Answers for Adults

Whether you're considering orthodontic braces for yourself or for your child, you undoubtedly have questions. Los Angeles Orthodontist, Dr. Arleen Azar-Mehr, is here to help, with both answers to your questions about braces and with a variety of treatments for men, women and children of all ages. If you do not see your question answered here or if you have a specific concern that needs personalized attention, please call (818) 886-6666 today or contact Dr. Azar-Mehr to schedule a complimentary evaluation.

Are braces only for kids?

While it's true that the earlier you seek orthodontic treatment, the better, braces can be worn by almost anyone of any age who seeks to improve both the way they look and how they live.

What can I expect at my complimentary first visit?

Dr. Azar-Mehr will visually inspect and evaluate your teeth and gums, answer any questions and address any specific concerns. After her initial review, should she recommend orthodontic treatment such as braces, you will be advised of your options, as well as informed of both fees and payment plans.

I am about to start orthodontic treatment. What should I do to prepare the few weeks prior to getting braces? Is there anything that I need to do the day of?

Congratulations! The decision to get braces is a big one; it's also a smart one. As Caring For Your Braces requires just a little extra effort on your part to keep debris from accumulating, it is recommended that you see your family dentist for a thorough cleaning prior to getting braces. You should continue to see your dentist on a regular basis for continued cleanings. The day that you're scheduled to have your braces put on, you should brush, floss and rinse thoroughly prior to your arrival as your teeth will need to be clean for brackets to successfully adhere.

Besides the molds, photographs and x-rays that are taken of my teeth, what is the actual process of getting braces like?

First, brackets are bonded to your teeth. Then, archwires are threaded through the brackets. Although there will be a short resting period, you should set aside a couple of hours for the two procedures. Except for having to hold your mouth open, there's no pain associated with getting braces. You may be sore for a few days after as you get used to the braces moving your teeth.

How long must I wear dental braces, and what happens after they're removed?

It all depends on the individual and the type of braces. On average, braces are worn from one to two-and-a-half years, after which, a retainer is initially worn to keep the teeth from shifting back. During this process, it is required that you see Dr. Azar-Mehr approximately every six to eight weeks for both evaluation and necessary adjustments.

What is the cost of braces?

Again, it depends upon the individual and the type of appliance – metal, ceramic or Invisible Braces. Dr. Azar-Mehr believes that everyone can and should benefit from healthy teeth and gums and, therefore, ensures that there's an orthodontic treatment available for and affordable to everyone in Los Angeles. The real cost of braces, though, should be evaluated in terms of the adverse effects on all aspects of life when one has to live with a malocclusion (bad bite).

Braces are not the end of the world; they're the beginning of a whole new smile. You don't have to be anxious about discomfort, self-conscious about huge metal bands in your mouth, or fearful about getting cavities when you seek the orthodontic expertise of Dr. Arleen Azar-Mehr serving Granada Hills, Reseda, Chatsworth, Porter Ranch, Northridge, Mission Hills, Woodland Hills, and Santa Clarita. Call for an appointment at (818) 886-6666 or contact us online today.