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

Achieve a Beautiful, Healthy Smile

Braces are a popular orthodontic treatment option for kids, teens, and adults. They are a safe and effective way to align teeth and address a number of orthodontic issues. At Nalchajian Orthodontics, we offer a wide variety of orthodontic treatments to help you achieve an aligned smile that looks great and functions properly. Advances in orthodontics allow you to choose from a variety of treatment options to suit your specific needs, preferences, and budget.

During your initial consultation with Dr. Greg Nalchajian or Dr. Nicole Nalchajian, we will discuss all your options for braces and create a custom treatment plan for you or your child. We offer braces treatment for patients of all ages in Fresno, CA. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.

How Do Braces Work? 

Traditional metal braces remain a very popular choice for their affordability and performance and are still recognized as the most common orthodontic technique. Today's braces have evolved to offer an experience more comfortable and customizable than ever before. This treatment works by using brackets and wires to move teeth with gradual pressure. Over time, your teeth will shift into their proper positions, improving your bite, alignment, and confidence. 

There are four components of braces:

  • The piece that attaches to the tooth and arch wire, called the bracket
  • The bond that cements the bracket to the tooth
  • The arch wire that runs across the entire upper or lower arch and through each bracket
  • The ligature elastic, which fits around each bracket and holds the arch wire in place

With metal braces, stainless steel brackets and wires are used. Ceramic braces work similarly, but they are made of a tooth-colored ceramic material instead of stainless steel.

What to Expect During Braces Appointments

During your adjustment appointments, your orthodontist will check to make sure that every component of your appliance is in place and that your treatment is going to plan. Your orthodontist will then adjust your braces that will continue to shift your teeth into proper alignment. Some patients may experience minimal discomfort after an adjustment, but most patients forget they are even wearing braces.

The ligature elastics, ties, and brackets are offered in a variety of colors and can be changed during adjustments. This is a fun and special way to show off your orthodontic treatment and gives you the opportunity to show off your unique style.

Typically, we will schedule a braces check-up appointment every 4 to 8 weeks. If you have a question for us at any point during your braces treatment, please give us a call. Our team is happy to answer any questions that you may have and can work through several solutions over the phone.

Types of Braces

From traditional braces to clear aligners, our office has multiple options to suit your orthodontic needs and personal preferences. Here are a few of the most popular options for braces.

  • Traditional metal braces are a common orthodontic technique that straightens the teeth using metal brackets and wires. The ligatures and ties used with traditional braces come in a variety of colors that can be changed at every adjustment for added fun. Clear ligatures and ties are offered as well.
  • Ceramic braces are popular among those who have cosmetic concerns about traditional braces because they are less visible. However, they are often placed on the upper front teeth only due to the extra care required.

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 

While plenty of your favorite foods and snacks can be enjoyed while you have braces, some foods can damage your appliances and need to be avoided.

Foods to Avoid with Braces

  • Chewy foods: bagels, licorice, beef jerky
  • Crunchy foods: popcorn, chips, ice
  • Sticky foods: caramel candies, chewing gum
  • Hard foods: nuts, hard candies
  • Foods that require biting into: corn on the cob, whole apples, carrots

Foods You Can Eat with Braces

  • Dairy: soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
  • Breads: soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins (without nuts)
  • Grains: pasta, soft-cooked rice
  • Meats/poultry: soft-cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
  • Seafood: tuna, salmon, crab cakes
  • Vegetables: mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans
  • Fruits: applesauce, bananas, fruit juice
  • Treats: ice cream (without nuts), milkshakes, Jell-O®, soft cake

Soreness From Braces and Appliances

It is normal to feel sore after getting braces. An over-the-counter pain medication, like ibuprofen, can help relieve the pain. Remember that any discomfort is temporary. You will start to feel better in 3–4 days.

Your mouth might feel different for a little while and can take up to 2 weeks to get used to the new appliances. Your lips, cheeks, and tongue may also become irritated during this time. Wax can be applied to reduce tenderness. Loose teeth during your treatment is normal—in fact, it is necessary for tooth movement. Once your treatment is complete, your teeth will no longer be loose.

Loose Wires and Bands

Please contact our office if your wires and bands become loose. We will resolve this issue as soon as possible and repair your appliance if needed. If you are unable to see us right away, you can use the back of a spoon or a pencil eraser to push a loose or poking wire back into position gently. If you are experiencing any pain or irritation because of a broken wire, wax or a cotton ball soaked in water can help. Be sure to bring any piece of your appliance that may have broken or fallen off to the appointment.

Taking Care of Your Appliances

You need to know how to take care of your appliances and follow your orthodontist’s instructions, such as the use of your rubber bands, retainer, and other appliances.

Playing Sports With Braces

To prevent damage while you play sports, consider wearing a mouth guard. In the case of a sports emergency, check your mouth and appliance for any sign of damage. Contact us immediately if you notice a loose wire or bracket.

Taking Care of Your Teeth

During your orthodontic treatment, it is very important to maintain good oral hygiene habits. Improper care can lead to a delay in your orthodontic treatment or even cavities and gum disease. Be sure to clean and wear your appliances as directed.

Braces in Fresno, CA

Whether you are seeking orthodontic treatment for your child or yourself, our goal is to deliver a positive and fun orthodontic experience. To learn more about your treatment options for yourself or your child, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule a complimentary consultation. Drs. Greg Nalchajian and Nicole Nalchajian will assess your current oral health situation and help you select the type of braces that will provide a beautiful new smile.

Hear From Braces Patients

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

Reviews From Our Braces Patients

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Claire Reviews Her Braces Procedure

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"My name is Claire. I live in Fresno, and I had braces and Invisalign here in Nalchajian Orthodontics. When I first came, everybody was really friendly, and it was a really welcoming environment. The staff here are all really super kind. All of my doctors so far have been really helpful. They've all directed me where I need to go and they've all been sweet when having a conversation. I'm really happy with how my procedure went. And I definitely feel like I smile a lot more. My overall experience here was really positive. I would recommend Nalchajian Orthodontics."

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Christian Reviews His Braces Procedure

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"I'm Christian. I live in Fresno. I got my braces put on here. The people at the front desk—they introduced themselves to me. They're definitely doing their job. The doctors here were very nice. They were patient. They always tell me what they were going to do. They answered all my questions and made me feel comfortable. It's been a drastic change and I can't wait to see my new smile. I'm very happy with it so far. I had a great experience here. I would highly recommend it to anyone who needs braces."

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Maureen Reviews Her Braces Procedure

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"I was going to treat myself to an early retirement gift and have braces. I heard from mutual friends – coworkers – about Dr. Nalchajian (Dr. Greg and Dr. Nicole). My experience, from the beginning, was nothing but warm – from the front desk all the way to the techs to Dr. Greg and Dr. Nicole. I'm a pretty confident person, but I think I became even more confident. I just feel so amazing about everything that's happened. It was a wonderful experience. I have so many friends that want to get braces. They are anxious to start on track and get their best smile they possibly can have. I recommend Nalchajian Orthodontics."

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Cammie Reviews Her Braces Procedure

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"My name is Cammie, I'm from Fresno, and I am currently in braces from Nalchajian Orthodontics. When I first walked into this practice, it gives such a warm feeling and a welcome feeling. The staff here is very personable. Dr. Nicole and Dr. Greg are amazing. They're spot on. They take their time to make sure they meet every need. It's been great since I've received my braces. I have a big personality, so I definitely need a great big smile to match that personality. My overall experience here has been over-the-top fantastic. I would recommend Nalchajian Orthodontics. My smile—it speaks for itself."

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Katherine Reviews Her Braces Procedure

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"I first came into Nalchajian Orthodontics because another mom told me about it. Everyone was very friendly and they had a lot of incentives for the kids here. My daughter has braces right now she's had them for about six months. We've already seen so much improvement and they work well with her and make her feel comfortable. Every single time Dr. Nicole is amazing. She comes in all the time super happy. She's always happy to see us. She's excited about the treatment–she's excited about the progress of everything. There were other parents out there looking for a place to come and get braces I would recommend Nalchajian because they make us feel safe and happy and it's just like a little home away from home here."

Frequently Asked Questions: Braces

Do braces hurt? 

Most patients have little to no pain while wearing braces. After your braces are tightened, it’s normal to feel some pressure for a few days or a week—that means they’re working! You can manage any discomfort with ice packs or over-the-counter pain relievers. 

What is the right age for braces? 

A child should visit an orthodontist around the age of 7. Early treatment can prevent the need for future orthodontics and promotes healthy development of the adult teeth. Most children who need braces will get them between the ages of 9 and 14. One great thing about braces is that there’s no age limit! Many adults also wear braces to correct issues and feel more confident about their smile. Learn more about Orthodontics for Children and Orthodontics for Adults.

What do rubber bands for braces do? 

Rubber bands apply extra force on your teeth to reposition your jaw. They are very helpful in correcting bite issues and also straightening your teeth. When you start wearing rubber bands, we will show you how to put them on and which brackets they attach to. You should wear your rubber bands 24 hours a day and only take them out as instructed by your orthodontist.

Should I get braces? 

Braces can benefit you in many ways, from improving your health to helping you feel more confident. You should talk to an orthodontist about braces if you or your child have crooked teeth, gaps between teeth, difficulty flossing or brushing, jaw problems, or notice your bite seems “off” when biting and chewing.

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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!

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