Serving Patients in Sylvania, Swanton and the Toledo, OH Area
When asked to describe their dream smile, most individuals mention having straight and uniform teeth. Straight teeth can make all the difference in one’s confidence and oral health. If crooked or misaligned teeth make you feel self-conscious or make oral hygiene difficult, it may be time to consider braces.
Dr. Paul Hwang is committed to helping all of his Northwest Ohio and Toledo patients — from the youngest to the oldest — achieve a healthy smile they can be proud to show off. Learn more about whether braces are right for you.
Am I a Candidate for Braces?
Braces can correct mild to severe teeth misalignment and bite irregularities including:
- Crooked, crowded or protruding teeth
- Gaps and spaces in between teeth
- Malocclusion (“bad bite” due to a misaligned jaw)
- Teeth that have shifted due to injury
Braces can help improve several functional problems that result from crooked teeth and bite problems such as:
- Difficulty chewing or biting
- Difficulty speaking
- Facial pain due to grinding or clenching teeth (bruxism)
Types of Braces
Dr. Hwang offers several types of braces for both child and adult patients:
Metal braces. Traditional braces are made of stainless steel metal in a network of brackets, arch wires and elastic bands. They work by putting gentle, constant pressure on the teeth in order to gradually shift them into an aligned position.
Ceramic braces. These braces function the same way as metal braces do. The difference is in their appearance. Made of clear, ceramic material, ceramic braces are preferred by many patients because they are less noticeable in appearance.
Lingual braces. Lingual braces use the same metal brackets and wires used in metal braces but are installed behind the teeth. Like, metal braces, lingual braces work by putting constant pressure on the teeth to move them into proper alignment.
Braces are worn 24/7 and are typically in place for one to two years, depending on each patient’s dental and orthodontic needs. Dr. Hwang and his trusted team will be with you during every step of your treatment. For the first few days after getting your braces, your mouth may feel sore and tender. Temporary, minor discomfort is also normal after orthodontic appointments when your braces are adjusted. Regular checkup appointments with us are required so our team can monitor the progress of your teeth and make adjustments as needed.
Orthodontic Treatment to Fit Your Needs
Dr. Hwang offers several orthodontic options and he is committed to helping you find the one that best fits your needs. Our state-of-the-art practice is equipped with the most advanced and effective orthodontic technologies to design individual orthodontic treatments plans. During your orthodontic consultation, Dr. Hwang will thoroughly examine your teeth and mouth, as well as evaluate your oral health. Photographs and X-rays will be taken to help Dr. Hwang get a clear understanding of your orthodontic needs.
Cost of Braces
The cost of braces depends on several factors including the type of braces used and the complexity of treatment. Your braces may be covered partially by your dental insurance if your plan includes orthodontic treatment. Please speak to a member of our team if you have questions regarding your insurance benefits.
Schedule a Consultation
To learn more about braces or the other orthodontic options we offer, please schedule a consultation with us. To accommodate your busy schedule, we offer appointments in the evenings and on Saturdays. Call our Swanton office at (419) 825-3779 or our Sylvania office at (419) 885-4796.