Do I Need Braces?

Braces Union, NJ

Dr. Christel A. Hummert and the team at Garden State Orthodontics have the knowledge and experience to advise their patients working in or living near Union, NJ about orthodontic treatment options, such as braces. If the question is “Do I need braces?”, the answer may be easy to discern.

Common questions asked about braces in Union, NJ

What are braces?

They are a system comprised of metal brackets, a bonding substance, and an arch-wire that connects the brackets together. A thorough examination by Dr. Hummert will help determine what needs to be fixed and identify a goal position for the teeth in question. Metal brackets are adhered to the front surfaces of the teeth with a special dental adhesive. These brackets serve as an anchor for the arch-wire, which is the source of pressure that is used to move the teeth. The pressure exerted pushes the teeth into the desired position throughout the course of treatment.

What are the benefits?

The long-term goal is to have a set of nicely-ordered teeth. Correctly positioned teeth make cleaning, brushing, and flossing easier and more effective. A set of properly aligned teeth work more efficiently, are nicer to smile with, and contribute to the overall health and well-being of the patient.  

Do I need braces?

They are an effective treatment option for even the most serious cases of malocclusion (they can work to turn teeth or shift them upwards or downwards from the upper jaw). A malocclusion is a misalignment of the teeth in the mouth. Some examples are over-jet, open bite, cross-bite, overbite, under-bite, and spacing problems. These issues benefit from early intervention, and the most effective way to treat them is with braces.

When should I get them?

A patient’s age, the severity of the malocclusion, and the cost of treatment are important considerations when considering orthodontic treatment. Children as young as 7-years old should have their first appointment to examine the progress of their still growing teeth. Once a child loses all of their baby teeth and their adult teeth have finished growing in, there is no age limit to braces.

How much do they cost?

Orthodontic treatment can be expensive, but comparatively, braces are not as expensive as other orthodontic treatment options. Insurance may cover some costs, and supplemental insurance is available. For your convenience, a payment plan stretched across the length of treatment can make the process more affordable.


Dr. Hummert and the team at Garden State Orthodontics are experts in braces. If you have any questions pertaining to braces, clear braces, Invisalign, or Invisalign Teen in Union, NJ, 07083 zip code area, Springfield, NJ, Maplewood, NJ, Summit, NJ, Short Hills, NJ, Mountainside, NJ, Millburn, NJ or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Hummert, contact Garden State Orthodontics at: (973) 379-4471.