Braces

Braces align teeth and are a popular treatment choice because of their affordability and efficient performance.

Braces

Types of Braces

Braces are the most common type of orthodontic treatment and are very effective for treating a wide range of issues including crowded teeth, gapped teeth, misaligned teeth, and bite problems.

We offer several braces options for patients of all ages, including the following:

  • Traditional silver (metal) braces. This is the most common and recognizable type of braces and consist of metal brackets and archwires. Kids and teens usually opt for these because they are durable and reliable and are anything but boring these days—you can change the color of the elastics to brighten things up at every appointment if you like. Go ahead and have fun with it!
  • Gold braces. Why not go for the gold? Our gold braces are just as durable and offer the same level of treatment as our stainless steel silver braces. They can be glammed up further with colored bands for a look that is all your own.
  • Self-litigating braces. New, innovative technology allows us to speed up your treatment and even lessen the number of adjustment appointments you need with self-litigating braces. This type of solution uses a special clip and slide mechanism instead of metal or elastic ties to move the teeth. Patients also benefit from easier oral care because of the absence of elastics and a more discreet appearance of their braces because the brackets are clear and blend in with the teeth.
  • Ceramic (clear) braces. For a nearly invisible look, ceramic braces are a popular choice. Ceramic braces are made of clear monocrystalline/ceramic materials, and because they are a bit more fragile compared to metal braces and require extra care, we tend to recommend them for our adult patients. When the orthodontic correction needed is a bit more than clear aligners can handle alone, ceramic braces are often the perfect low-profile solution for our patients.
  • Clear, removable aligners. Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen® are wildly popular, comfortable, and very effective choices for straightening and aligning teeth without the look of metal braces. We use advanced computer imaging to create a series of custom aligners that will adjust your smile gently in a series of small steps. Clear aligners are virtually invisible, and you can remove them to brush, floss, eat, and drink. Dr. Warren is a top provider in our area for this treatment option.
  • WildSmiles Braces® and Mascot Smiles. Invented by an orthodontist named Dr. Stevens, kids can show their personality and team spirit with designer brackets. At Warren Orthodontics, patients can choose brackets in several unique shapes: stars, hearts, flowers, footballs, sports balls, super diamonds, and even BYU and Utah brackets! You can even combine your special brackets with colored elastics. WildSmiles and Mascot Smiles are American-made and offered by thousands of orthodontists across the country. Talk to us at your consultation if you’re interested in learning more!

At our trusted orthodontics practice in Springville, Utah, we are committed to helping you achieve your best smile, no matter your age. You will be treated just like family by our caring and fun team in an environment we designed specifically for your comfort and enjoyment. We encourage you to contact our practice to schedule a consultation where Dr. Warren will work closely with you or your child to create a personalized treatment plan.

To learn more, check out our Braces FAQ.


Life with Braces in Springville, Utah

For tips and tricks about tending to minor issues and keeping up with regular maintenance, you’ve come to the right spot! This page includes some of the things you can do to keep things on track so that you can shorten your time in braces and stay as comfortable as possible while keeping your mouth healthy and clean.

First things first: if you are having any trouble with your appliances, we encourage you to contact us, and if necessary, we will schedule an appointment to solve the problem. We are always happy to help and can even guide you over the phone if you are having trouble. During your adjustment appointments, our team will check in with you to make sure that your teeth are moving as planned. This is also a good time to ask any questions you may have about your care. Dr. Warren and the team here at Warren Orthodontics are always happy to answer your questions.

Taking Care of Your Appliances

Dr. Warren and the team will show you how to take care of your appliances when you receive them, but the general approach is pretty simple: consistently wear your headgear, rubber bands, retainer, and other appliances, and be sure to avoid any food that seems like it might stick to or damage your braces or appliances. We have included a handy list below to help guide you.

Eating with Braces

You can eat almost anything when you have braces—as long as you do not eat the foods that can cause you to lose a bracket or break a wire. Here’s a guide that can help you avoid emergencies caused by food. It’s a great idea to print this list out and put it up on the fridge.

The DO NOT EAT List

  • Chewy foods – bagels, licorice, beef jerky
  • Crunchy foods – popcorn, chips, ice
  • Sticky foods – caramels, gum, taffy
  • Hard foods – nuts, hard candies
  • Foods you have to bite into – corn on the cob, whole apples, carrots
  • Sugary drinks – should be limited or avoided because they can lead to tooth decay

The YES You CAN EAT List

  • Dairy – soft cheeses, pudding
  • Breads – soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins (no nuts)
  • Grains – pasta, cooked rice
  • Meats/poultry – soft-cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
  • Seafood – tuna, salmon, crab cakes, etc.
  • Cooked Vegetables
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Fruits – applesauce, bananas, berries (careful of those little seeds), fruit juice
  • Treats – ice cream* (no nuts), milkshakes, Jell-O®, soft cake

*Did someone say ice cream? Warren Orthodontics has free ice cream. We actually have a whole ice cream parlor! We also have cold drinks, snacks, prizes, and movies! Don’t let anyone tell you that life with braces isn’t a total blast!

Soreness Caused by Braces and Appliances

For the first few days after getting braces or when switching aligners, there can be some soreness and tenderness until your mouth adjusts. Saltwater rinses really do help with mouth discomfort. Dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water and swish and gargle with it for a couple of minutes. Be careful not to swallow the saltwater solution. An over-the-counter pain relief medication, such as Tylenol® or Advil®, can also help. We will provide a special type of wax that can be applied to the surface of your braces if you experience irritation in your mouth from a wire or bracket.

If you notice loose teeth during your treatment, don’t panic. This is normal and is a good sign that everything is moving as it should. Any loose teeth will tighten back up once your treatment is complete.

Loose Wires and Brackets

If a wire or band should become loose or break, please call our office so that we can work with you to fix the problem. You can also use wax on loose brackets to prevent them from irritating the inside of your mouth, or you can remove the loose bracket and bring it to our office for reattachment. Removing loose brackets is fairly simple—each bracket has a small door that holds it to the wire. Open this door, and the bracket will easily come off. If you have pain or irritation due to a broken wire, you can place some of the special wax or a cotton ball soaked in water over the part of the braces or appliance that is causing the irritation. Make sure to bring any pieces of your appliance that may have broken or fallen off along with you when you come in to see us so that we can make repairs.

Playing Sports with Braces

Mouthguards are a must on the playing field, whether you have braces or not. This simple device will help protect against damage to both your mouth and your appliances. If you have a sports accident, check your mouth and appliance for signs of damage, and then contact Dr. Warren as soon as possible if you think something doesn’t seem right. If you have any irritation from a poking wire or damaged appliance, use some wax on the damaged part or wire until you are able to come to see us. For more serious accidents to the head and mouth area, seek care at the nearest emergency room right away.

Maintain Proper Oral Hygiene

Having braces means there are more places for food particles to get stuck. So, you need to keep up that brushing and flossing routine. It’s also very important to keep seeing your dentist for regular cleanings. Consider getting an electric toothbrush, and brush and floss after every meal, too. By practicing excellent oral hygiene habits during your orthodontic treatment, your treatment will be more efficient, which means that you can enjoy your new, straight smile that much sooner.

You can check out our Braces FAQ for more information about braces.

Cost of Braces in Springville, Utah

At Warren Orthodontics, no matter what type of orthodontic treatment you need, from Invisalign or traditional braces to more complex orthodontic treatments such as surgical orthodontics and dentofacial orthodontics, we aim to keep care affordable for families.

Every patient we see receives an orthodontic treatment personalized just for them, so an estimate of the cost for you or your child’s treatment can only be accurately determined during a consultation appointment with Dr. Warren. During this appointment, a customized treatment plan and an estimate of your cost will be created. We offer a wide variety of braces at our practice, all of which are priced competitively for the Springville, Utah, area.

The cost of you or your child’s braces will depend on several factors, including

  • If the braces will be placed on the upper teeth, the lower teeth, or both
  • Your insurance coverage
  • The length of time required to complete treatment
  • The type of braces chosen—clear aligners such as Invisalign, ceramic braces, traditional metal braces, WildSmiles braces, etc.
  • If additional procedures are required to complete treatment

During the consultation appointment, all of the options for braces will be discussed in detail, and personal preference, as well as the position of the teeth and other factors, will be carefully considered to determine the ideal course of treatment. At this point, our team will go over the costs, including insurance and payment options.

Financial and insurance information can be found here.

The Value of Braces

Braces are a long-term (lifetime) investment—this is your smile and oral health we’re talking about. So, when patients and their families are ready to check out treatment needs and options, it’s important that we give them all the information they require to decide. The complimentary orthodontic exam and consultation is the first step. During this important appointment, your questions about orthodontic treatment will be addressed, including cost.

Some of the things we will discuss with you are the long-term benefits of braces that go beyond just a beautiful, straight smile. These benefits include

  • Improved alignment and functioning of the teeth
  • Bite correction for better lifelong oral health
  • Improved overall oral health for less chance of costly future treatments
  • Increased self-confidence that comes from a healthy, attractive smile

If you’re on the fence about getting started on you or your child’s orthodontic treatment, we invite you to explore patient stories to hear about others’ positive experiences at Warren Orthodontics.

We strive to make everyone who walks through our door feel at home and worry-free with an amazing staff, the latest orthodontic technology, and of course, free ice cream. To request a consultation at our office in Springville, Utah, or to learn more about us, contact us today.

Braces FAQ for Kids

Your team at Warren Orthodontics is here to help make your orthodontics experience awesome, so when you come in for your appointments, ask us as many questions as you want—we love questions!

When should I get braces?

Everyone is different, and we will know when your best time for braces is when we meet you and look at your teeth. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends you see an orthodontist by age 7 to find out if and when you might need braces. Sometimes, even if you still don’t have all of your adult teeth, your orthodontist may decide to get an early start with braces for you, or they may decide to watch your growth for a while before getting started. If you get started early with braces, you’re pretty lucky! You might even get to be the first one in your class with braces. By the time you are 11 or 12, a lot of your friends will already have braces. The reason kids have braces is that it’s a bit easier to correct issues with the teeth while people are still growing instead of waiting until they’re all grown up.

Can I still play sports with braces? Can I play an instrument?

Yes, yes, YES! Braces or orthodontic appliances will not keep you from participating in your favorite activities, including sports and playing an instrument. Remember that if you play a contact sport, you should wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth, whether you have braces or not.

Can I go to school the day I receive my braces?

The day you get your braces, you will be able to go right back to school. Your friends might want to hear all about what it was like, and they might ask you if you got any free ice cream!

What can I eat when I have braces?

When you get your braces, our team will go over everything with you and your parents, including the instructions on how to care for your mouth and your braces and what you can and cannot eat. Basically, when it comes to food, if you think a food seems like it might get stuck in your braces or damage them, you’re probably right! If you follow our handy DO NOT EAT list, you probably won’t ever have to come in for any emergency appointments to fix damaged braces. Some of the foods on the DO NOT EAT list include ice, nuts, raw vegetables, apples, and all those super sticky foods like caramel, gum, and taffy.

My new permanent teeth are crooked—will they straighten out on their own as they grow in?

No. The reason for this is that your permanent teeth are bigger than your baby teeth, and the space available in your mouth for these new, larger teeth is limited. So, if your teeth are growing in crooked, they will usually become more crowded and crooked as they continue to grow in. We can straighten your teeth with braces, and when your braces come off, your smile is going to look great.

How long will I have braces?

Come see us for your first appointment, and Dr. Warren will look at your teeth and tell you what treatment he thinks is right for you and how long he thinks you’ll be in braces. It’s different for everyone, but most kids have braces for a little under 2 years. If you follow all the instructions we give you when you get your braces, it’s possible to make your time in braces shorter!

Do braces hurt?

Your mouth can feel a little tender when you first get your braces or after you have them adjusted at our office, but this doesn’t last very long. After a while, most kids forget they even have braces! If you have any soreness, go ahead and ask your parents for Advil or Tylenol or ask them to help you swish with some warm salt water. Believe it or not, gargling with salt water actually does help.

How can I brush my teeth with braces on?

Brushing and flossing with braces is almost exactly like brushing and flossing without braces. The only important difference is that when you have braces, it is even more important to make sure you keep your mouth super clean. Our team will show you the best way to take care of your teeth and gums once your braces are on, and we will give you toothbrushes, flossing aids, toothpaste, and mouth rinses, too. We recommend brushing at least 3 to 4 times a day—once after each meal and again before going to bed. A daily floss to get into those places between your braces where your toothbrush can’t reach will make your mouth extra happy, so we recommend that as well.

Can I get clear braces or Invisalign?

Clear braces, sometimes called ceramic braces because of the material they are made of, and Invisalign, which are clear and removable braces that look sort of like a retainer, are very popular options for our middle and high school students. Dr. Warren will let you and your parents know if these orthodontic treatments are recommended for you when you come to see us for your first appointment.

Would you like to hear stories from other kids about what it’s like to get braces at Warren Orthodontics? Check out our Patient Stories!

Braces FAQ for Adults

The Warren Orthodontics team is available to answer any questions you may have regarding your or your child’s orthodontic treatment, so please feel free to contact us at your convenience. In the meantime, we love to keep our extended orthodontics family in the know, so here’s a set of FAQ just for adults!

Parent-Specific Braces FAQ

When should I schedule my child’s first orthodontic screening?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a first orthodontic screening for children at age 7, before the permanent teeth have emerged. Treatment may not start at this age, but the sooner your child’s overall orthodontic condition is evaluated, the sooner a plan for early intervention can be formulated if needed. After this first screening, we will continue to see your child once or twice a year to monitor their growth and assess their needs, and we offer these growth and guidance appointments free of charge because they are so important for your child’s future oral health and condition.

For more on early orthodontic intervention, check out this page.

What will I learn at my child’s first appointment with Dr. Warren?

The consultation appointment is your opportunity to ask questions about treatment options, cost, and anything else of concern. Some of the things we will cover include

  • If your child has an orthodontic issue that needs to be corrected
  • A recommended plan for correcting any discovered orthodontic issues
  • If your child will be referred to an oral surgeon for additional procedures to complete orthodontic treatment
  • An estimate of the length of your child’s orthodontic treatment
  • An estimate of the cost of your child’s treatment

Will my child be able to return to school the day they receive braces?

There is no reason to miss a full day of school because of an orthodontic appointment, even when your child receives their braces. If your child feels any soreness while adjusting to new braces, this should be very mild and easily controlled with over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

How often will my child be required to miss school for their appointments?

Because most appointments are scheduled 5 to 10 weeks apart, most patients will miss very little school due to their treatment. We will make a sincere effort to meet your scheduling needs, and we work hard to make appointments as convenient, easy, and comfortable as possible for kids as well as adults (we have a massage chair, mom and dad!).

Can my child still play sports or an instrument with braces?

Absolutely! Braces or appliances will not keep your child from joining in their favorite activities, including sports or playing an instrument. If your child plays a contact sport, we highly recommend they wear a mouthguard during play, whether they have braces or not.

What is phase one treatment?

Phase one treatment is a fancy name for early orthodontic treatment for children that typically begins between the ages of 7 and 10 and can last from 12 to 21 months. It is called phase one simply because this treatment is often followed by a second phase of orthodontic treatment that begins when the child is a bit older (phase 2 treatment). These 2 phases combined are referred to as two-phase orthodontic treatment. Phase one starts when we find orthodontic problems during a child’s first orthodontic screening around age 7. We start this treatment early to correct and prevent more severe orthodontic problems for the child in the future. After phase one and a period of rest where there is no treatment, an additional orthodontic treatment (phase 2) may be recommended for your child. Our team will keep you completely informed as we monitor your child’s orthodontic condition during screenings so that you know what to expect and when.

Take a look at our page on Early Orthodontic Treatment for more information. For real stories from patients who have received braces at Warren Orthodontics, explore the videos on our Patient Stories page.

Braces FAQ for Adult Patients

Do you offer orthodontic treatment for adults?

We do! Adults may choose from traditional braces, highly effective Invisalign clear aligners, and even virtually invisible ceramic braces. No matter which solution you choose, your care will be completely personalized to you. Our advanced orthodontic treatment planning techniques, combined with years of experience, ensure that you will enjoy an orthodontic experience that exceeds your expectations and provides results that will keep you smiling proudly for years to come. We have also designed our space for maximum comfort and delight for patients of all ages. After your exam, why not take a seat in our massage chair for some much-deserved you time?

How much will my braces cost? Do you have financing options? Do you accept insurance?

We are dedicated to making orthodontic care doable for every family, so we offer customizable financing options. The cost of your treatment will vary depending on your oral needs and the type of treatment provided, so the best way to receive an estimate is to request a complimentary consultation appointment with Dr. Warren. During this initial appointment, Dr. Warren and his team will review the estimated cost of your treatment plan as well as your financing options and insurance coverage.

Detailed information on our financing options can be discovered here.

How long will my orthodontic treatment last?

Your treatment will be personalized, which means that while the average orthodontic treatment lasts around 2 years, yours may be shorter or longer than the average. The best way to determine the length of your treatment is to request a complimentary consultation with Dr. Warren.

What happens at the first appointment?

Your consultation appointment is the very first step. During this appointment, you will have 3D imaging done of your teeth. These images will be used to create a personalized treatment plan. You may also have impressions taken of your teeth for the creation of certain appliances. If you have chosen traditional braces, we may apply the chosen style and type of brackets that same day. If more complex treatment is chosen, we will work with your schedule to start your treatment at a time that works for you.

Can I return to work the day I receive braces?

Orthodontic treatment does not tend to cause much, if any, discomfort. If you do feel some minor soreness while adjusting to new braces, it will only last a day or 2, and over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen will offer relief.

What are routine orthodontic appointments like, and how often will I need to come in?

During your routine appointment, you can typically expect an oral hygiene review and braces checkup. It is possible that you may receive new wires, or new approaches will be started to further correct your teeth and bite. These appointments usually last around 20 to 40 minutes and are scheduled about every 6 to 8 weeks, and we make every effort to ensure the appointments are efficient and convenient. We will work with you to arrange appointment times that fit with your schedule.

During orthodontic treatment, are regular dental checkups still required?

Yes. Orthodontic patients must continue to maintain their oral health with regular visits to the family dentist every 6 months or so for cleanings and exams.

How do I care for my braces?

Maintaining excellent oral hygiene while in orthodontic treatment helps keep your treatment on track. It is important that you keep up your outstanding brushing habits—3 times per day is recommended. Please keep up with your flossing too, even though it may seem a little awkward at first to floss around those braces. (Don’t worry; we’ll show you how!) Once your treatment begins at our practice, you will be provided with toothbrushes, flossing aids, toothpaste, and mouth rinses to help you achieve that beautiful, healthy smile.

Are there foods to avoid while in braces?

You can still enjoy most of your favorite foods while in braces, but there are a few items to avoid because they can cause damage to or deform the brackets and wires of your braces. These include ice, hard candy, nuts, apples, raw vegetables, sticky foods, and gum. Most of the emergency appointments to repair broken or damaged braces are due to patients not following the instructions we provide—these instructions include detailed dietary guidelines.

For perspectives from patients who have received braces at our practice, take a look at the videos on our Patient Stories page.