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Gentle Dental of St. Clair Shores
26210 Harper Avenue, Suite 100, St. Clair Shores, MI 48081

If you’re hiding your smile due to crowding, spacing or bite issues, you’re not alone — millions of Americans struggle with orthodontic issues. Fortunately, braces in St. Clair Shores can help you reclaim your stunning smile.

The benefits of getting braces are more than cosmetic; straight teeth are less prone to gum disease and decay. Plus, even, healthy teeth are easier to brush and floss.

Our affordable braces are available in multiple styles to suit your needs and budget. If you’ve been wondering what changes are possible with orthodontics, contact our office. We’re here to help you achieve a smile that makes you proud, call our St. Clair Shores dental office to schedule your appointment today.

Where Can I Get Braces?

When faced with misaligned teeth, you may wonder, “Is there a dentist near me that does braces?” At our practice, our experienced dentists have helped patients of all ages correct their orthodontic issues and enjoy the benefits of an aligned smile. We’re here to answer your questions and ensure you feel comfortable throughout the process from start to finish. Give us a call to schedule a consultation today.

Putting on Braces for the First Time

It’s common to feel nervous when undergoing orthodontic procedures. Fortunately, understanding the process can help ease any anxiety. Putting on the brackets and wire usually takes a few simple steps: First, the dentist cleans and dries your teeth to prepare them for a bonding agent, which holds the brackets in place. Once the brackets are attached to the teeth, the archwire is added and secured with rubber bands. This process is painless and generally is completed in one visit. As your teeth shift, you’ll return to our office for regular checkups.

What Types of Dental Braces Are There?

Our affordable braces in St. Clair Shores are available in multiple styles to meet your needs and budget, from traditional metal braces to clear aligners. During your visit, our dentist will help you determine what type best suits your lifestyle. For example, many patients with complex dental issues may choose the metal variety. Metal appliances are often less costly than ceramic braces, which are made using tooth-colored materials.

Invisible braces are another option for treating moderate bite, spacing or crowding issues. These clear aligners are worn over the teeth and can be completely removed, making them a great option for busy adults and teens. As your treatment progresses, you’ll switch to a new pair of trays every one to two weeks.

Call us now to find out what style of braces is right for you.

Is It Possible to Have Straighter Teeth While on a Budget?

Many patients say that cost is a major consideration when thinking about orthodontic treatment. Straightening your teeth can be a significant investment, so it’s important to understand your options. When you’re wondering, “How much do braces cost?”, give our office a call. We’re here to explain your financial choices and help you find a solution that meets your needs.

Multiple factors come into play when determining the cost of orthodontics, including your insurance, where you live and how many follow-up appointments are required throughout your treatment. In many cases, flexible financing arrangements are available that can help patients manage their out-of-pocket costs. These payment agreements can be used to manage expenses not covered by insurance or by patients without dental insurance. Contact us to find out more.

How Long Do Braces Take?

Getting the bracket-and-wire system usually takes between one and two hours and only requires one dental office visit. Many patients report some soreness after having the appliance attached to the teeth. This is normal and should subside in about a week. If the pain persists or becomes severe, contact our office. You may need to be evaluated by our dentist.

We know that most patients want to see results quickly, but we also want your teeth to remain as healthy as possible throughout the process. It’s important to maintain good oral hygiene during orthodontic care by scheduling regular dental visits. Plus, our dentist will monitor your progress as your teeth move to the desired location.

Generally, patients complete treatment in less than two years. Get started on the road to a straighter smile by contacting us today.

Do I Have to Wear a Retainer After Braces?

When it’s time to remove your appliance, the braces dentist will use a special pair of pliers to detach the brackets from each tooth. Then, the wire is removed and you’ll be able to begin enjoying the advantages of a healthier, straighter smile.

Most patients are eager to get their braces removed, but maintaining your smile after treatment may require an additional appliance. Custom-fitted to your teeth, retainers preserve your results and prevent shifting from occurring. Retainers are usually worn overnight for several years post-treatment. Please call us if you have questions about life post-braces.

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Traditional Michigan (MI) Medicaid plans not accepted:

Michigan (MI) Medicaid is accepted for patients 18 and under.

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  • Monday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Alternating Saturdays* 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM


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    9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday
    8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Thursday
    8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday
    9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Alternating Saturdays
    9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

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26210 Harper Avenue, Suite 100, St. Clair Shores, MI 48081

(248) 850-1809