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Braces in Fresno and Clovis, CA
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Braces in Clovis, CA

A Straight Smile is a Healthy Smile

Children, teens, and adults can all benefit from braces, which is one of our most popular treatments at Nalchajian Orthodontics. Braces address many orthodontic issues and help you achieve a straighter, more confident smile.

Dr. Greg Nalchajian and Dr. Nicole Nalchajian offer a variety of orthodontic treatments to address your dental needs. During your first visit, we will talk about your goals for treatment and create a custom care plan. Contact our office in Clovis, CA, today to see if braces are right for you or your child.

How Do Braces Work?

By putting pressure on the teeth, brackets and wires move teeth into their correct positions, resulting in a straight smile. As teeth shift to accommodate the force being placed on them, braces will need to be adjusted to continue placing new pressure on the teeth until the final results are achieved.

The brackets are bonded to the tooth and connected to the horseshoe-shaped arch wire. This wire runs across the entire upper and/or lower arch and through each bracket. Ligature elastics fit around each bracket and hold the arch wire in place.

Thanks to advancements in orthodontic technology, braces are more comfortable and customizable today than ever before. Many patients wear braces to straighten teeth because of their versatility, affordability, and effectiveness.

What to Expect at Braces Appointments

After your orthodontist puts your braces on, you will return to our office about every 4 to 8 weeks for a checkup. During these checkup visits, we will tighten your braces and make sure your treatment is going according to plan. It is not uncommon to experience a minimal degree of discomfort after a braces adjustment. Many patients forget they’re even wearing braces after they get used to the way they feel in their mouth.

Ligature elastics that fit around the brackets come in a variety of colors. During each adjustment appointment, you can change the color of your elastics to customize the look of your braces.

Types of Braces

At Nalchajian Orthodontics, we offer several types of braces to choose from. Dr. Greg and Dr. Nicole will go over your options with you and help you choose the right type of braces for your treatment.

  • Traditional metal braces are metal brackets made out of stainless steel and are bonded to the front surfaces of the teeth.
  • Ceramic braces are made out of a tooth-colored material. Because they closely resemble the color of teeth, they are a popular choice for patients who want their braces to be less noticeable. They often require extra care to keep clean and are often only placed on the upper front teeth.

Life With Braces

Braces in Fresno and Clovis, CA

By making a few small adjustments to your day-to-day routine, you can ensure that your new appliances feel comfortable, stay clean, and create a smile that shines for years to come!

Eating With Braces 

You can enjoy many of your favorite snacks with braces. However, you should avoid certain foods that could damage your appliances.

Foods to Avoid with Braces

  • Bagels
  • Licorice
  • Beef jerky
  • Popcorn
  • Chips
  • Ice
  • Caramel
  • Chewing gum
  • Nuts
  • Hard candies
  • Corn on the cob
  • Whole apples
  • Carrots

Foods You Can Eat with Braces

  • Soft cheese
  • Pudding
  • Milk-based drinks
  • Soft tortillas
  • Pancakes
  • Nut-free muffins
  • Pasta
  • Soft-cooked rice
  • Soft-cooked chicken
  • Meatballs
  • Lunch meats
  • Tuna
  • Salmon
  • Crab cakes
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Steamed vegetables
  • Beans
  • Applesauce
  • Bananas
  • Nut-free ice cream
  • Milkshakes
  • Jell-O®
  • Soft cake

Soreness From Braces and Appliances

If your mouth feels sore after your braces are tightened, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as ibuprofen. Soreness will only last a few days. After we put your braces on, it may take a few weeks to get used to the way they feel. The brackets and wires may irritate your lips, cheeks, and tongue, but you can apply orthodontic wax to reduce tenderness.

If your teeth feel loose, this is a normal and necessary part of tooth movement. After your braces are taken off, your teeth will no longer feel loose.

Loose Wires and Bands

If wires or bands become loose, give our office a call so we can repair your braces if necessary. In the meantime, you can use the back of a spoon or a pencil eraser to push the wire back into position. You can also place dental wax or a cotton ball soaked in water over the bracket or wire that is causing irritation. If any part of your braces breaks or falls off, be sure to bring all the pieces with you to your appointment.

Caring for Your Appliances

Follow your orthodontist’s instructions on how to care for your oral appliances. Dr. Greg or Dr. Nicole will instruct you on how to use and clean your bands, retainer, or other devices.

Playing Sports With Braces

We recommend wearing a mouth guard when playing sports. Mouth guards protect your teeth and your braces from damage. If you notice a broken or loose bracket or wire while playing sports or any other activity, contact our office as soon as you can.

Maintaining Good Oral Hygiene

Practicing good oral hygiene habits is essential while wearing braces. If plaque builds up around your brackets, decalcification can occur, which results in stains on your teeth. Be sure to brush your teeth and clean your appliances as directed to have a straight and healthy smile at the end of your treatment.

Braces in Clovis, CA

If you think it’s time for you or your child to start wearing braces, we invite you to give our office a call. Having a straight smile will promote positive long-term oral health and help you or your child feel confident about having beautifully aligned teeth. Contact Nalchajian Orthodontics in Clovis, CA, today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Greg and Dr. Nicole will design a personalized treatment plan based on your or your child’s orthodontic needs.

Hear From Braces Patients

These patients can tell you about their firsthand experience undergoing braces at our office.

Reviews From Our Braces Patients

Ionemarie got braces in Fresno, CA
Ionemarie Reviews Her Braces Procedure

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"I came to Nalchajian Orthodontics because I had an overbite, and I needed braces. Before the treatment, I was a little nervous, and I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. The staff made me feel welcome, and they helped calm my nerves. Dr. Greg always made me laugh. Dr. Nicole was very kind, and she would always tell me that my smile looked nice. The treatment was actually easier than I expected it to be. I feel very happy with my smile. When I walk up to someone, I always, like, smile very big because it just feels good now. For anybody in Reedley who is looking for a great orthodontist, I recommend Nalchajian Orthodontics."

Yolanda's child got braces in Clovis, CA
Yolanda Reviews Her Braces Procedure

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"All three of my children have come here to get braces. They were in need of good orthodontic care. The staff is very friendly. They are very gentle, very kind, and they are very welcoming. Dr. Greg and Dr. Nicole are both very professional. They always male my children feel very relaxed, and I do see that they take much better care of their teeth now, especially that they've been under treatment. They are eager to come in and get everything done that they need, and the experience is always great overall. I highly recommend Nalchajian Orthodontics."

Tyler got braces in Clovis, CA
Tyler Reviews His Braces Procedure

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"I came in to see Dr. Greg to get braces. When I first found out I needed to get braces, I was pretty excited because it was going to change my whole smile, and my teeth were going to be straight. I'm pretty excited to get my braces off. I can start eating the things that I'm not allowed to with braces, so I'm pretty excited about that. Dr. Greg is a great guy – a great experience. He's very funny and welcoming. There's a little game room with iPads, and you play before your appointment. After you get your braces looked at, you get to go, and when you're leaving, you get an ice cream on the way out."

Donato got braces and Invisalign in Fresno, CA
Donato Reviews His Braces Procedure

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"So I came to Nalchajian Orthodontics because I had a big gap in my front two teeth. My overall experience with Nalchajian has been very great. They’ve all been very welcoming, and they’re very easygoing and very helpful. When I first came in, I was really nervous because I didn’t know if the treatment would work with my teeth, but then once Dr. Nicole explained everything, I felt a lot more comfortable, and I knew everything was going to be ok with it. My treatment is going very well. My gap is closed and now my overbite is being closed. I love taking pictures with my new smile now. If any of my friends or family need orthodontics, I highly recommend Nalchajian."

Karen's children got braces in Fresno, CA
Karen Reviews Her Braces Procedure

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"Dr. Nicole just put our family at ease and has a calming effect over all of us, including my kids. The staff here at Nalchajian is welcoming when you walk in the door. They’re just happy. It feels as if they love what they do. Jaden, our daughter Jaden, who now has her braces off, has referenced, ‘I just love my teeth!’ Do yourself a favor and consider walking in these doors and embarking upon this journey for yourself or for your kids. Please, Dr. Nicole—five stars plus."

Frequently Asked Questions

How much do braces cost? 

The cost of braces varies depending on how long you need to wear them for, the appliances you need, your insurance, and other factors. To find out how much your braces treatment would cost, contact us in Clovis for a consultation. 

What is the right age for braces?

Braces are often recommended for children around preteen years before puberty. During this time, the child’s facial structures are still developing, making it easier to guide their jaws and teeth into the correct positions. Braces are just as effective for adults, too! We see many adult patients start their orthodontic journey in their 20s, 30s, and beyond.

How painful are braces? 

It does not hurt to get braces put on. After they are put on, and after adjustments, your mouth may feel sore for a few days. This is normal and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications.

Why wear rubber bands with braces? 

Rubber bands are attached to specific brackets in the upper and lower arches and guide your bite into the correct position. You should wear rubber bands as directed 24 hours a day, only taking them out to eat or brush your teeth.

Your Family-Friendly Orthodontic Experts

We look forward to caring for you and your family at Nalchajian Orthodontics. Schedule an appointment today to start your journey to a beautiful, healthier smile!