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4 REASONS YOU SHOULD GET BRACES AS AN ADULT

Adult Braces Reese Family Dentistry

Are you over the age of 21? Are you on the fence about getting braces as an adult? You are not alone. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, one in five orthodontic patients is an adult.

Why are so many adults opting to get braces? In addition to getting the smile they have always wanted, many adults are choosing braces for a variety of different reasons. Here are just a few.

BRACES ARE NOW MORE AFFORDABLE AND LESS NOTICEABLE
Today’s braces are not as bulky as they were years ago. And with advances in technology, the time it takes to get straighter teeth has been shortened. Today’s braces also come in a variety of different material to help fit the needs and the lifestyle of many adults. Ceramic braces are great for those who don’t want their braces to be easily noticed. They are translucent and blend in with the patient’s own teeth.

Braces are also more affordable than they were years ago. Although most dental insurance doesn’t offer to pay for adult orthodontics, there are companies who offer credit for these types of services such as Care Credit. You can call our office at Reese Family Dentistry to learn more about our financing options.

BRACES CAN HELP FIX ORAL HEALTH ISSUES
In addition to creating a beautiful smile, braces and other adult orthodontic treatments can help fix a number of oral health issues.

Some issues include:
- Issues with eating or speaking due to a bad, misaligned over or under bite
- Gum disease and tooth decay caused by overly crowded teeth
- Jaw pain, headaches, and pressure caused by crooked or misaligned teeth

Fixing the above issues by straightening your teeth not only helps the issue you are having but also decreases the risk of future problems with your teeth and overall oral health.

TEETH CAN SHIFT AT ANY AGE
Even though many adults had braces as kids, some notice that their teeth have moved or shifted as they have gotten older. This can be due to several factors. However, neglect to wear a retainer after orthodontic treatment is the number one reason.

Teeth may also shift due to health, an accident, or delayed growth. Adults who once had straight teeth as a child or young adult may find themselves with crooked or misaligned teeth as they get older. Getting adult braces as an adult can help you get back your perfect smile.

PEOPLE ARE LIVING LONGER AND ARE OPTING FOR ADULT ORTHODONTICS
People are living longer and are doing more to keep their teeth. In fact, it is not uncommon for adults in their 40s and 50s to get orthodontic treatments. People are taking care of their teeth and choosing to straighten and align them properly to make them stronger so that they can keep their teeth longer. 

GIVE REESE FAMILY DENTISTRY A CALL TODAY AND GET ON THE ROAD TO A STRAIGHTER SMILE!
Since every patient is different, and everyone has specific orthodontic needs, Dr. Reese will customize your orthodontic treatment plan to meet your needs. 

Don’t go another day without the smile you have always wanted. Take the first step by scheduling your no-cost initial orthodontic evaluation. Give us a call at (870)424-5900 or request an appointment online by filling out and submitting our online form. You can find it by clicking HERE



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THE DANGERS OF DIY BRACES

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The DIY trend has taken over everything from home decor to car repairs to clothing design. And now, the DIY trend is making its way through the field of orthodontics with DIY braces.

The recent DIY trend of creating your own braces was sparked by a video posted on YouTube when a young teen demonstrated how she closed her gap using rubber bands she purchased from the drug store. The video became popular and other similar videos followed. New businesses even started selling “gap” bands online. However, many who tried the DIY technique soon discovered the hard way that using bands to straighten teeth is a very bad and painful idea.

JUST SAY “NO”
Not only is the act of using bands to straighten teeth a bad idea. It’s a very, very bad idea. Using elastic bands or “gap” bands can cause permanent damage. As pressure from the bands moves up the tooth, they begin putting pressure on the root. In many cases, this has caused the tooth to come out completely. There are also many cases out there where the bands have slipped from the tooth and moved under the gums requiring surgery and even removal of the tooth in some cases in order to remove the bands completely. In addition to tooth loss, using bands to straighten your teeth can have other negative effects.

-Tooth discoloration
-Inflamed and/or infected gums
-Bone loss
-Root Damage

This trend has become so concerning to dentists around the country that the American Journal of Orthodontics has issued a consumer alert on the use of the “gap” bands in an effort to educate people on the dangers and prevent serious problems from occurring.

WHY FACE-TIME IS IMPORTANT
Meeting face-to-face with a dentist that has advanced orthodontic training and experience is more important than you think. They can take x-rays, assess the degree of your overall oral health, and take note of any major issues such as an extreme overbite. This helps the dentist put together a special treatment plan that is just right for you. During the course of the orthodontic treatment, you will have regular face-to-face visits so that your dentist can make any necessary adjustments.

Having face-to-face time is important for many different reasons. Dentists with advanced orthodontic training and experience go through years of school in order to give each patient the precise treatment they need to straighten their teeth. Each person is different; therefore, each treatment is different and seeing you in person is the only way to make sure your treatment is doing what it needs to do to create a beautiful smile.

REESE FAMILY DENTISTRY CAN HELP
Remember, you only get one set of adult teeth, so take care of them. If you would like to learn more about the process of braces and what that would look like for you, please contact our office today at (870) 424-5900 or click Request an Appointment. We would be happy to schedule your no cost initial orthodontic evaluation and get you on the path to a straighter smile. 



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What are the Benefits of Braces?

Image titleEverybody wants a nice smile. Dr. Reese can help you achieve that desire with orthodontic treatment in Mountain Home. There's no denying that a set of braces can help deliver a beautiful mouth full of straight pearly whites. But straight teeth is only the beginning to the plethora of benefits you will receive from braces.

Did you know that crooked teeth actually experience more tooth decay and gum disease than straight teeth? The improvement in your overall dental hygiene that comes with braces, will result in less oral disease. Crooked teeth overlap and tend and create tight cracks that provide an excellent place for plaque build up. Those tight cracks are more difficult to brush and floss properly, which leads to nasty tooth decay. Once your teeth are rightly aligned and spaced, you'll find it's much easier to take good care of your mouth because you'll be much more effective in your brushing. As a result, your teeth will be healthier! Who doesn't love a healthy mouth?!

Did you know your teeth have a lot to do with your ability to speak properly? Your speaking patterns can, in fact, be affected by the line of your teeth and the way they lean. Having good orthodontic treatment will actually change the positioning of your teeth and help you to talk more clearly and have better pronunciation. An added benefit of speech improvement is that you or your child may experience an increase in self esteem.

Did you know braces will also result in better protection of your teeth? Crooked teeth don't have a regular bite pattern. This means your teeth have uneven stress or pressure. There can also be too much pressure on the jawbone with a bad bite pattern. This all leads to bone erosion. Bone and gums begin to erode when there are no teeth to support. This also happens when your teeth aren't rightly aligned, leaving gaps. This leads certain teeth to wear at a more rapid pace and causes premature dental issues. Eventually it may lead to needing to repair or replace damaged teeth. Proper alignment can prevent that. Being aligned properly also helps to prevent damage that can be caused to protruding teeth, especially to someone who is very physically active, for instance, a teenager active in sports. With an uneven bite pattern there can also be too much pressure placed on the jawbone, which can cause a variety of issues including headaches.

Did you know your teeth play an important role in proper digestion? The first step to digestion, before the food ever even graces your stomach, is for you to chew it. Did you know your food is already partially digested before being completely swallowed? When your teeth are crooked or worn and jagged they aren't in line. Misalignment causes you to be unable to tear the food apart, like you need to, for proper digestion. Once your teeth have been straightened with braces, you'll have the ability to chew your food better. This is safer for you and will result in easier digestion.

One last thing you should know...Dr. Reese and his friendly staff at Reese Family Dentistry will be happy to answer any and all questions you may have about how braces can benefit you!



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Five Steps to Prevent Tooth Decay with Braces


5 Steps to Prevent Tooth Decay While Wearing Braces


Many people today have braces for a number of reasons like improving their physical appearance, to have a healthier looking smile, correct unaligned teeth or bite and to improve oral hygiene. Getting braces not only is beneficial to your health and appearance but it also presents a list of new challenges and routines.


One of these challenges is preventing tooth decay. Tooth decay, also known as cavities, is the damage that occurs when the germs and bacteria in the mouth make acids that eat away at the tooth, resulting in a hole. Tooth decay presents more of a challenge for people with braces because of the extra places such as wires and brackets that food can get caught in. Preventing it doesn’t have to be a challenge with the right knowledge. Here are 5 easy steps from the staff at Reese Family Dentistry that can help you prevent tooth decay while wearing braces.


1. Special Tooth Brushes
Wearing braces creates a lot of places and crevices in your mouth and around your teeth that tiny food particles can get stuck and wedged in. By using a special toothbrush made to reach those hard to reach places, you can be confident that you are cleaning your teeth effectively. Special orthodontic toothbrushes can have special angled heads to get into awkward places in the mouth, rotating bristles to get clean deep and remove stuck on plaque, and different levels of softness for those with teeth sensitivity. If you are having a difficult time finding a special tooth brush that suits your needs ask your orthodontic office for advice.


2. Brushing After Every Meal
Brushing your teeth and gums after every meal is an important and effective way to prevent tooth decay while wearing braces. By brushing after every meal you are brushing away all the bacteria that could potentially lead to plaque and tooth decay. It is extremely beneficial to remove all food particles rather than letting the food sit on teeth between meals.


3. Using Mouth Wash
It is best to use mouthwash before and after you brush your teeth. Using mouthwash before you brush your teeth helps loosen particles in your mouth making brushing and flossing more effective. Meanwhile, using mouthwash after brushing your teeth aids in rinsing out any lingering particles of food that cause plaque buildup.


Also, you can use mouthwash that contains fluoride; fluoride in mouthwash can prevent cavities and strengthen your enamel. Not all mouthwash contains fluoride so make sure you are checking the label so you get the full benefit out of your mouthwash.


4. Avoid Sweets
Avoiding sweets while wearing braces is a good way to prevent tooth decay. Although sugar is not the leading cause of tooth decay, most sweets can easily get lodged in between teeth and under wires and brackets. These stuck sugars then sit on teeth for long periods of time breaking down teeth and weakening enamel.


5. Regular Checkups
A good way to prevent tooth decay while wearing braces is to make regular appointments with your orthodontics office. When you go in for check-ups you will be able to get a thorough cleaning of your teeth, the doctors and staff can do any needed repairs or adjustments, and they can answer any questions or concerns you might have.


By following these 5 easy steps for preventing tooth decay, you can be cavity free through your orthodontic treatment and well on your way to a healthy and beautiful smile.



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How to Floss with Braces!


Food stuck in your braces? Flossing can often feel like a difficult and daunting task especially for those of us that are in the process of perfecting our smile, but here at Reese Family Dentistry, we are here to help by showing how simple and quick it can be with just a few steps.


When you have braces it is important to start good oral hygiene habits from the first day you get them put on. Aside from a daily brushing routine, flossing is an important habit for teeth without braces and an even more important habit when you have braces. You should be flossing every day after each meal to keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout your treatment.


With braces, there are many tiny spaces for food to get trapped where a toothbrush can’t reach which can ultimately cause tooth decay. The staff at Reese Family Dentistry believes that learning the proper way to floss with your braces on, is a great way to ensure good oral hygiene and reduce the risk of bacteria growth and disease.  


What You Need:


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Flossing with Braces


1. When flossing with braces on, you are going to want to use waxed floss. Waxed floss is a common tool for flossing and can be found in your local grocery or drug store. Using waxed floss helps prevent the floss string from shredding and getting snagged on the braces.


2. The first step is to make sure you floss under the wires of your braces. To do this, first thread your floss under the wire of your braces. Next, while holding one end with one hand, grab the opposite end with the other hand. Make sure you have a firm grip on the floss.


3. Next you are going to slide the floss in between the two teeth. Then create a curved shape with the floss against one tooth and gently slide up, right beneath your gums. Flossing in between your teeth and close to the gums is very important for good oral hygiene because this is where tiny food particles and plaque can easily build up.


4. Then in a scrubbing type motion you are going to slide the floss up and down to clean the tooth. Repeat on the other side.


5. Now you are going to repeat steps 1-4 for each tooth making sure you remove all food particles so that plaque and tarter are less likely to get caught between your teeth and braces.


6. Lastly, rinse your mouth out by swishing water back and forth and through your teeth and braces. This helps wash away all the food and bacteria you have scrubbed off your teeth and braces.


By following these simple steps after every meal, you are guaranteed to have a healthy, tarter-free mouth. 


If you are looking for an orthodontics office in Mountain Home, AR or have questions about orthodontic treatment you should check out Dr. Reese Orthodontics. The friendly and knowledgeable staff will be happy to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have.



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Don't Delay Your Orthodontic Treatment

Discovering you need braces can feel overwhelming. A multitude of thoughts begin to run through your head. With all those questions and concerns you may be tempted to put it off as long as possible. It's easy to convince yourself it's really not that big of a deal and it's something you can deal with later. Don't be deceived and don't delay getting the orthodontic treatment you or your family need. Timing is key when it comes to treatment. Getting on time braces treatment can make the process easier and smoother. The issues that you or your children are having with their teeth aren't going anywhere, in fact these problems will only increase if left unattended and possibly cause more complications.

Fear keeps a lot of people out of the dentist's office. Don't let yourself be one of those people. Braces are not a scary thing and they definitely aren't a life sentence. Also, your dentist certainly is not as terrifying as you may think! Actually wonderful dentists, like Dr. Reese, get great joy out of helping you get the smile you deserve!

Most treatment with braces lasts around 2 years, but advanced technology in the orthodontic field have made it possible for that time to be significantly less. Ask your dentist if something called quick braces might be an option for you. If it's right for you, your treatment time may be significantly reduced.

One of the largest factors in the length of your treatment time is you. Your dedication to taking care of your braces and following all the instructions your dentist and his trained staff give you is essential. The more you listen and follow, the quicker you will be rocking a mouth full of beautiful straight pearly whites! Everything your doctor tells you to do is for a reason. Remember, he received years of training in his field so he could properly take care of you and your teeth. Make sure you schedule adjustment appointments and be diligent about keeping them! You also should take

brushing and flossing regularly very seriously. Braces act as little traps on your teeth, holding food captive against the enamel. Carry a toothbrush with you everywhere you go so there is never an excuse not to brush after you've eaten. Convenience is a helpful key to success.

When you don't practice proper brushing and flossing you end up with increased tooth decay. That will only complicate and possibly greatly extend your treatment time. Make sure you continue to see your dentist every 6 months for your regularly scheduled cleanings. This will also help you to keep any potential tooth decay in check.

If rubber bands have been prescribed as part of your treatment, make sure you use them and follow directions completely. These elastics help to align your bite and make your teeth move in different directions. The tension caused by the rubber bands puts pressure on the bracket. This quickens the straightening process. When you're wearing the bands you can't open your mouth completely. Be prepared to remove them to eat, but make sure you have another set waiting to be applied after you've finished dining and brushing your teeth. The staff at the orthodontic office will instruct you how to properly apply them.

If you find yourself or your family in need of orthodontic treatment in Mountain Home, Arkansas you can't beat Dr. Reese and his friendly knowledgeable staff. Call today with any questions or to schedule an appointment.



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Questions to Ask Before Getting Braces

So you think you or your child may need braces, but you're not sure what to do next. Do you research orthodontic treatment options, orthodontic services available in your area, or just braces in general? There is a plethora of information out there on the internet, but it is very easy to get lost in all that information and get overwhelmed. There are a few basic questions you need to ask, and we hope to address them here in a nice, easy to understand format.

1. Do you need braces? This question cannot be answered here. You have to make an appointment with an orthodontist or a general dentist with experience in orthodontics to make that assessment. Every case is different. Depending on your level of misalignment, you may not need a full set of braces. If your issue is minor, a retainer may suffice. If you are searching for someone who does orthodontics in Mountain Home, Arkansas, there are several to choose from. Don't feel like you have to go to an orthodontist though. Dr. Reese, a General Dentist at Reese Family Dentistry, has over 25 years of experience in orthodontic treatment, and would be happy to evaluate your personal situation.

2. Do braces hurt? When speaking of pain with braces, there are a few things to keep in mind. The pain associated with braces is for the most part minor. Braces are moving your teeth into proper alignment, so there is constant pressure on them. When you first get braces on, there will be a certain level of discomfort that can be easily treated with an over the counter pain reliever and only lasts a day or two. The inside of your mouth where your braces are touching may also become sore until you become accustomed to the braces. You may also experience minor discomfort when your braces are adjusted. This typically occurs on a monthly basis, but will depend on your personal treatment plan.

3. How much do braces cost? This question also varies depending on your personal treatment plan. It typically ranges from $3,000 - $5,500+. Most places that offer orthodontics in Mountain Home, AR offer financing to help make this amount manageable for your family. Aside from general dental care and braces in Mountain Home, Arkansas, Reese Family Dentistry also offers something called “Interceptive Care”. This treatment is for children who are too young for braces, but it is recognized that they are going to need some sort of treatment in the future. Rather than wait for the problem to get serious, things can be done early on to help with spacing issues. This typically runs from $2,000 - $2,500. These costs include all x-rays, impressions, adjustments, appliances, etc. for the duration of the treatment.

4. How long does it take for braces to fix your teeth? The average time patients are required to wear braces varies from less than a year to over 2 years. It just depends on the severity of your misalignment and your personal treatment plan. After braces, you will most likely need to wear a retainer daily for a set amount of time to keep your teeth from shifting out of their new straight positions, and then just switch to wearing the retainer only at night.

Most of these questions will be answered for you during your initial evaluation appointment, so don't worry! Whether you're looking for a General Dentist with experience in orthodontics or an Orthodontist in Mountain Home, AR, we hope this list has helped ease your mind. Feel free to contact the helpful and knowledgeable staff at Reese Family Dentistry with any additional questions you may have. They'd love to help you get your perfect smile!



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Orthodontic Myth Busters!!

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You've probably heard lots of things about orthodontists and orthodontic treatment. Unfortunately much of the information you have heard may be untrue! Let's tackle ten of the top myths about orthodontics to make sure you aren't keeping misinformation from getting yourself or your children the treatment that's needed.

Myth #1: An orthodontist is just a really expensive dentist.

False! The truth is your family dentist and an orthodontist are very different! Both help in the overall health of your mouth, but that is where the similarity ends. Orthodontics is a specialized field of dentistry. In fact, an orthodontist has several more years of schooling after graduating from dentistry school. They receive advanced education related to the straightening of teeth and are trained to recognize issues and potential problems related to their field. *Note: Some general dentists have orthodontic training and qualified to do orthodontic treatment, you need to check with your dentist to see if this is the case.

Myth #2: Braces are for kids only.

False! Many adults believe that they can no longer receive treatment to straighten their teeth and get the beautiful smile they've always wanted. The truth is, around every one in five patients an orthodontist sees is an adult! You CAN get that smile you've always wanted!

Myth #3: Orthodontics are only for straightening teeth and that's vain.

False! While the majority of the patients seen are there for crooked teeth, orthodontists treat a variety of issues. Missing and impacted teeth, jaw misalignment, and overbite issues are all reasons you might see an orthodontist. Don't let the misconception that you are vain for wanting a beautiful smile keep you from seeking treatment. There is nothing wrong with wanting to love your smile!

Myth #4: Braces are way too expensive for me.

False! Money talk is never fun, but that's why you need a great orthodontic office like Reese Family Dentistry for your orthodontic treatment. The caring staff there can walk you through the process and show you that orthodontic treatment is affordable and worth it. There is a plan perfect for your budget.

Myth #5: Traditional braces are the only option.

False! Technology continues to change the world every day and the field of orthodontics is no different. Many people still continue to use the traditional method, but there are other options now. Invisalign clear aligners are now readily available. Ask your orthodontist about it!

Myth #6: Orthodontists are only for super complicated issues.

False! An orthodontist is trained to recognize both small and big issues. Often times it's actually better to seek treatment before a small issue transforms in to a big issue!

Myth #7: All I need is to get braces on and my teeth will be perfect.

False! Braces take effort! Regular brushing and flossing is essential to getting your teeth where you want them to be. Also, once your braces have been removed, you will more than likely be wearing a retainer. Wearing a retainer at night is very common. Once your teeth are straight, you have to do things to keep them that way.

Myth #8: I'm going to be stuck with braces forever!

False! The idea of changing your eating habits and taking on the responsibility of caring for braces can seem overwhelming. Many people are also under the assumption that you'll be stuck in the braces for years. There's no one size fits all plan when it comes to “ortho” treatment. The more you listen to your orthodontist and take good care of your teeth, the sooner the process will be over.

Myth #9: Braces are super painful and inconvenient.

False! Many believe your wires have to be super tight and changed at every visit. That's not the case. The wires are only changed on occasion and they are much more flexible and comfortable than in years past. Once you get used to them being there, you'll hardly notice them!

Myth #10: You can switch orthodontists at any time once the treatment has begun.

False! Sometimes circumstances, such as moving, are beyond your control and you'll need to seek a new doctor. If at all possible, it is best to use the same person throughout the time of your treatment. Each orthodontist is unique and it's good to remain with the one who knows your situation.

How about one more just for fun?

Myth #11: Your mouth will be so full of metal that you will be sucked to any very large magnet!!

False! While that might be funny (but painful!) the metal used in braces is actually non-magnetic, so the chances of that happening are zero.

If you have any questions or need help on making a decision about seeking orthodontics in Mountain Home, Arkansas call Dr. Reese's office at 870.424.5900 and make an appointment today!



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Things To Do Before You Get Braces

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So braces are coming into your life. Perhaps you yourself are getting them, or maybe you have a child that's about to head to the orthodontist. I bet you are wondering what you need to do before the big day. How can you prepare properly?

Well, if someone in your house is getting braces there's probably some nervousness going around. How about a little fun...like a trip to grocery store!? What, that doesn't sound fun to you? Well, now that you are saying hello to braces, chances are you are going to be saying goodbye to some pretty delicious things for awhile. Why not plan one last binge on those foods you will have to avoid eating with braces? Enjoy some popcorn, hard candy, beef jerky, gum, hard fruits and vegetables, and anything particularly sticky like fruit snacks. Those are all considered bad food for braces. It's very important to stay away from these types of foods after getting braces because you want to do everything you can to avoid braces repair (or damage to teeth) and possibly slowing down your progress.

Keep in mind that, after getting the braces on, your (or your child's) mouth is going to be somewhat sore. The process of putting the braces on itself does not hurt. That night and for the next couple days

there may be some minor pain, making it difficult to chew. While you're at the grocery store, you might want to stock up on some soft foods that are safe to eat during the first day or two. Mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, soup, and jello are all easy to eat while the mouth adjusts to the new orthodontics.

Stick to things you can eat without much chewing. Pudding is also satisfying when you're craving sweets and it won't harm your braces. Doing everything the orthodontist says to do will speed up the process of adjusting and any painful days will pass quickly.

An important thing to remember, as your household prepares for braces, is that they take dedication. Brushing and flossing several times a day is very important and non-negotiable when it comes to braces. It's quite a let down to spend 2 or so years wearing them to straighten your teeth, only to end up with cavity ridden discolored chompers! Prepare now to make things easier later. Convenience is definitely the key when it comes to kids and teens. It also doesn't hurt with adults! Stock up on toothbrushes and flossers. Keep them in easily accessible places such as purses, vehicles, backpacks, and anywhere you might be...school, the office, etc. That way there is never an excuse to not brush after a meal, even if it's dining out or lunchtime at school. Being ready now will make it much easier later.

Make sure to focus on the big picture while you prepare. If it's your child getting the braces, help them to remain positive. Giving up food you love and taking on extra responsibility to care for braces can seem overwhelming and downright discouraging when you think too hard about it. The end result is what makes it all worth it! You will never regret a beautiful, healthy smile!

If braces are something you think you or one of your children may benefit from, call Dr. Reese for family friendly care in all areas of orthodontics in Mountain Home, Arkansas. The friendly staff at Reese Family Dentistry would love to answer any questions you may have! Call or use the convenient contact form on their website to get a consultation scheduled!



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What to Expect When Getting Braces

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Getting braces is a common thing these days for all ages.Braces for adults has become just as common as braces for children. If you havebegun any sort of research on orthodontists or orthodontic services, you mayalready know that you don't have to go to an orthodontist for braces. Somegeneral dentists have experience in cosmetic dentistry and are qualified totreat your misalignment issues with braces. If you are looking to get braces inMountain Home, Arkansas for instance, Dr. Reese at Reese Family Dentistry is ageneral dentist with over 25 years of experience in orthodontics. 

The top 3 questions asked when inquiring about braces are:

How much do braces cost? This answer varies on the types of braces(metal, ceramic, etc.), the complexity or severity of the misalignment orissue, and where you live. Orthodontics in Mountain Home, Arkansas typicallyrun anywhere from $3,000 to $5,500+ depending on the previously mentionedfactors. Your dentist will be able to give you an exact cost of braces for yourpersonalized treatment plan during your evaluation visit. 

Is there much pain with braces? Initially there can bea certain level of discomfort when getting braces. Getting braces put ongenerally takes a couple hours, and your mouth will most likely be sore for afew days. An over the counter pain reliever, such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen canhelp lessen your discomfort. You will probably experience a similar discomfortduring your monthly routine adjustments, but for a much shorter period of time.


What can't I eat? You should take great care wheneating anything hard that could damage or break a bracket. Tough meats, apples,corn on the cob, etc. should be either avoided or cut into small easy to chewpieces. Foods such as hard or sticky candies, gum, ice, and popcorn should beavoided all together. If you do eat one of these foods and happen to loosen orbreak a bracket, you need to notify your dentist immediately to schedule anappointment to fix the problem. Neglecting to do this could cause delay in yourprogress which means wearing your braces longer.

In addition to those 3 questions, you need to know that youwill not be getting braces on your initial visit. They will be taking x-rays,photos, and impressions of your teeth and familiarizing you with proper caretechniques for when you get your braces put on. On average you will wear yourbraces for 2 years and have monthly appointments to check your progress and tomake any necessary adjustments. This of course will vary depending on yourpersonalized treatment plan. Once your braces are removed, you will be fittedfor a retainer. This retainer will be worn to help you maintain the newly correctedalignment of your teeth.


If you have further questions or concerns about gettingbraces, or would like to set up a consultation, the friendly and knowledgeablestaff at Reese Family Dentistry would love to assist you! Call them today at(870)424-5900, or use their convenient contact form.




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