What to Know Before Getting Braces

Many people have a misconception of dental braces due to a lack of information about orthodontics. The following are a few things you should know before considering dental braces in Ripon, WI.

Age Limit

The most common misconception that most people have is that braces are only for teenagers. This is not the case. There are many adults that wear braces to help straighten their teeth. As long as a person’s gums and teeth deemed healthy, they can benefit from braces. If your gums are unhealthy, then braces are not recommended because they put a great amount of pressure on the jaw and gums which could cause dire consequences to your overall oral health. Typically, the cost of adult braces range from $3,000 to $6,000, depending on the material and type of braces that are given. Invisalign braces are the most expensive, but have the benefit of being virtually invisible, which makes them a popular option for adults.


A common misconception is that having the orthodontist do a brace consultation is very expensive, when actually most orthodontists offer these consultations for free. Because the consultations are free, you should take advantage and get as many different opinions as you possibly can. Obtaining different opinions is very important if you have a particularly unique case, or if the first orthodontist you see suggests a tooth extraction. The orthodontist will usually be able to tell you what procedures they think need to be done after one examination of your teeth and gums. Each orthodontist will have a different take on how to do your procedure, so pick the one that seems the most comfortable to you.


There are many people who are unaware that allergies may occur due to the the different metals that are used for dental braces. Metals such as nickel can cause severe allergic reactions in some people. Those who are allergic to latex should also make their orthodontist aware because many different “O” rings and elastics used for braces contain latex.

As previously mentioned, there is nothing wrong with getting as many different opinions as you can so that you will feel comfortable with your final decision when it comes to braces. Silver Creek Dentistry will work with you to develop a plan that you are comfortable with and that will help you achieve straight and beautiful teeth.