most patients of any age seeking to improve the overall appearance of their teeth and smile can get braces. Correcting your bite can improve jaw function and overall oral health, and early orthodontic treatment can improve the growth and development of children’s jaws and teeth.
  • How do braces work?
    In the past, orthodontists would use big metal braces and a series of wires to straighten your teeth. Today, braces are smaller, more comfortable, and more esthetic.

    Traditional metal or clear braces begin working after the orthodontist gently places the brackets on your teeth. Then, a series of wires ranging from very flexible in the beginning to more sturdy toward the end of treatment, are used to gradually align your teeth. Auxiliary appliances including rubber bands may also be used during the course of your treatment to correct your bite (the way your top and bottom teeth fit together).

    See details on our Indirect Bonding method for braces to find out how your brackets will be more accurately and efficiently placed at McComb Orthodontics.
  • How can I tell if my child needs braces?
    The best way to tell if your child needs braces is to schedule a consultation with an orthodontist. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children visit an orthodontist for the first time by age 7.

    Our Early Treatment page covers information on commonly overlooked orthodontic problems with children, and how an orthodontist can help.
  • How much do braces and clear braces cost?
    Please see our Cost of Braces section.