We may sometimes take for granted the ease with which we smile when we actually love our smile. However, when you don’t like your teeth, you become acutely aware of when, where, and how zealously you smile. Orthodontics have a profound impact on self confidence and quality of life. If you’re intentionally hiding your smile or notice that your child is hiding their smile, it’s time to do something about it. Everyone deserves to love themselves and enjoy life fully. Call Kauffman Orthodontics at (830) 730-4440 for the best braces in New Braunfels.
It’s safe to say that when someone says “braces,” you can think up an image in your head and be exactly right. Braces are an oral appliance that your New Braunfels orthodontist will affix to your teeth and are used to move your teeth. These brackets are individually applied to each tooth and connected with a wire. This gives Dr. Kauffman control over the directional pressure and the amount of pressure applied to your teeth to make sure they safely and gently move in the right direction.
The science behind how braces work is pretty cool! Braces work by using pressure to alter jawbone tissue in the direction the tooth needs to move and regrow jawbone tissue behind the tooth that has moved. At Kauffman Orthodontics, Dr. Kauffman offers truly customized braces that increase your comfort and allow Dr. Kauffman to tailor your treatment to you specifically–no messy impressions required!
Braces are really effective at treating:
There are two primary benefits of choosing braces over the clear aligners that Dr. Kauffman offers. They treat more complex cases, and you don’t need to be concerned about the amount of time you wear them each day because they’re always on! Braces are reliably effective for fixing both the appearance of your teeth and any bite issues you may be dealing with.
Though traditional braces sometimes require more frequent office visits, they are lower maintenance than clear aligners, making them a great option for kids, teens, and adults.
The traditional braces look—metal brackets and noticeable wires—can be a deterrent for a lot of people. Many people gravitate toward clear aligners to avoid the visibility that braces necessitate. However, at Kauffman Orthodontics, we have another solution: lingual braces. Lingual braces are truly invisible braces because the brackets are glued to the back of your teeth. Clear aligners are more discreet than traditional braces, but lingual braces are completely hidden from view. If you’re interested in truly invisible braces, or lingual braces, talk to Dr. Kauffman during your consultation.
Every step of your treatment will be closely overseen—and often completed—by Dr. Kauffman himself. Most people experience soreness after getting their braces or clear aligners for a few days. Advil or Tylenol and soft foods usually ease any discomfort, and it is only temporary.
Dr. Kauffman will give you detailed care instructions once you get your braces. You will need to avoid sticky or hard foods like taffy and ice. You will also need to be diligent about your oral hygiene around your brackets. If you ever have any questions, don’t hesitate to call or text the office. Dr. Kauffman and his team are here to support your journey every step of the way.
Because every case is different, it’s difficult to generalize a treatment time, but most people are in braces for about 12 – 18 months. Sometimes it is less than a year for braces, sometimes braces or clear aligners may need to be worn for two years or more. Dr. Kauffman will provide you with an expected treatment timeline after he assesses you or your child.
After you start treatment with your New Braunfels orthodontist, you can expect to see Dr. Kauffman in his office every four to eight weeks so that he can monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your braces.
Depending on your dental insurance plan, a portion of your treatment will likely be covered. We will work with you to help you understand your benefits and secure financing for the remainder of your out-of-pocket cost. Dr. Kauffman is also proud to offer flexible financing options that make getting the treatment you need a reality. Come in today and see how we can help!
Any orthodontic work is an investment in yourself and your future. Not only will it improve your self confidence, but it also impacts your oral health. There is no doubt about the fact that a beautiful smile is a healthy one. Metal braces, clear braces, or lingual braces will help you love yourself, inside and out. You have to decide what that’s worth to you. Dr. Kauffman and his team believe that the best investment you can make is with yourself, and we can help.