A first examination at age 8 is recommended when the front permanent teeth are coming in. However, in most cases, a full set of braces is delayed to age 12-14 when most or all of the adult teeth are in.
There is no age limit to having braces. With people living longer and keeping their natural teeth, more adults are seeking the functional and esthetic benefits that braces can provide.
Cost is dependent on the complexity of the case and the specifics of the necessary treatment. After records are gathered, goals are set and options are presented. Flexible payment plans are available to make treatment affordable.
Again, each case is different. Simple treatment may take only a few months, while complex combination cases may several years to complete. After diagnostic records are taken, your doctor will be able to give you a better estimation.
Yes, in most cases. Several types of retainers are used that may be removable or fixed to the teeth. After the teeth are arranged properly, retainers are used to maintain their positions. Retainers are often worn full time for an initial period of time, then the patient can usually switch to night wear only.