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You will find answers to the following questions in this article:

  1. What are dental braces and how do they work?
  2. What are the different types of dental braces available?
  3. How long do you have to wear dental braces?
  4. Can adults get dental braces?
  5. Do dental braces hurt?

Are dental braces worth it?

If you are considering getting braces, it’s important to understand the differences between a retainer and a brace.

A retainer is a removable dental device created to hold your teeth in place after you’ve finished receiving treatment with braces. A retainer can also be worn as part of your orthodontic treatment to prevent any relapse of your malocclusion (bad bite).

A brace, on the other hand, is typically used when there is significant movement or misalignment of teeth in your mouth. Braces are most commonly used for children and adolescents whose jaws have not fully developed yet; however, adults can also wear braces if they need major dental work done on their mouths. Dental braces consist of brackets bonded onto each tooth with wires connecting them together in order for them to move back into position more quickly than if left alone without any intervention at all.

Types of Dental Braces

There are many different types of braces available today, including fixed braces, removable aligners (Invisalign), and clear aligners (Blaze), self-ligating brackets (which use a different type of wire), ceramic braces (which are made from porcelain), and lingual braces (which are placed on the inside of your teeth).

Fixed braces are the most traditional option and If you want to straighten out your teeth naturally, then fixed braces are the best option for you. They are made of metal wires that are connected on both sides of your teeth and then tightened by a small screw on each side of each wire. These braces involve metal brackets bonded to your teeth by a dentist or orthodontist. They’re usually made from stainless steel or ceramic materials. They can be uncomfortable at first but after a few weeks, they will be more comfortable than before.

If you want to improve the appearance of your teeth without having to wear metal wires on top of them, you may want to consider smile braces or lingual braces instead. Smile braces are clear brackets attached directly onto your teeth with small ties that hold them in place while they work their magic! Lingual braces are similar in design except that they attach underneath your gums instead (hence why they’re called “lingual”).

Removable aligners (Invisalign) are made from transparent plastic that is customized for each patient based on their specific needs. Since these aligners can be removed for cleaning and eating food, they may be easier for some people than traditional metal brackets or wires on their teeth all day long.

What do dental braces do?

Braces are worn primarily to improve the alignment of teeth. They do this by placing pressure on the teeth, which causes them to move into a better position over time. This can lead to an improvement in your smile, bite, and speech as well as improve overall self-confidence and oral health. You should wear your braces for every meal and snack to ensure that you can maintain proper oral hygiene and avoid food impaction.

Can you get dental braces if you have missing teeth?

The answer is Yes. Adjacent teeth frequently move into the vacant area left by missing teeth, which can cause serious issues. Orthodontic therapy will address these issues and either stop them from occurring altogether or address issues that may have arisen as a result of missing teeth. Whether you’re an adult whose missing teeth from birth or you’ve lost a tooth as a teen in an accident or sporting event or for another reason, the good news is , you still may be able to get braces as an adult.

How are dental implants vs. dental braces?

Since there is no ideal solution that would be suitable for everyone, it is difficult to discuss the precise “trade-offs” between braces and dental implants . Dental implants might only take three months, but braces sometimes take up to two to three years. Therefore, there can be a time-saving advantage and should you go for implants. Theres no surgery involved in braces, but if you consider dental implants, surgery is required. While a dental implant only replaces one tooth, braces shift all of your natural teeth into the best possible biting position.

If you don’t fill the gap, the adjacent teeth may shift into the empty space, worsening your bite’s imbalance and putting certain teeth under greater stress than others. This will in turn result in uneven wear and tear of your teeth over time. If time is not a factor, it would be suggested that you consider braces, to move all of your teeth to its most ideal bite and aesthetic position, if it means you can avoid getting a dental implant.

If you wish to straighten teeth with braces, and need to replace missing teeth with dental implants, then it is best to have orthodontic treatment first, before having your dental implants. This will help ensure the dental implants can be placed in the best possible position to provide good aesthetic results.

Can I already have dental braces after tooth extraction?

The typical recommendation is to wait at least two weeks before receiving braces if you or your child has had a wisdom tooth extracted. Before starting therapy, we want your gums to fully recover. Some people, however, might still have some soreness and swelling even after two weeks.

Dr. Can Tokman and the experienced orthodontics team at Istanbul Dental Clinics will examine how well your rehabilitation is progressing and let you know when you are ready to get your braces. However, most patients recover quickly and are prepared for braces within two weeks.

How long will it take for dental braces to straighten my teeth?

For the majority of patients, teeth straightening with dental braces may take anywhere between just 6 months and 2 years. Your orthodontist will be able to give you an accurate estimate of how long your braces treatment will take based on their experience treating patients of similar requirements.

Can clear braces be used for adults?

It can be used, if you have mild to moderate tooth crowding, spacing issues, an overbite.

Do you have straight teeth but need a little help with your smile?

If you have straight teeth but would like to improve the appearance of your smile, there are many options available. Teeth can be aligned to improve the overall alignment and appearance of your smile. Braces, which are removable metal wires attached to teeth to gradually reposition them into a better position, are one solution for this. There are other choices available though, like Invisalign, which substitutes transparent aligners for metal braces.

How much do dental braces cost?

You’ve probably heard that braces are expensive, and that’s true. But you might be surprised to learn that the cost of orthodontics braces can vary widely depending on your age, the complexity of your case and the type of treatment you need.

Dental braces for adults can cost anywhere from $4,000 to $15,000 or more in US. If you’re considering getting dental braces as an adult—or if you already have them—it’s important to understand how much they’ll cost before committing yourself to treatment. The cost of braces varies by region and the type of braces you choose. Teeth straightening costs are generally between $3,000 and $5,000 in Europe, but may be more or less depending on whether or not they use clear brackets and invisible wires.

The cost of dental braces depends largely on whether they’re fixed or removable. Fixation means that your orthodontist will wire together certain parts of your teeth, while removable braces use clear plastic brackets attached to colored bands that go over your teeth. Fixed braces are more expensive than removable because they require more work on behalf of your dentist and orthodontist; however, if you get a set of fixed braces when you’re young, they may last into adulthood and save you money in the long run by eliminating multiple trips back to the office for adjustments (and therefore saving time).

Are you thinking about getting braces?

If so, you’re not alone. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, nearly 8 million Americans are currently wearing braces—and that number doesn’t include those who have already gotten their braces off!

Braces can help you achieve the smile of your dreams, but they’re also an investment. Your orthodontist can help you determine how much braces will cost and how long it will take for them to work.


If you are looking to get dental braces, then you came to the right place. We know that getting braces as an adult can be a daunting prospect and we are specialized in providing braces for adults. We’re here to help you and provide the best treatment including dental braces so you can make the best choice for your smile.

At our office, it’s possible for adults as well as children to get orthodontic treatment. To maintain convenient process and stress free treatment, your dentist will discuss all your options with you before starting any treatment plan so that you can make an informed decision about how best to move forward with improving your smile! That’s a start for a warm smile with satisfaction of our services.

At Istanbul Dental, with our qualified team we are ready to answer your additional questions, so do not hesitate to get in touch with us . Also, get a quote to start planning your dental treatment as whole process including your VIP transfer! While gathering information and inspecting the options about the dental services, we recommend you to visit our smile gallery and see our previous patients’ sincere smiles.

We smile, when you smile!

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    As Istanbul Dental Clinics team, we always encourage you to visit your dentist regularly. In order to maintain your oral health, care about your dentals.

    If you have some consideration, questions or in need of consultation, our professionals are ready to help.

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    Before making any decision about aesthetic dental treatment, consider doing some research and having an in-person consultation with a member of the Turkish Academy of Esthetic Dentistry.


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