Snacking with Braces – The Complete Guide

Starting orthodontic treatment comes with lots of life changes, some of which are exciting, like feeling the subtle shift as your teeth are aligned into a brilliant new smile, but others can be less thrilling, like learning the proper way to brush with braces. One of the most important adjustments that a person has to make, once they’ve gotten past some of the normal side effects of braces like mild pain, is the way that they eat.

Man with braces snacking on an apple in Western North Carolina

Whatever your diet was before braces, it will likely experience some changes during the time of your treatment. Braces are sturdy enough to shift your teeth into the ideal arrangement, but they are also fragile and susceptible to breakage. We’ve compiled the complete guide to help you navigate through all manner of snacking without damaging the hardware.

Enjoy Smoothies

An easy go-to right off the bat is smoothies. They can be as nutritious and delicious as you’d like and can pretty much be modified to suit all palates and dietary needs. Smoothies are an excellent way to get a full serving of fruits and veggies without the risk of doing any damage to your braces. Bananas, berries, yogurt, almond milk, blueberries, and almond butter are just a few smoothie staples that taste great and fill you up.

The Softer the Better

When it comes to certain foods, like cheeses or fruits, the softer the item, the easier it’ll be on your teeth and braces, especially the first couple weeks. You don’t have to cut these items out entirely, but try to limit them to their softest form. If you’re a diehard cheese fan, brie is always a great option, or throw a couple of slices of cheddar between two pieces of bread and make a grilled cheese. Fruits like grapes, bananas, and sliced pears are all easy solutions for a braces-friendly snack, and they taste great on their own or mixed together in a summer salad!

Cups Go Where You Go

Things like fruit and pudding cups have come a long way since I was a kid. Not only are they generally made with better quality ingredients and less unnecessary sugar, but they come in easy to pull-apart packaging that is good to go wherever your busy schedule takes you. If you have kids with braces, throw a couple in their lunch box to enjoy while they’re at school.

The Soft Side of Salads

Certain salads will be a much better option than others. These include soft fruit salads—like those featuring bananas, citrus, or pears, potato salad—macaroni salad, and couscous salad. Just be sure to chop up the pieces in your salad into small bite sizes. This will ensure that you’re not spending too much time or effort biting things in half and that your back teeth are doing most of the chewing work.

Go for a Wrap over a Baguette

Thick, crusty bread, while tasty, is not going to be your friend while you have braces. Instead, opt for a wrap, which is both easier to bite through and healthier overall. Fill it up with whatever ingredients you like that won’t cause an issue with your braces and slice your wrap into small pinwheels for snacking.

Tap Your Culinary Creativity

While following a diet that’s easy on your braces may feel restrictive, adding flair to your cuisine will keep things interesting and may spark an interest in cooking. Try your hand at creating your own peanut butter yogurt dip, make fun out of designing a fruit salad bowl, or, for the real gourmand, try your hand at making your own pretzel bites and switching up the way that you flavor them. Does homemade ice cream sound good to you? Us too! And it’s easy if you follow any one of these recipes:

(Be sure to avoid adding chocolate chips or other items that might damage braces)

Just remember, when cooking at home with braces in mind, the softer the food, the better you’ll manage.

Foods You Should Avoid

While we’re always happy to share with you the delicious foods that you can indulge in as a daily snack, we feel it’s important to remind you of the foods that you should be careful to avoid. They include any food that you would consider tough, sticky, or hard. Foods that fit this description and should be avoided would be:

  • Corn chips
  • Popcorn
  • Peanut butter (okay if blended into a smoothie)
  • Nuts
  • Hard or sticky candy
  • Hard taco shells
  • Ice
  • Pretzels

Any foods similar to the above should be totally avoided until after treatment has been completed and braces are off.

Use Caution with These Snacking Options

While some items are off limits (see the above list), other foods are okay to eat but require a judgment call on the best way to do so. Things like raw carrots and corn on the cob can both wreak total havoc on a set of braces if they aren’t first prepared. For the carrots, chop them up into smaller pieces that can be chewed with a person’s back teeth. The corn should be cut off the cob and eaten with a fork. Doing this will save your braces from any damage and ensure that you’re not running off to an emergency orthodontist appointment for yourself or a loved one.

Other foods that require cautious eating are hard breads like a baguette or bagel, pizza crust, apples, chips, burgers, and sub sandwiches. When in doubt, cut something into manageable, bite sizes first.

Conclusion

Braces don’t have to spell doom for your diet—there are plenty of ways to keep what you eat healthy and interesting while simultaneously protecting your braces. Be sure to check out our Unbeatable Braces Friendly Diet for more recipe ideas. Orthodontic correction always comes with a bit of getting used to, but it’ll be worth it. Just remember to keep this guide handy and comment below with any questions.

Are you or someone you know interested in learning more about braces? Be sure to check out the things we think you should know before getting braces, then feel free to contact us to set up a complimentary consultation with one of our doctors. You’ll get to ask all the questions that you’ve always had about orthodontic correction techniques and come up with a payment plan that fits your needs.

20 Things You Should Know Before Getting Invisalign

Thinking of getting Invisalign? Then we think you’re on track to getting the smile of your dreams!

Woman considers getting Invisalign instead of adult braces in Western North Carolina

As the team behind an board certified orthodontist office, you may think we’re a bit biased―and perhaps we are. After all, we’ve devoted our lives to smiles! But we also believe in keepin’ things real, so here you have 20 things you should know in order to make an informed decision about Invisalign.

1) Don’t rule yourself out!

Often, people spend a great deal of time thinking about Invisalign before they’ve even talked to an orthodontist. This is completely normal and understandable; after all, they’re your teeth! That said, you may be overthinking certain aspects of Invisalign that you do not need to. For example, you may have heard that for particularly severe malocclusions, you will need traditional metal braces, and consequently may be wondering whether you are even eligible for Invisalign.

If this is the case, please come in and talk with us before jumping to any conclusions! We are in the top 1% of Invisalign providers in America and are frequently able to say “yes!” in situations where other orthodontists have suggested metal braces.

2) Invisalign is Fast and Efficient

Many people think the main difference between Invisalign and traditional braces is simply the aesthetic difference. While many patients love the discretion associated with the nearly-invisible option for straightening your teeth, don’t forget it is also faster! Most patients see visible results within 2-3 months.

3) You Will Likely Experience Some Discomfort

Invisalign may look smooth and sleek compared with metal braces, but you might still experience some degree of discomfort. Some people report discomfort and others do not. It varies by person, smile, and pain tolerance.

4) Your Teeth May Feel Loose

Many Invisalign patients report that their teeth feel loose when their aligners are out. This is perfectly normal, as your teeth must be loosened to move to their new positions.

5) Invisalign is Custom Made

We work together with Invisalign to custom design each aligner for your mouth. After we scan your mouth with our state-of-the-art iTero scanner, the Invisalign lab creates a series of aligners that you will change out about every two weeks.

6) You Might Miss Eating and Drinking Slowly

Your aligners must stay in 22 hours per day, so you will have to fit all of your eating and drinking (non water beverages) into two hours. Some people say they miss sipping their morning coffee or evening wine slowly, but others are also excited to see how eliminating constant snacking can trim up their waistline.

7) You May Have a Slight Lisp

Some patients report having a slight lisp or different-sounding voice during the first week or two. However, it is typically something that A) other people don’t actually notice and B) will go away as you get used to the aligners.

8) You May Have “Buttons”

Some patients will have buttons as part of their Invisalign treatment. They are small, tooth-colored brackets that your orthodontist will adhere to your teeth.

9) You May Have Rubber Bands

Every Invisalign case is unique, and some may require orthodontic rubber brands, used in a similar manner as with metal braces.

10) You Will Become the King/Queen of Brushing

Every time you take your aligners out to eat or drink, you should brush and floss before putting them back in. The last thing you want is for food residue to become trapped between the aligner and your teeth, as it is uncomfortable and bad for your teeth. Also, it can yellow your aligners!

11) You Need To Clean the Aligners Properly

Don’t use toothpaste! Though it may be counterintuitive, brushing your aligners may result in them becoming murky and yellow. Toothpaste contains abrasive ingredients that can cause build-up, so stick to a mild aligner cleanser instead.

In fact, we’ve already created a complete guide to cleaning your Invisalign that you should check out.

12) You Can Whiten At the Same Time

“Straight” and “white” go together like peanut butter and jelly! Fortunately, you can whiten during your Invisalign treatment. You already have the trays in all day, so you can make them multitask for you by adding a whitening treatment. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

13) We Charge the Same As Traditional Braces

For most people, cost is a concern. Many assume that Invisalign, which they perceive as a superior or more “modern” treatment, is going to be more expensive. This is not the case! At Blue Ridge Orthodontics, we want you to make your decision on what best suits your needs, comfort level, and happiness. This is why we always charge the same for Invisalign as traditional metal braces.

Click here if you’d like to learn more about the financing options we offer for Invisalign.

14) You’ll Want More than One Toothbrush

We know, we know… we’ve talked a lot about brushing your teeth. However, it’s a huge part of your Invisalign treatment, so we recommend having spare toothbrushes everywhere: one in your car, one in your desk at work, one in your purse or bag, etc. It will be worth it!

15) You May Not Like Removing Your Aligners in Public

Your aligners fit snugly, so you may have a hard time popping them in and out―especially in the beginning. Also, you may fit that they come out with a bit of a saliva. All in all, most Invisalign patients find that they prefer taking their aligners out in a discreet place such as a restroom.

16) You are Never Too Old For Invisalign!

Sometimes patients wonder if it’s “worth it” or whether orthodontic treatment is just for teenagers. This could not be further from the truth! Invisalign is great for everyone from teenagers to those teens’ grandparents.

17) Take Ratings Into Account When Choosing

When it comes to your smile, you want the very best. Fortunately, Invisalign has made it easy to gauge every orthodontists level of expertise. Invisalign offers these designations: Preferred, Premier, Elite, and Top 1%.

  • Invisalign Preferred Provider: Minimum of 10 cases per year
  • Invisalign Premier Provider: Minimum of 50 cases total AND performs 25 cases every six months
  • Invisalign Elite Provider: Minimum of 300 cases total AND performs 50 cases every six months
  • Invisalign Top 1% Provider: Minimum of 800 cases total AND performs at least 200 cases per year

We are proud to be in the top 1%! Not only are we passionate about Invisalign, but we have had a lot of practice, too.

18) You Will Still Need to Wear a Retainer

Just because you’re done with Invisalign doesn’t mean you’re done with your treatment. Invisalign patients still need to wear a retainer post-treatment to make sure they keep their beautiful results for the long run.

19) We’ve Got Your Back!

Don’t be intimidated by the frequent toothbrushing, potential lisp, and the fact that you’ll need to drink your coffee more quickly. While it’s true that you will get out of your treatment what you put into it, you have an all-star team at your fingertips guiding you every step of the way. It will be worth it in the end, and our satisfied patients can attest to that.

20) Our Consultation is Free

Want to know more? There’s only so much you can learn from a blog post, so why not come in and chat with a 1% Invisalign provider? We are a friendly team and never put any pressure on anyone. (We save the “pressure” for moving teeth into perfect radiant smiles!)

For a free consultation, please fill out this form to schedule an appointment or fill out this one if you’d simply like to know more. Also, we have a similar post about braces if you discover that you’ll need them instead.

Effects From Braces – What’s Normal & What Isn’t

There is often a lot of talk here at BRO about all the fabulous benefits from orthodontic treatment, such as improved confidence and overall oral health, but what else can happen? Are there any risks or adverse effects when it comes to straightening your teeth with braces?

Woman with braces in North Carolina

While the chances of anything bad happening during treatment are very slim, there are always risks when it comes to dental or medical procedures. Complications can occur as a result of your dental treatment, but that’s not to say that all side effects are abnormal. We’ve compiled a guide to inform future and current patients of what effects from braces are totally standard and which aren’t.

Common Side Effects of Braces

Mild Discomfort

Some discomfort with braces is totally normal and should be expected. Since braces work by manually shifting your teeth into proper alignment, discomfort is an effect more often than not. This can be concentrated on your teeth or manifest as headaches, both of which are common. Over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen can help most people relieve whatever tension or pain they feel. If headaches or pains become much worse over time, do let your dentist know as it could be a sign of something else at work.

Irritation

Your mouth won’t be used to the wires and brackets that make up the braces you’re wearing, and it will take a while for your lips to adjust to the right position. During this time, it’s very likely that you will feel some mild irritation. Fortunately, plenty of products exist whose sole purpose is to reduce said irritation, orthodontic wax being the most popular. Place the wax over an entire section or single bracket in an area that’s bothering you and feel the immediate relief. If there’s a sharp wire that’s poking you or causing your mouth to bleed, talk to your orthodontist about it ASAP.

Jaw Pain

Jaw pain is a possible side effect of braces, especially if your treatment requires the realignment of your jaw. Over-the-counter pain medications may help manage this pain, depending on its severity. This may reoccur after every tightening, as well.

Difficulty Eating

Difficulty chewing and eating food is a big complaint that we receive, especially after a tightening. It’s times like those that our braces friendly diet is even more handy to have around. While it may be difficult to eat solid foods for a short time, this side effect will likely resolve itself quickly.

Unusual Effects from Braces

Now that we’ve covered the common side effects that a person can expect to experience during treatment, let’s consider some complications that could occur as a result of wearing braces. If you find yourself experiencing any of these, get in touch with your dentist or orthodontist to discuss what the cause is and what options are available to you.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay as a result of poor hygiene is possible with any set of teeth, but that’s especially true when it comes to teeth with braces on. It’s very important for all braces patients to thoroughly clean their teeth each and every day, meaning brushing twice and flossing at least once daily. If your tooth does start to decay rapidly, steps might have to be taken that will delay treatment.

Decalcification

Good dental hygiene practices are always important but especially so for patients in braces. Decalcification appears as white marks on the teeth and is just one side effect of poor hygiene. Cavities can also occur if food and plaque are not removed regularly. These issues are very preventable with regular, thorough brushing and flossing as well as a diet that is low in sugar.

Allergic Reactions

Some patients, though not many, can experience an allergic reaction to the latex rubber in the elastics used in braces or the metal. Known allergies should be communicated to our doctors clearly if you or a loved one are coming to us for treatment. Latex-free elastics and alternative metals are available to be used in situations such as these.

Root Resorption

Root resorption is the shortening of roots during the time that a person has braces on. This can be little more than a slight diminishing of the root tip that won’t result in any long-term oral health problems. Rarely, patients experience a shortening of at least half of the root, which could cause significant changes to their long-term health.

The exact cause is not yet known, but wearing braces beyond 2-3 years tends to increase the chances of it happening. Our office takes consistent x-rays to determine if any root resorption has occurred.

Ankylosis

Another rare condition that can have a large impact on a person’s health is Ankylosis or the fusion of the tooth root to the bone. Fused teeth will not be moved by braces, and all surrounding teeth will start to move around the ankylosed tooth, resulting in improper alignment. This complication is difficult to predict and may be identified through an x-ray and clinical examination if the situation calls for it.

Relapsed Teeth

Though not exactly a complication, the relapse or movement of teeth back to a previous position is a common consequence after braces have been removed. If patients don’t wear their retainers regularly, teeth can easily relapse, especially immediately after removal. You don’t want to waste all the time and money that you devoted to your beautiful new smile, so be sure to take care of it and wear your retainers.

Orthodontist in North Carolina shows how braces move the teeth

While the above side effects are possible, the much more likely situation is that you will end your experience with braces confident and happy with your new smile. If you have questions about braces and how they impact your teeth, feel free to talk to one of our dental professionals. We offer complimentary consultations to all new patients and those considering orthodontic work– click here to request an appointment. And we would be happy to discuss your options with you concerning braces, other kinds of orthodontic treatment styles, and financial solutions.

How to Keep Your Invisalign Clean This Halloween

You already know that we are big fans of Halloween here at BRO, but admittedly things can get sticky during this time of year if you have braces or Invisalign. As one of the top providers in North Carolina, we want to make sure our Invisalign patients can enjoy Halloween to the fullest.

Halloween Jack O Lanterns at BRO in Asheville

If you are straightening your teeth with Invisalign, here’s how you can indulge that sweet tooth without feeling guilty!

Invisalign Vs Traditional Metal Braces

For anyone who has a sweet tooth and has metal braces, Halloween might not be as fun as it once was. It’s understandable, because you simply can’t eat certain types of candy. Caramel, taffy and anything that is really sweet and sticky can cause significant problems once they get stuck inside the wires and brackets of your braces. The last thing you want to do on Halloween is schedule an emergency orthodontic appointment.

If you missed it last year, we created this Halloween guide for our braces patients in Western North Carolina.

Invisalign patients on the other hand will have a completely different Halloween experience! Since your Invisalign aligners can be removed, you can still eat any type of candy that you want. Just make sure that you carefully clean your teeth and floss before you put your Invisalign aligners back in place.

How to Protect Teeth & Your Invisalign During Halloween

Remember that Invisalign’s virtually invisible aligners straighten your teeth by applying pressure to gradually move them into proper alignment. This is a very precise process which is why we take a 3D scan of your mouth at the onset of your treatment. People love Invisalign because it produces incredible results without requiring a major adjustment to your everyday life. However, this convenience can also lead to issues, especially during special events like Halloween.

If a piece of candy or food is left lodged in your teeth, this can disrupt the alignment process. Remember that your tray is meant to fit seamlessly along your teeth. If you’re investing in your smile, you don’t want a lingering piece of candy to mess things up!

4 Halloween Hygiene Tips For Your Teeth

Here are some tips to follow if you plan on indulging in some Halloween sweets and treats on October 31st!

  1. If you plan on having some (or plenty of) candy, then our orthodontists recommend eating it during your usual meal times or shortly afterward. This gives your saliva a better opportunity to wash away the bacteria generated from the candy.
  2. Avoid snacking on candy throughout the day. Not only is this bad for your teeth, but remember that you need to wear your Invisalign trays for 20-22 hours a day. You shouldn’t be removing the trays numerous times throughout the day. Plus, you’ll then have to brush and floss after each candy. Not exactly a recipe for a productive day!
  3. Our orthodontists recommend staying away from candies like Jolly Ranchers that are going to stay in your mouth for an extended period of time. These candies are meant to dissolve in your mouth. That’s a problem because it generates bacteria and various acids that will coat your teeth. This is can lead to cavities and additional tooth decay.
  4. Wash that Halloween candy down with a refreshing glass of water. Remember that nasty bacteria we mentioned before? Water will help wash that away! We recommend that you thoroughly brush your teeth and wash out your mouth before replacing your Invisalign aligner.

If you want some additional tips on how to keep your Invisalign aligners clean, check this post out.

4 Reasons Invisalign Wearers Love Halloween

So now that you know how to keep your Invisalign clean this Halloween, we have an extra treat for you.

Invisalign patient dressed as Frankenstein for Halloween in Asheville

Here are 4 reasons that you should be excited to celebrate Halloween with your Invisalign:

  1. You have a legitimate reason to avoid overindulging in sweets. It may not be swimsuit season anymore, but there’s no reason to stop watching your waistline. As we mentioned before, you can still sample nearly all of your favorite candies with Invisalign, but you shouldn’t overindulge. We recommend having fun and avoiding the next day stomach ache!
  2. You can still have your favorite candies! Binge warning out of the way, we are pleased to tell you that your favorite types of candies (whether it be crunchy or sticky) are approved for our Invisalign patients in Western North Carolina. Just take care if you have a passion for jawbreakers!
  3. Be who you want to be on Halloween (except maybe a vampire! Let’s face it, those fake fangs just don’t work when you have orthodontic appliances of any kind in your mouth. That’s okay though, because Invisalign aligners won’t interfere with other classic Halloween costumes. Planning on being a scary witch, lumbering zombie or dazzling princess!
  4. Don’t feel self conscious about that Halloween selfie! We know you’re looking forward to getting that perfect Halloween post for your Instagram and you have no reason to cover your smile if you’re wearing Invisalign. Remember that they’re nearly invisible! By the way, we also have some tips for getting the perfect smile if you have braces too.

Happy Halloween from the BRO Team

Now that you know how to enjoy Halloween and keep your Invisalign clean, we hope you won’t have anything to be scared of… except maybe this ↓

via GIPHY

As always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Dr. Roberts, Dr. Schuler, Dr. Twomley, and all of us BROmies want your holiday to be awesome and worry-free. Happy Halloween from our family to yours!

20 Things You Should Know Before Getting Braces

So, you’ve found yourself curious of braces? Perhaps your teeth are a little crooked, or your daughters overbite needs some help. Whatever the reason, you’re not alone: over four million Americans are wearing braces at this very moment. But there are some things you should know about braces before you dive into the orthodontic deep end.

Girl excited about getter her new braces in Asheville

1) You may have a minor lisp

So you may have a minor lisp when you get your teeth straightened with braces. Why? When you attach metal brackets to the teeth, there’s almost no way that it won’t impact the way you speak. Please don’t worry if you find your speech impacted after getting braces from us in Asheville, you will get used to talking with the extra hardware in a short amount of time. This is a first step on the way to the straight teeth you’ve always wanted!

As a side note, you may want to consider Invisalign or Impressions if this is a major concern.

2) Don’t forget to bring lip balm

Lip balm is going to be crucial to your comfort during treatment. This is true even from the first day, when your orthodontist applies the brackets to your mouth. This process can take a couple hours, and there’s no way to moisten your lips while it takes place. You’d be wise to bring some nourishing lip balm with you to your appointment to avoid discomfort.

3) The application of the actual braces hurts

There really isn’t any way to sugar coat this: the application of braces doesn’t feel good. The process itself will take up to two hours to complete, and during that time the patient should expect to feel some pain and discomfort. Since you’re already out and will be at the office for a couple of hours, why not take off the rest of the afternoon to recover with a smoothie and some favorite movies?

4) There’s an uncomfortable feeling for the first few weeks

You’ve probably never had anything stuck to the front of your tooth before, and now there are two rows of brackets adhered to each chomper. It’s going to be an adjustment getting used to braces, but this will happen remarkably fast. In a matter of weeks, you won’t even remember what you looked like before you had braces on!

5) Flossing is a challenge

Flossing has never been the easiest activity一although it’s one of the most important一and braces don’t help. Most people who have braces find flossing to be nearly impossible. While that may be true, it doesn’t change the fact that cleaning your teeth is crucial to your health, with or without braces.

Some items that could help include flossing threaders, which help pull regular floss through the gap, or a water flosser, which uses a narrow stream of water to displace leftover food particles. While water flossers are easier to use with braces, most dentists don’t recommend them as a substitute to braces.

6) People of all ages have braces

You may not have noticed it before, but folks of all ages use braces to achieve the smile they’ve always wanted. Once you have braces on, you’ll realize just how many others are going through the same process that you are.

7) It won’t matter to a potential crush

People with braces have not always been painted in the best light by movies and TV shows, but reality is much better! So many of us have either had braces or currently have them that they’re now considered totally normal. That special person at school or work isn’t going to care if you have braces; they are going to love your smile!

8) Food will get stuck in your braces

This is a definite. Food will naturally get stuck in and around your braces. We recommend traveling with a braces care kit or anything that contains a spare toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and floss threaders. And parents: remember to pack something like this in your child’s backpack when they head back to school.

9) Tightening is essential but it can hurt

Tightening braces can hurt a bit, but the pain will soon fade and you will be one step closer to the smile that you’ve always wanted. This is obviously going to be different for everyone, but if you are someone who is considering braces, it’s important that you’re aware.

10) Your teeth will change a lot in the first month alone

Braces make quick work of reshaping the look of your teeth and smile. In just the first month alone, you should notice a much straighter set of pearly whites. Just imagine what they’ll look like after you get then taken off in Weste!

11) Braces will make your lips look little different

The hardware that comes standard with braces will push your lips out, making them look more pronounced. Please note that those same brackets may cut your lips on occasion, so we recommend keeping some wax at home.

12) You’ll be part of a special club

When you get braces, you’ll begin to recognize others who are going through the same thing, and you’ll undoubtedly bond over your shared style of treatment. The bond that’s created between you and another person with braces could turn into something to smile about years down the road!

13) Wax is a lifesaver

Orthodontic wax is usually applied to the brackets on your teeth to protect your lips from rubbing or abrasions, which will be a huge relief especially during the early months. Make sure that you talk to your dentist about the proper way to apply wax to your brackets and don’t forget to take wax off before you start eating a meal.

14) Food can get stuck for long periods of time

One of the most challenging parts of having braces is dealing with food and leftover food particles, even those items that are suggested as part of our Unbeatable Braces Friendly Diet. Unfortunately, it’s very common for a piece of food to be stuck in your braces for a long period of time only to become dislodged hours later. This isn’t particularly pleasant, and if you’re an adult in the workplace or worried about this phenomenon, be sure to bring a cleaning kit with you everywhere you go.

15) The time will fly by

This may be debatable, but for most patients, especially those that embrace the process and look forward to the outcome, the time they spend with braces on tends to fly by. While treatment can take anywhere from eight months to two years, most people get so accustomed to their braces that they are amazed when it’s already time to take them off.

16) They’re expensive, but it’s worth it

All orthodontic care tends to be expensive, and braces are no different. Some countries provide better coverage for expenses like braces than others, but most people will end up paying something out of pocket. Even though it requires some money, braces are definitely worth it in the end. The feelings of confidence and joy that you get as a result truly are priceless.

Our practice is proud to work with most insurance companies and offer financing options. Contact our offices for more information.

17) You may have setbacks

Setbacks are a natural part of life, and with braces it’s no different. Your orthodontist may only realize something specific to your case after treatment has been underway, and they could add a couple extra months to the length of time that you’ll be wearing braces. This shouldn’t be something you stress over一you know those brackets are coming off eventually!

18) Your bite is as important as straight teeth

Many people think of braces as just a device to straighten the alignment of your teeth, but they are also crucial to correcting your bite. Over or underbites are just as important to a perfect smile as the position of the individual teeth. This can add some time to treatment overall, but it will be worth it.

19) Smoothies will be your best friend

Smoothies are a braces-wearer’s best friend, especially in the early months of treatment or after a tightening. It would be smart to learn how to make a delicious, protein and nutrient rich smoothie, and every now and then, indulge in a chocolate milkshake for good measure.

20) Your smile is worth the investment

All the pain and discomfort that you endure during the period of treatment will absolutely disappear from your mind the moment that you get your braces off. There really is no comparison to the feeling of having a perfect smile, and braces will definitely give you something to smile about.

If you or someone you know is interested in getting braces, contact our office to set up an appointment. Our doctors are very familiar with braces and have been treating families in the Asheville area for many years. If you are interested in Invisalign instead, then we recommend reading this next.

BRO Celebrates Library Card Sign-Up Month in NC

Why do we love libraries? Even though the internet has changed how many of us approach information gathering and research, there’s something special about spending time in a great library. Surrounded by the smell of old books, it can be easy to spend hours curled up with a good book deep in those stacks. In order to honor these amazing institutions, we are going to be celebrating National Library Card Sign-up Month this September!

For the staff at Blue Ridge Orthodontics, our goal is to encourage everyone in Western North Carolina who doesn’t have a library card to sign up for one this month.

During the whole month of September, anyone who brings a library card (new or old) to a new patient appointment will get $300 off comprehensive treatment or Impressions – the new Blue Ridge Orthodontics’ at-home system that costs 50% less and takes about half the time of traditional treatment.

In addition, we will buy a book for a library in Asheville, Hendersonville or Brevard for every person who brings a local library card to an appointment.

What Do Beautiful Smiles & Library Books Have in Common?

So why is an orthodontist practice running a library card special? At BRO, we value life-long learning, and recent research has shown that improving your smile and reading books can lead to greater confidence and more positivity in your everyday life. Studies also indicate that more young people are finding their way into the library, and we want to do our part to encourage this trend in Western North Carolina.

Visual learner? This infographic should illustrate our point even more clearly:

BRO graphic created for National Library Card Sign Up Month event

“What’s the connection between a straighter smile and reading? Research shows that improving your smile and reading books both make us feel better and more positive,” says Dr. Luke Roberts, Impressions and Blue Ridge Orthodontics’ founder. “So we’re excited to encourage more reading in our community during National Library Card Sign-up Month – and to contribute to our great Asheville, Hendersonville and Brevard libraries.”

Why Should You Read Books?

Would you call yourself a regular reader? Hopefully you do, because studies show that regular readers receive a significant number of benefits. Reading books on a regular basis can lead to:

  • Improved writing skills
  • Increased empathy
  • Added knowledge and information
  • Improved focus and concentration
  • Increased creativity
  • Enriched language and vocabulary

Why Should You Straighten Your Teeth?

Now that we have Impressions, it really has never been easier (or more affordable) to get the smile you have always wanted! We may be a bit biased, but straight teeth can lead to:

  • Improved confidence
  • Corrected speech impediments
  • Improved digestion
  • Decreased tooth decay and gum disease
  • Better breath
  • Stronger teeth

As we mentioned before, both reading and straight teeth produce some similar benefits that we want to highlight this month – those being a greater sense of well-being and a positive attitude.

Who wouldn’t like to feel that?

Conclusion

National Library Card Sign-up Month is a special event, and our goal is to encourage more people in Asheville, Hendersonville and Brevard to visit their local library. These institutions deserve our support – and you may be pleasantly surprised if it has been a while since you visited one.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for regular updates throughout the month. If you have any questions about BRO’s library card special, then please don’t hesitate to ask us a question using our online chat or at 828-585-6045.

Parent’s Guide to Going Back to School with Braces

It’s the time of year that all parents look forward to (and their kids secretly do too)一school has started once more! The beginning of a new school year can mean a lot to families in the Asheville area: new teachers to meet, new friends to make, and life will return to its normal schedule.

Though the transition can be difficult at times, one thing that never makes it easier is dealing with braces for the first time. Orthodontists see a lot of new patients over the summer months, and plenty of kids will welcome the school year with a fresh set of hardware on their teeth.

Child with braces goes back to school in Western North Carolina

As a leading provider of braces in Western North Carolina, we get plenty of questions from concerned parents wondering what they can do to ensure their kids take proper care of their teeth and braces during the school year, so we’ve compiled a guide. This is the ultimate breakdown for surviving the back to school season with braces.

Eat Carefully

The braces-friendly diet is crucial to keeping braces intact. Most orthodontists will go over the right and wrong foods to eat with braces when your child first gets them put on, but it’s important to revisit those lists again. To set your child up for success, consider packing their lunch to ensure they only eat foods that are braces-friendly. Cafeteria lunch options can often cause issues for kids and endanger their gear.

Any crunchy or hard foods like nuts, trail mix, carrots and chips are a no-go for patients with braces. Remind your children of this before they head back to school so they’ll stay away from snacks containing these items. The same goes for gum and candy.

Bite-sized foods are best for those with braces. When packing your child’s lunch, be sure to break apart or cut up their food into smaller portions.

Foods that Work

There are tons of foods that are fine for patients with braces to enjoy. Some highly recommended options include:

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Mousse
  • Pudding
  • Yoghurt
  • Soft meats and cheeses
  • Meatloaf
  • Eggs
  • Seafood
  • Rice
  • Casserole
  • Quiche
  • Soft fruits
  • Steamed vegetables
  • Pancakes
  • Pasta
  • Ravioli
  • Smoothies
  • Ice cream

Foods to Avoid

Other foods that are not good for braces include:

  • Raw vegetables
  • Italian bread
  • Thin crust pizza
  • Whole apples
  • Hard candy
  • Pretzels
  • Meat on the bone
  • Peanut butter
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Granola bars
  • Caramel
  • Gum

Remember to adhere to the above lists, but also try and keep your child’s diet healthy. A balanced diet can be very beneficial to the overall health of your mouth. An option to keep meals nutritious is to take items on the list to avoid and steam or cook them into safer, smaller, more manageable servings.

Resources for Meal Prep

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There are a number of good books and resources available to assist with preparing meals for braces. These items are filled with recipe ideas to keep your child’s braces safe and secure, while also keeping their stomachs full. They include:

  • The Tender Teeth Cookbook
  • The Braces Cookbook
  • Super Healthy Kids (This website designs meal plans for you)

Bring a Care Kit

After your child has eaten their lunch packed full of braces-friendly foods, there will come a time when they must go the extra step to ensure the health of their teeth. That means brushing their teeth in the school bathroom, which isn’t exactly appealing.

With braces, and even without, teeth need to be cleaned after each meal. This is especially important for kids to understand during the school year, as they’ll be tempted to slack on their responsibilities. Make this action more enticing by packing a Braces Care Kit for them to take to school with them always.

This kit should include:

  • A toothbrush
  • Floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Extra elastics
  • Dental wax
  • A small mirror

Be sure to talk with your dentist about this crucial step before going back to school. They may be able to recommend some more inconspicuous options for patients who get nervous at the idea of brushing at school.

Stay Hydrated

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Have your kids hop on the trend of bringing their own bottle of water with them everywhere they go. Not only is it better for preserving the beauty of our planet, it’s also good for them to get in the habit of drinking tons of water. Water intake can rinse food from wires and brackets, keeping their teeth and mouth clean. Soda might be tasty, but it can leave behind nasty residue and cause cavities.

Protect Your Mouth

This is an important reminder for all braces patients out there. Though gym class and sports after school are very important to boost health and keep kids active, they are also a hotbed for orthodontic accidents. To truly protect their mouth, have your kids wear a mouthguard to prevent impact or injury.

Mouthguards are designed to cushion a blow and prevent breakage or lacerations of the teeth and mouth. An injury with braces can not only damage the hardware, it can seriously cut up a person’s lips. Several kinds of mouthguards are available in lots of colors, including custom-made mouthguards and boil-and-bite ones. Talk to your orthodontist about how to get a special orthodontic mouthguard to fit over both teeth and braces.

Em-Brace Safety

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Safety is a huge part of any parent’s life. Young kids should always be reminded of the best practices to keep them safe, and that goes double for kids with braces. They shouldn’t go running around in or near puddles of water, and diving head first into a pool is never a good idea. Remind them to wear helmets when riding on bikes or skateboards, or any other sport that may carry the threat of a head injury.

Keeping your children safe and safeguarding the investment of their braces can be easy as long as you remember to embrace simple rules of safety. Talk to your kids often about the best ways they can take care of themselves, as well as the importance of treating their braces with respect.

Conclusion

Braces can be tricky, but surviving the start of the school year doesn’t have to be. Remember these tips and tricks and you’ll make life a lot easier on you and your family.

Kids can be a little self-conscious, especially when it comes to having braces. Show them how to love themselves no matter what and remind them that their dream smile is only a couple of months away!

If you have any questions regarding braces or wish to speak to one of our doctors, schedule a complimentary consultation. We are proud to offer orthodontic support and services to many people in the Asheville area.

BRO’s Unbeatable Braces Friendly Diet: It’s Healthy & Fun

If you or your child just gotten braces for the very first time, one thing we’d like to share with you is our braces friendly diet plan!

Foods that are included in the braces friendly diet

While the benefits of a perfect smile will pay dividends for years to come, many overlook the changes they’ll be facing over the course of their treatment. How do you brush around a wire system that covers most of your teeth? What about flossing?

Even more pressing than either of those questions is, what can a person eat when they have braces?

Fortunately, our orthodontic team has all the answers and we’ve developed our own braces friendly diet. While braces come with specific dietary restrictions, especially during the holidays, and it might include some of your favorite foods. But please don’t worry! The purpose of this post is to explain your dietary options and show you how to keep dinner fun and delicious without risking the investment you’ve made in your oral health.

Foods to Avoid on Our Braces Friendly Diet

First, let’s start with a list of foods that you should avoid if you have braces. This is not only to protect the braces, but also to ensure comfort for the person wearing them.

The below foods all have a high risk of getting lodged or stuck in between brackets, teeth, or wires, and can loosen or damage braces in some instances. You probably don’t want to make an emergency trip to one of our orthodontic offices in Western North Carolina if you don’t have to.

Foods that are off limits:

  • Hard candies and nuts
  • Hard vegetables (like corn on the cob or carrots)
  • Popcorn
  • Peanut butter
  • Corn Chips
  • Hard shell tacos
  • Pretzels
  • Pizza crust
  • Gum, caramel, taffy, or other similar substances
  • High acid foods like limes, lemons, or soda, which can cause discoloration

An easy way to remember what not to eat is to avoid foods that are crunchy, chewy, sticky, or gooey!

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Now, while the above foods should be avoided, there are also some items that anyone with braces should be extremely cautious with but may consume. For parents, this mostly means ensuring that the below foods have been cut up into small, bite-sized pieces before serving them to your child.

Foods to be careful of:

  • Raw veggies, which should be cut up into small pieces and chewed with teeth in the back of the mouth
  • Burgers
  • Chips
  • Hard breads, like bagels or French breads
  • Sandwiches
  • Certain fruits, especially apples and pears. They should always be cut up first before being consumed

Foods That Are Braces-Friendly

Now that you’re familiar with the kinds of foods that our orthodontists don’t include in BRO’s braces friendly diet, let’s discuss what foods get a thumbs up!

Your Braces Meal Plan for the First Week

When you first get braces, it may be a good idea to stick to foods that are very soft just to get used to how eating feels with your braces on. Don’t worry parents, there are more options than just ice cream to nourish your kids during this trial period.

Smoothies

One of the best go-to’s for anyone in a situation that impedes their ability to eat normally is smoothies packed with nutritious fruits and vegetables, and the same is true for those wearing braces. Smoothies can be made in a thousand different ways, so you’re not likely to get bored eating them, plus they taste great. What’s already become a morning staple for on-the-go office types can also be the braces breakfast of champions!

Soup

This may seem obvious, but everyone who’s gone through the braces diet dilemma realizes just how valuable soup is by the end of it. Like smoothies, soups can be incredibly versatile and include a number of hearty vegetables. A good tomato basil soup for lunch will keep you full and won’t harm the structure of your braces.

Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes

Not only is this dish filling and nutritious (especially if you use sweet potatoes), but it also makes for the ideal dinner on the braces diet. Everything is soft and easy to eat, which will be crucial for the first couple of nights.

Regular Diet Moving Forward

Once you or your child has gotten acclimated to the feeling of eating with braces on, you may start to expand your diet as long as you stop at the list of foods mentioned at the top of the post. One of the most important things for a person to learn while they have braces on is to do the vast majority of their chewing at the back of their teeth.

To make this easier, encourage your child to cut up their food into small bites prior to the start of their meal, or do so for them. This will keep them from having to tear things apart with the front of their teeth and possibly damaging their braces in the process.

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So what kind of food is essential to the braces diet? Below, we’ve broken it up by meal.

Breakfast

To start the day off right, especially before work or school, you’ll want to load up on nutrients and protein. Our suggestions for good breakfast foods are:

  • Smoothies made of fruits, yogurt, and other additives
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Soft egg and cheese casserole with zucchini and tomato
  • Oatmeal made with milk and including cinnamon, mashed bananas, or mashed pears
  • Yoghurt with mashed fruit on top and crispy rice cereal at the bottom

Lunch

Lunch can be tricky, especially if your child goes to a school that provides lunches to their students. Just reiterate to them the importance of cutting everything up into bite-sized pieces before eating them and chewing with their back teeth. If you are packing a lunch for yourself or your child, consider these options:

  • Soup
  • Chili
  • Pasta salad with tomatoes and peeled cucumbers
  • Tuna salad on soft bread
  • Mac n cheese
  • Fish
  • Tofu scramble

Dinner

Perhaps the hardest meal to plan for, especially with families, is dinner. Since you will be eating at home and won’t be pressed for time, most items should be okay, as long as they have been cut into small pieces. Some easy and braces-friendly options for dinner include:

  • Ravioli and other noodle dishes
  • Soup and salad
  • Mac n cheese
  • Fish and steamed veggies
  • Spaghetti and ground beef
  • Loaded baked potatoes
  • Meatloaf and mashed potatoes
  • Grilled tofu
  • Soft cooked beans and rice, as well as guacamole and tortillas

Snacks

For those who work long hours, exercise regularly, or have children in school, snacks are a crucial part of their daytime eating routine. Unfortunately, braces make consuming most standby snack food impossible (including dried fruit, pretzels, nuts, and hard vegetables like carrots). There are some foods, however, that make a killer snack and satisfy the braces diet requirements.

  • Bananas
  • Applesauce
  • Yogurt
  • Jello
  • Clementine oranges
  • Raspberries and other soft fruits
  • Soft cheese

Conclusion

Though braces can certainly present their own set of challenges, eating and cooking around them doesn’t have to be one. If you stick to the above diet and foods similar to it, you will find that eating with braces is much easier than you anticipated. Your treatment will fly by without any issues, and you’ll have a brighter, straighter smile before you know it. And don’t forget to indulge in a little ice cream!

Have any questions about braces and other orthodontic treatment options that we didn’t answer above? Get in touch with us or schedule an appointment to come by and consult with one of our doctors at no charge to you.

Blue Braces: How To Pick the Right Colors for Your Braces

So you’ve decided to take the look and feel of your smile into your own hands and straighten your teeth? Awesome! First off, we’d like to take a second and congratulate you on this decision一it truly is a huge step in self-improvement and will change your life for the better in so many ways.

Now that you’ve decided to go ahead with treatment, you’ll have a couple of choices to make.

Woman who has gotten blue colored braces in Western North Carolina

One of the more fun decisions in your smile journey is choosing what color you’d like to accessorize your braces. After all, most patients will spend a minimum of 18 months with braces on their teeth, so choosing the right color is a pretty important task.

Don’t feel like you’re getting pressured into a big commitment, however; your orthodontist can change the colors of your braces during each visit, which usually takes place every 4-6 weeks. So how exactly do braces get their flare?

How Braces Get Their Colors

Think of a mouthful of braces almost like a machine, with many parts that are working simultaneously to improve the look and shape of your smile. There are the brackets, archway, metal bands, and the bands made of rubber that go around each bracket, otherwise known as elastics. It’s through the use of colorful elastics that patients get to accessorize their smile.

Some may choose to use ceramic brackets to minimize the visibility of their braces. While ceramics do a great job of blending into your teeth, they don’t allow for a lot of creative expression.

With typical steel braces, not only is the bracket slightly more durable, you as the patient can choose the colors that you want to decorate your mouth. Different elastic bands allow you to colorize your teeth in different styles. Get as creative as you’d like with it! And because the bands are changed during each visit to the orthodontist’s office, you won’t have to settle for just one look. Change your style every 4-6 weeks to stay seasonally-appropriate throughout the year!

What Colors Are Best and Which Should You Avoid?

The decision of what color to choose is largely dependent on personal preference. Most patients go with their favorite colors, or choose something to coordinate with an outfit. Some might go the festive route and rock colors that match an upcoming holiday. The options are endless, but there are a handful of colors that prove themselves a better companion to most smiles.

Dark colors, like the deep blue of BRO’s logo (hint, hint), often make teeth appear whiter by comparison. With lighter colors like white or gold, teeth can look more yellow because they accentuate the natural yellowish tint inside your enamel. Unless you’re repping for a school team, it’s probably best to avoid any yellow or gold.

Things to Consider when Choosing a Color

Here are a couple of tips to remember when choosing a color to ensure it maximizes the look of your smile:

  • White braces seem great but can discolor quickly from drinking and eating certain foods. They are especially susceptible to stains, and may also make your teeth appear yellow by comparison.
  • Darker colors, like a deep purple or BRO blue, make smiles appear whiter because of the contrast with your teeth.
  • Dark green and dark brown are often avoided because they may resemble food that’s gotten stuck in your teeth.
  • Gold and yellow will bring out the natural yellow inside your enamel, making them appear more dingy than they actually are.
  • Not everyone’s teeth are the same, so be sure to talk with your doctor about the shade of your teeth when you’re trying to decide on a color.

Colors to Make Your Teeth Look Whiter

By now, we all know that dark colors are best when you want to make your teeth look whiter, but what about bright colors like pink and red? While they may not directly affect the whiteness of your teeth, they often compliment a tan, which usually makes your teeth look brighter as well. And don’t just think that you have to match a bruise to make your teeth shine一cool tones like light blue and silver work wonders for the perceived whiteness of teeth.

No matter the color that you choose, the best way to keep your teeth looking bright is to brush and floss regularly throughout treatment. Though it can be difficult and time-consuming to care for your teeth while your braces are on, your smile will thank you for all the hard work!

Can I Mix and Match?

One of the best ways to keep your colors looking fresh and flattering is to mix and match the bands that you use throughout the course of your treatment. Color block the top and bottom rows of your braces so that they are complimentary but unique, or choose a funky pattern to switch up the look that you’ve got for a couple of weeks. Got a favorite holiday? Go red and green for Christmas, or blue and silver to celebrate Hanukkah. With the assortment of colors currently available to most orthodontists, the sky is truly the limit when it comes to what you can do to accessorize your style.

Matching Your Skin Tone and Facial Features

Another way to guide the decision of which colors you’d like to use is to match them with your skin tone and features. Finding complimentary colors is not hard to do. For those with darker hair and complexions, colors like teal, blue, green, pink, silver and light green look best. For patients with lighter features, dark blue, light blue, shades of green and orange are the best bet.

What About Invisalign?

What if you don’t want to bother with any of this and instead are seeking the most discreet option possible? One of the best parts about practicing orthodontics today is the wide range of possibilities that are available to potential clients. For those of you who want to straighten your smile but don’t like the look of metal braces, why not consider Invisalign?

It’s a system that uses clear aligners to gradually move teeth over the course of many months, but that’s not the only alternative available today. For mild to moderate cases of orthodontic correction, there’s Impressions. This proprietary technique developed by our own Dr. Luke Roberts uses the same clear plastic aligners as Invisalign but does not require the same amount of in-office visits. Find out if you’re a candidate here.

Conclusion

No matter the colors you land on, remember that the upkeep and maintenance of your oral health is just as important during treatment. It’s recommended that you brush and floss regularly, and avoid certain foods like bone-in meat and whole apples.

If you are looking to begin orthodontic treatment but don’t yet know which option is right for you, contact our office to schedule a complimentary consultation. Our practice is equipped to offer every orthodontic option available, and our knowledgeable staff will talk you through the benefits and drawbacks of each to find out which one is best for you. Blue Ridge Orthodontics is passionate about improving the look and quality of every smile, and we look forward to welcoming new clients into the BRO family.

Invisalign: What’s The Total Cost & Financing Options in WNC

Imagine achieving the smile that you’ve been dreaming of without ever having to sacrifice comfort or confidence. Who wouldn’t want a treatment like that?

When Invisalign first came on the scene, it sent ripples throughout the orthodontic community. Invisible aligners were (and are) the future of orthodontic treatment. Patients were eager to hear more from their dentists and orthodontists, but the first question out of their mouths was almost always, “How much do they cost?”

After learning what Invisalign costs, woman gets her first aligner tray in Asheville

Though Invisalign continues to develop and grow its technology, the question remains the same. The short answer is that there is no one answer. Invisalign is like any other kind of treatment一the final cost will depend heavily on a number of different factors, including the severity of that patient’s situation, location of the office, and insurance coverage.

Recently, a member of our team was speaking with a consultation. During the consultation, questions about the price of Invisalign came up. Below is the break down that was provided during the consultation of all the costs associated with Invisalign, as well as the ways that you can save some extra cash.

For those that are interested in an at-home alternative to Invisalign, we’ve also provided some info about Impressions invisible aligners, which was developed by Dr. Luke Roberts.

How Much Does Invisalign Cost Compared to Braces?

Invisalign aligner sent to a patient in Hendersonville, NCThis is one of the questions that we get a lot at BRO. While most practices charge a comparable price for Invisalign compared to braces, BRO offers both treatments for the same price. Why? Because we didn’t want patients to make this decision based solely on price.

The overall cost of treatment is usually higher in places like New York and Los Angeles because practices have higher overhead due to things like rent, taxes, equipment, etc, so you can plan on spending a little more if you come visit BRO in Asheville.

Some newer providers will offer a discount on Invisalign to attract patients, but they may lack the expertise to treat more advanced cases with clear aligners. BRO is among the top 1% of Invisalign providers in North America, which means that you know you’ll be in the best hands possible when receiving treatment.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?

Great news to anyone out there with dental insurance (and those who are still on their parent’s plan hint, hint): most policies now cover Invisalign, so you’re eligible to save even more on the cost of this treatment. We’ll verify any possible insurance benefits when you come in for your initial consultation, which is complimentary. That way you’ll know exactly what you have to pay before treatment even begins.

We work with all dental insurance providers, so feel free to come to us with your information to see if you could save some extra money. Chances are you or your employer are already paying for this policy, why not take advantage of the benefits it offers?

Does BRO Offer Payment & Financing Options for Invisalign?

Great question! At BRO, we offer flexible in-house financing and down-payment options that aim to work with all income levels. Our staff will find a payment plan that fits you or your family’s needs. Some plans work by putting money down and following up with monthly payments, while others include zero down payment and no interest over time. Discounts may also be available if multiple family members get their smiles changed here at BRO.

Our treatment coordinator will go over your options and develop a plan during your initial consultation. BRO accepts all major credit cards and offers third-party financing through Care Credit.

What Does “Severity of the Patient’s Situation” Mean?

It might sound complicated, but it’s actually very straightforward. While Invisalign has been developed to treat a number of different cases, each with their own set of individual needs, the more complex cases usually require more time, which will often result in a higher cost of treatment.

Some cases can be treated in just three months while others may take three years, and the cost will proportionately reflect that difference in duration. More time=more aligners and more visits to the orthodontist office (by the way, have you visited our new orthodontic office in Asheville? It’s gorgeous!)

Another factor that can affect the success of Invisalign treatment is the patient’s ability to follow their doctor’s treatment plan. While it’s tempting to leave trays out longer than prescribed, don’t do it! This will result in it taking longer to straighten your teeth. Each doctor makes their recommendations for a reason, but if a patient doesn’t follow along, treatment can begin to lag.

Have You Heard About Impressions Yet?

BRO is very excited to share their own at-home treatment method called Impressions, which is an alternative to Invisalign for half the cost.

Impressions box arrives at patient's door in Asheville

If you are looking to correct mild to moderate orthodontic issues, Impressions’ aligners may be just the right fit! Invisalign requires regular visits to the orthodontist, but Impressions is an at-home option for orthodontic care. Plus, most patients who used Impressions only had to do so for nine months on average! Cutting back on visits and overall time of treatment brings the costs way down.

How Much Do Impressions Invisible Aligners Cost?

At the end of the day, most prospective patients want to hear the numbers, so here they are. On average, Invisalign costs around $6,800 with insurance benefits covering $500-$1,500. Impressions usually costs $3,500, with insurance still taking $500-$1,500 off the total price. A comparison of Invisalign and Impressions is available in beautiful infographic form here.

Conclusion

If you’d like to know how much Invisalign costs, you should visit us in Asheville, Hendersonville or Brevard. The first consultation is complimentary and there’s nothing to lose. Here’s what you can expect.

Each case is unique, so don’t be scared off by the numbers above. Your perfect smile may be more affordable than you think. Schedule an appointment or call us for more information.